Fashion Week SA for Beginners
Fashion Oct 15, 2018
Fashion Week SA for Beginners.
Some people were born with the natural ability to decipher the mysterious art of fashion. Not all of us though. We rely on these shamans of undergarments to guide us in the correct direction.
Who knows what we’d get caught out in this season? There was a time when granny pants were in fashion, believe it or not. About the time of our grannies.
In any case, twice a year South Africa hosts an illustrious fashion event full of colour and peacocks per se which determine the look for the next two quarters. This is important, because otherwise, how will you show you’re with it?
Fashion Week 2018 October is expected to be especially hot this season. We have it on good authority that there are especially divine designs.
Here’s the thing:
It’s typical in fashion shows to be shown as intimidating. “Who’d wear that?” “What were they thinking?” “Oh my word!” It’s bizarre, we know, but it’s the intrinsic of the design that make it through from the catwalk to the wardrobes.
How bizarre to bazar.
Many people forget that fashion designers are essentially artists. With art comes experimentality and expression. What you end up buying from a Truworths isn’t necessarily what was worn on a Milan catwalk. Unless you’re dating a Hollywood star and accompanying them to a premiere event, your connection to the Avant Garde is limited.
For instance, Liz Hurley famously became famous by being Hugh Grant’s date while wearing an exquisitely extreme dress. It is known as the “Black Versace Dress of Elizabeth Hurley” on the official Wikipedia page entry. Yes, it has its own Wikipedia page entry.
See left for the picture. It was at the premiere for Four Weddings and a Funeral, which made Hugh’s name as an actor, but the evening star was eclipsed by Hurley. Can you blame anybody when you see how stunning she was in this very-hard-to-pull-off dress?
But that’s not exactly typical. We don’t tend to wear safety pins to our dresses during the course of our busy work week. Never mind the commotion at the office, it’s a little too breathy at this time of year.
This is irrelevant when it comes to fashion shows, because fashion shows are about showing the extremities of art theory and stage art. It’s arty to the nth degree.
See it like an odd mix between a new theatre production, new art show and a desire to dress a bit differently from last year.
This is well expressed here:
“Only when you unleash your creativity no matter what profession you’re in, can you make something different,” is what fashion designer Faryal Hussain once said. She was responding to criticism that fashion shows could be unpractical in what they displayed.
And that’s the point: fashion shows are meant to take fashion to the edge, just like concept cars are meant to take motor vehicle ideas to the end of the highway. We know it isn’t possible. Realistic.
Likely to happen this century.
But it is meant to encourage creative thinking, so the next generation (i.e. season) is satisfactorily different.
When the extraordinarily bizarre mutates into the more demure design, it goes to your nearest clothing department store, where, thankfully, you don’t have to try go full Hurley.
Whatever they say about fashion, we are mere mortals, after all. Pulling off safety pin dresses isn’t for all of us. But we can trust our local Truworths, Edgars, and Markham (and all other Rosebank clothing shops) to get the right gear for us to wear this season.
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