I am always torn on how I feel about NYFW. Having worked as a merchandising/presentation and visual specialist for Banana Republic for a while I have a serious degree of appreciation for all things fashion. While I'm certainly not a fashion "expert" (and consider my own style pretty low-maintenance), I really do love fashion, style, and the art of it all. And I get almost giddy (and I'm really not a giddy-getting person, so this is a big deal) when fall comes around and I know NYFW is coming. I tear through the enormous fall issues of magazines and their countless fashion editorials. I love the design of the shows, the artistic displays, the complexity of many of the garments, the always-pushing-the-envelope-ness of it....
But then I see something and wonder "seriously, what crack were they smoking???". Thom Browne is a great example of this sentiment (though he's not the only designer that makes me wonder this by any means). I know he does the outrageous and weird for a reason. He's an artiste. But I look at the designs and the makeup and the headpieces and think "Good Jesus that is hideous."
So I'm torn because I appreciate the weirdness, but is it actually fashion? Is fashion supposed to appeal to the clothing-wearer in us, or just the artist? Is it exclusively what's "wearable", no matter how unlikely someone is to actually wear it? Is it functional? Why does it appeal to us, even when it's so avante-garde or terrifyingly ugly that only a deranged person would put it on their body? I think "high fashion" often toes a fine line between art and garbage, honestly. I don't want to come off as a betch, and as I said, I'm definitely no expert and would love to open up some dialogue about this. I don't mean for this to insult anyone who friggin LOVES Thom Browne or Fabriano Fabbri or what have you. I just wonder if sometimes designers are so interested in pushing boundaries that they lose touch with the actual essence of what fashion IS.
But I suppose, isn't that makes any truly artist memorable?
Enjoy some of the strangest cat walks I've ever seen below. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Fashion Week in the comments!