Creating your own individual high fashion
by Olivia Harris '10, Staff Writer
It's a world like no other. A constantly changing fantasy with no purpose but to please the unwilling. Colors, shapes and patterns leave you trying to go into someone's mind and create meaning out of what means nothing yet everything. You dream of getting a bigger taste of their eccentric universe. It's a world apart; a world unimagined by regular people. Its nature is beyond yet so close to our existence. "It" is the "meager" world of fashion.
This fall season, fashion designers began to take new approaches to clothes they showcase for their ready-to-wear collections. Designers like Olivier Theyskens, Alber Elbaz, John Galliano, and Givenchy have created stepping stones into a new fantasy world that crawls out the mind of the world's greatest known artists.
Givenchy and Balenciaga have created a dark fantasy with strong architectural designs that make the woman seem so powerful. Intimidation consumes the object of their attention. Other designers such as Theyskens and Galliano have no concept of weather. The designs are what they make it, and their imaginative minds let nothing stand in their way.
For the Lanvin collection, Alber Elbaz creates dresses out of not fabric, but sewn together pieces of thread, creating a calming flow each step the wearer takes. With all of these intricate designs and unthinkable concepts of creating clothing, fashion is becoming harder and harder to imitate for those whose pockets can't even afford just one piece of the luxurious fabric used in most of the high fashion designers' collections.
Such extravagance boggles the mind of the teenager who breathes fashion. Our whole concept of what is fashionable or not, what is "in" or not, becomes trampled by the idea that fashion must be the most expensive, cutest thing a designer offers.
"I don't really have a favorite designer, the clothes are so expensive there's no point in trying to buy them," said Chanae Davis '10. The best clothes are from the high end designers that offer generally low-end prices.
A designer's unique inspirations lead them to portray distinctly different concepts in their clothing. Yet the very individuality expressed by top known designers creates a trend that can be molded into your own.
"The main purpose of high fashion is to sell to the wealthy and rich," said Adrianna Cornish '10. But yet some designers keep us in mind. They set examples more than create inevitable pieces of clothing. Designers open up our minds to the possibilities and urging us to a sense of a limit less world.
Outrageous designs and color pallets makes the rest of the world comfortable to be themselves. "The clothes don't reflect anything," said designer Albert Elbaz in an interview on Style.com. "It's not the clothes that are reflected, it's the people in them who make the clothes. A good dress is one that disappears on a person."
What many people misunderstand is the concept Mr. Elbaz, along with many other, try to convey. They are there to make the wearer beautiful. Clothes are just clothes, but fashion is you. Can you imagine?-- a world that brings our wildest fantasies to life.
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