1. a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.
2. conventional usage in dress, manners, etc.
3. Manner; way; mode
4. the make or form of anything
5. a kind; sort
6. workmanship (Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary)
I’m nothing if not honest. Even if I’m speaking to a customer service representative on the phone, I’ll tell them exactly how my day is going, as opposed to a generic reply. I’m about keeping things real, meaningful, true. But more than that, especially when it comes to fashion, I’m about being thorough and thoughtful.
When I got my degree in fashion, for example, I learned to examine color, texture, and fabric with millimetric precision. I’d spend hours on a project, investing my time into something I cared about. I never did anything just to “do it,” from the runways in Paris to 7th Avenue to Rodeo Drive. And yet, here I am, living in the generation of people who “follow to follow,” the age of instafashion, where everybody’s voice can be heard on just about any platform. But does everybody have a true fashion sense?
I am a firm believer in the value of information and the empowering nature of being educated. I know what it takes to pour over something, staring at it, just making sure that it looks the way it should. Now, the “fashion world” seems oversaturated with images that aren’t expressive of art but convenience, not expressive of achievement but self-promotion. In the age of the selfie, maybe we’ve lowered our standards. Just look around.
And, while I’m not one to lament where the world is going, I am one to make sure we still take the time to appreciate what deserves to be appreciated. Because some things are sacred. But have we reduced the legacy of Coco Chanel to cutesy vintage outfits strutted on the screen of a smartphone? Have we let our desire for instant gratification keep us from pursuing the next great thing in fashion?
This is not my own plea for relevance, nor is it a rant on the ills of social media. I just want to make sure we don’t lose the essence of what we’ve always held as greatness. I want to make sure to enjoy brewed coffee, carefully made, instead of popping something in a microwave just because I want it right then and there. Because some things in life are worth putting care into.