We have been together so long and have so many beautiful memories. Do you remember the time that you advised me to wear red heels instead of back heels with my LBD (Little Black Dress) to the cocktail party at the Puck Building in New York? It was 1998, the same year Google was launched and impeachment proceedings against President Clinton began. We were a smash that evening because we were breaking away from trends that embraced matching shoe color with dress color.
1997 was awash with black and you knew it was time for a change. 1998 was the year you said we should move away from the stark and depressing look of a wardrobe dominated by black. You said, “Wear reds, deep blues, purples, grays and winter whites!” With your swift declaration you eradicated the dominance of black in our wardrobes. Nice going Fashion! That was also the year that you said to try cashmere—I did and have never turned back. In the same year you said on a whim, “Let’s make denim a luxury fabric and let’s make jeans the only pant we wear.” I know you were kidding Fashion, but remember, everyone takes you literally! I know we have had our crazy moments too. Remember the night in 2001 when we got drunk on sake and you thought it would be hilarious to tell women that velour-track suits with the word, “Juicy,” inscribed across the ass was chic?
Yes, Fashion we have had so many great times together. But Fashion I am worried about you. For years now you have been making declarations that demand we follow a new trend every other week. Your cadence has gone from a easy cantor to a grand mal acid trip. In the past you have made mistakes (we all do) but, in the past, you have always made your mea culpa swiftly. Unfortunately, I think you have been too caught up in the hype of dressing based solely according to trend, brand and price. Why have you been telling me to purchase clothing that is made to last only a season or two? Why do you want me to wear someone else’s initials on my handbag that are not mine? And why, oh why, must you change your mind so often? Look what has happened, Fashion, because you have declared “Fast Fashion” and “Disposable Clothing” the “in thing”—we have forgotten what quality feels like and looks like but more importantly we have forgotten about the people whose lives are compromised because we think our clothes should be inexpensive.
Fashion, I am not breaking-up with you but if you don’t get some help I don’t know how much longer we can be friends.
Love you lots!
Eat well, laugh a lot and be chic!