I wanted to share this with you all as it is a piece I am very proud of. “In Vogue” is a creative piece I wrote in Matric, using a Coco Chanel quote as inspiration. Keep your eye out for more writing pieces to follow.
Much love X
Fashion influences the world and the world influences fashion. Inspiration for what is fashionable and the authority of trend comes from the world around us and what the “beau monde” gather inspiration from. As Coco said: “…Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
I read my first Vogue, when I was 12. The cover seduced me in CNA and I begged to own it. It was a voyage of mystical discovery. The silky feel of the paper drew me in and I started to hear the in the whisper of the pages the voice of fashion and to see for the first time in my life, the visual display of the evolution of the feminine aesthetic. My soul had been stolen and I was lost, and still am. My love affair continues. It is hypnotic, it is seductive, it is enchanting.
Fashion, but more importantly style I have started to understand is the personal interpretation of what is fashionable, and is a matter of instinct. It is also appreciating how every art form influences the other. It is the recognition of interplay of the film director, the artist, the architect, the writer, the musician and the designer.
I visited New York for the first time in December. In the ice cold air, I suffered sensory gluttony when all the sights, sounds and smells of a city in universal worship came together in a riotous kaleidoscope.
New York, Paris and Milan are to fashion, what cathedrals are to the Roman Catholic faith. They are curators and inventors of fashion. For me the Vatican city is New York. New York is fashion, it is vogue, it is style.
The reinvigoration of the near dead, hush puppy brand in the mid 1990s can be put down to the New York fashionistas who pioneered the “geek chic” revival in downtown New York. Causal meets cool. Heritage revisited.Scott Fitzgerald, the legendary author influenced a whole genre of fashion, music and art with his work, the timeless classic,The Great Gatsby.Written in 1925, the work was a mirror of the gaudiness of the era. The “roaring 20s” were immortalised in the book where jazz music, feminism and flapper dresses were melded together in a passion of work that will forever influence the future of fashion and style. The first film, released in 1974, drove the fashion of the 1970s from the riot of the disco era to follow suit. Echoes of the 1920s rebounded in the fashion of the dropped waistlines and cloche hats that emerged on the bodies of IT girls like Bianca Jagger.
Some 40 years later, Dicaprio and Mulligan in the current remake of the famous film have once again re-birthed the fabulous flapper fashion in the pages of Elle and Vogue. When the fringe-dropped waist dress is worn it comes with its own story. It has its own memories and clothes the wearer in more than just material. Driven by Gatsby renaissance, Echoes of Deco are also reverberating. Art Deco, an architectural movement born in the late 1920s once again contemplates back on our engagement with that time and place.
For me my passion for fashion feeds my soul. It is my instant language. I can wear one dress in a myriad of ways. I can wear what I feel on that day. Fashion is art, clothes are the colours and we are the canvass.
“…We put something on, we feel like a new person…” Michael Kors.