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The Pace of Fashion

The Pace of Fashion

posted on Sunday May 8, 2011 | in The Crystal Tearoom | 8 Comments

I’m getting ready to host the third Miu Miu Musings in London on Thursday.  Our moderator is Imran Ahmed of the Business of Fashion.  Let me know your thoughts on the pace of fashion today and if you’d like to add anything to the conversation please feel free to leave a comment or question here.  Looking forward to your thoughts.

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8 Comments

  1. Mioara Roncea (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    Do you think that bloggers have a strong word to say now, in fashion? Strong enough for designers to take them more seriously, now. Are bloggers some kind of a new walking models? More down to earth? Closer to the real people than to the perfect model?

  2. malika (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    Bloggers could be The light of the contemporary mood/mode sure ! fashion is an eternel change… of scene.

  3. Mioara Roncea (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    I totally agree with this poetic statement: “fashion is an eternal change … of scene”. Beautifully said, Malika.

  4. Michal♥Josh (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    Hi there Shala,

    Lately I’ve been toying around with a few thoughts regarding Miu Miu’s spring ’11 collection, and as a result – about the general place which Miu Miu – as a brand – is taking within our lives. It might sound a bit weird at first, but the main source which inspired those thoughts is the British psychoanalyst Dnald Winnicott, and his revolutionary (at least that’s how I see it) thesis about the importance of Playing. In short, Playing is the realm which does not answer to one of the two known dichotomies, i.e., the inner reality vs. the external world. Playing is a third plane, in which the child – and with Winnicott, it’s important to note that exactly the same goes for the adult – can experience creativity in a way that both connects him to himself and to his surroundings. This allows him to build a self which is culturally responsive and active (for Winnicott, how magnificently, that’s in a way what LIFE IS ABOUT). I guess what I’m trying to say here is that for me, the adjective “playful” – which always seems to be read/heard in closeness to a Miu Miu reference – didn’t seem to actually fit the true label’s nature. There was something much more serious, more allowing, more freeing about it – and all those missing parts, I feel, can be found in Winnicott’s exemplary analysis of The Play. This, I think, is also a way to explain the huge, ever-growing exposure that the label seems to get in editorials, blogs, and the cities’ streets. It’s because of that true creative freedom the clothes allow. It’s the freedom to play – play in the most serious, committed, and alive way one can find.
    P.S. Here’s a shot that is a worthy escort of my (I hope not too tiresome) Miu Miu musing: http://www.garancedore.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/costanza-perscolato-2.jpg

    Best,
    Michal

  5. Lyna (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    A very known stylist in the industry said “the rampant plagiarism in the fashion industry is repugnant.“ so I believe fashion is not moving forward but backwards…
    Some brands like Prada are very innovative, they manage to bring something different every season.
    Some brands like Givenchy are trying to go fast, maybe too fast for some people, a transgender model on the runway, an albino model in an ad campaign.
    And then you have the masses with brands like Zara who manage to copy everything that was on the runway at such a rapid pace…

  6. malika (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    many thanks Mioara, cause Shala is a blue bird … !!!

  7. the imaginologist (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    Fashion is a kind of language. As a system of signs and symbols, language is what facilitates communication between one imagination and another. We use fashion to say something. I think that as the world explodes into this new age of “hyper-communication”–a time when people are encouraged to constantly have something new and interesting to say (via twitter, for example)–there is an insatiable demand for the new, the next, the future. We, particularly in the West, are constantly searching for ways to update our vocabularies in order to feel relevant, valid, full participants in relation to the cultural shifts taking place around us. The pace of fashion, much like music and technology, cannot be considered separately from the pace at which individuals wish to interact with the world/others/self. Of course, there is always the question of whether fashion changes as a result of consumers’ demands, or consumers’ demands change as a result of fashion marketing. I think it’s a bit of both. Either way, the result seems to be a fashion world that is moving at a frenetic pace.

  8. Donna (Reply) on Sunday 8, 2011

    There is a raw creative edge to the European market ( especially the smaller labels in
    Italy) there are over 500 hundred of them in bologna that manufactures in Florence.
    These labels are virtually unknown to the US market, Why??????
    I miss the mass individuality in style and quality that is available to the European consumer.

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