The subject of this post is a line from David Bowie’s “Suffragette City,” which, I don’t recall hearing at New York Fashion Week, but did take in a lot of other Bowie tunes. The runway was rife with homages to the incredibly talented artist, in both music and design, both mourning and celebrating his most recognized hits and iconic looks. As a Bowie fan myself, I appreciated the reminder of how great he was in making people happy, making people feel something, doing something not done before, along with creating something that happened to easily stand the test of time. And in thinking about it in the framing of New York Fashion Week, isn’t that what good design should also evoke in us?
Fashion week, from one season to another tends to be a big blur for me, as one solid mass of sameness, with a few gems that stand out in my memory and emotional reaction. I strive to create a personal style look for myself that feels original and not dated, and am hopeful to maintain a feeling about fashion that constantly reminds me of why I work so hard to be a part of it. I can’t help but defer to these all stars of the industry, aka the designers that show as fashion week, for inspiration, and I know it has to be a challenge to create greatness time after time (shoot, even Bowie wrote some flops), but I think as customers we’ve come to settle for mediocrity in design and quality.
Remember that you vote with your dollar, so cast that vote into a sartorial candidate that you believe in (sorry- can’t help but seep in a political analogy in this election year). Eventually, it can’t help but begin to shift the landscape of fashion into a direction that you’d like to see more and more of in the near future. The pieces that I’m wearing in this look, for me, embody that ideal, at least in this place and time. I could also be going to work, at a wedding, or to a fashion show today, or in the year 2020, and isn’t that an ultimate win when it comes to clothes and accessories?
In This Look:
Club Monaco Kaisle Dress via Shopbop (c/o)
Talbots Camel Coat (c/o; no longer available, see similar here)
Hanes Black Opaque Tights (c/o)
ShoeDazzle Suede Lace Up Chunky Heels (c/o; no longer available, see similar here)
Loren Hope Earrings (gift)
Hestra Megan Gloves via Shopbop (no longer available, see similar here)
Baublebar Cuff Bracelet (gift)
Baume & Mercier Linea Collection Watch (c/o)
Ray-Ban Wayfarers (gift)