Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Once upon a Fad

"Outta sight..Oh my god! This is so fad!” one of the ways our zealous teenagers would react on seeing something insanely appealing.
 Slangs being the IT vocab mayor.
Funny thing is, not all of us know what fad really is. I made an attempt to ask a few people because i, myself was one of the unfortunate lot not to "really know" what fad meant. I got some interesting answers here-
Ans # 1: Ohhh it means radical.
P.S:        um. Yes.

Ans # 2: Isn’t that some kind of a drug?
P.S:        even better.

Ans # 3: I guess it has something to do with obesity.
P.S:       Okay that word is fat, lady. Jesus Christ she needs help.

Ans # 4: Oh is that the new Brad Pitt movie i missed?
P.S:        No, the movie you missed was, "Broaden thy horizon".

Ans # 5: Can you please spell that for me?
P.S:        Err.. Yes the toughest 3 letter word to be spelled.

So for the love of Fashion , i decided to take the initiative and educate the naive section of the society about what fad really is.
Fads are something that is embraced very enthusiastically for a short time, especially by many people. This is the most technically correct definition i have seen considering the answers i received from people whose names i choose not to disclose for safety reasons.(Not theirs, mine)
Coming back to fads, some of the fashion revolutions we have witnessed in the past decade have been remarkable. The term fashion got its rightful place, due to the very influential Charles Frederick Worth.
Let me brief you about some fads, Ones which i remember, flower power, goth, punk etc are some which just struck me.
A very interesting article came to my notice, parts of which i am posting. 
Very descriptive and easy to imagine-
"Traipsing down the street in her tomato-red Converse All-Stars, she stops on the side of the road to check her appearance in the record and tape store window. With the ends of her tapered whitewashed jeans expertly tucked into the rolls of her bright orange socks, she tightens her ponytail. She forgot to crimp her hair this morning. Her hair sprouting directly out of the left side of her head, she ties the hem of her shirt into a knot and continues on her way to school. Innocent bystanders can't help but ask who is this girl? She's an '80s runaway, a pathetic display undiscovered by the fashion police. "
Ever since magazines made fashion trends a worldwide craze, both awful and decent clothes have hit stores in bulk. Whoever coined the phrase "you can't get enough of a good thing" was obviously oblivious to the entire bellbottom phase. Bellbottoms were a revolution in pants when they first came out. They were still selling in mass after three years.  The fact that anyone was paying money for them ten years later is a tragedy, and worthwhile only in the sense that families become closer by looking at pictures of relatives in them and laughing together. They've come back in a much more subdued style called the "flare", but thankfully, they're only sold to women.
The flower power was prolly the most overly colourful fad “fashion-kind” must have witnessed. Somebody somewhere during that period was coining a phrase: Excess of everything is bad. 
And seriously, it is.
If you wake up in the morning thinking you can dress like a bouquet of flowers then in the name of Westwood, you deserve to die. 
Flower power introduced men to the feminine prints. Which today some men have rightfully embodied.
No, really.
Ridiculous shirts and pants can only be complemented by even worse shoes. Take platforms, for example. I see no legitimate use for them unless you're a little short of the height requirement for rides at amusement parks.
Talking about the grunge look of the mid 90s, everybody wore baggy pants flashing their fancy inners with baggy shirts and equality took a new stand when men and women looked the same. The skater punk look successfully made the very famous Kurt Cobain tee famous which every darn teenager prolly has in his wardrobe. Even today.
What’s truly fascinating about the fashion industry is that as trends go on, they decide the next trend would be a total opposite. If the first one was a flop, the archenemy is bound to be a flop as well, at least to those looking back. The '90s are a perfect example. What's worse is that one can't help but be swayed by apparel of actors and actresses in the movies, even though they tend to poke fun at fashion rather than try to promote it. Talking about movies, there have been some fantastic moments in movies too. For example, the movie clueless is like every girl's dream come true or the more recent Devil wears Prada.
Fashion Faux pas is a very important part in the fashion world, i mean who wouldn’t want to see people sporting florescent tank tops with extra patched jeans and every possible embellishment done?
 Keeping all this in mind, i drew an important conclusion; 
 Fashion leaders would be nothing without the fashion victim's worse species, i call them the "fashion Faux Pas Leaders.

My take: Keep it understated. If you scream less, you might just be heard.
Summer love

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1 comment:

  1. Fantastic post! Felt like traveling along time with some one guiding fashion by my side. Your writing is really good; direct and crisp. Do keep them coming. Looking forward to further posts too. :)