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Expressions and Concepts in Fashion Part I

Prompted by this passion for nonsense that the fashion industry has been displaying for quite a few years now, I decided to work on a glossary of the most abused terms and concepts in fashion (and one day I will put together a list of bits and pieces selected most hilarious releases.). What follows is just an extract. canada goose factory outlet toronto location Enjoy.Archive: Canada Goose Outlet This magic term indicated up until a few years ago the Sancta Sanctorum of a fashion house or a particular museum. In modern language an archive can even consist of a pile of dusty cardboard boxes stacked in the corner or a PR office. At times this word is pretentiously used in connection with young brands who may have been showcasing their collections for very few years (think 2 to 4). Critics will say that the young creative director turned to “the brand archive”, but what they essentially mean is that, having already finished the good ideas and not having enough time to think about better ones, the creative director decided to revomit some garments from the previous collections adding slight variations to them. Example of a dialogue mentioning The Bauhaus: “Journalist: What inspired your collection? canada goose uk Designer: The Bauhaus; Journalist: How delightful!” Riccardo Tisci has by now referred to The Bauhaus as an inspiration in interviews so many times that it amazing we still believe him without ever asking him which works/artists he has been referencing.Building a sustainable future: Exploiting Africa. Having exploited most of Asia, the fashion industry is currently diverting its deadly gaze somewhere else.Capsule Collection: Incoherent selection of 6 garments or accessories by a specific fashion designer for a high street retailer or a brand. It is usually driven by the unquenchable desire of generating money and pollution, masked as a fun “collaboration” (see also collaboration).Catwalk/Collection Press Release: Don touch it, don try to decipher it, you have just come across the Da Vinci Code fashion, in a nutshell, a pile of utter nonsense. Don try to read it because your surprised face will automatically mean that the PR officer in charge will smell your fear and canada goose parka outlet uk confusion and take advantage of the situation. In doubt, call a linguist who will explain you that casually assembled sentences/descriptions designer delved into the dark recesses of his childhood official canada goose outlet investigating the inaccessible fragmented shards of and of an obscure Catholic education, traversed by the metaphisical notions of philosophy. The result is a collection conceived as a multi sensory experience” do not mean at all.Collaboration: Once upon a time in a galaxy far canada goose outlet in uk away collaborating meant working with somebody else onto the same project or developing something together. This word has now mutated becoming a genetically modified octopus with multiple meanings at different levels: it canada goose outlet website legit can hint at a fashion house doing a product/a collection for a specific high street brand; a celebrity endorsing a product; a high profile blogger doing some kind of projects such as illustrations, photo buy canada goose uk shoots, styling and so on for a brand, and the list of collaborations goes on and on. In most cases it is an umbrella term that may mean “anything you do with or for a specific client” and it usually involves the client paying you. Sounds like prostitution you say? Then you got it, it can be a form of legalised glamorous prostitution with no sex involved. Most collaborations are actually endorsements: if you collaborating with a brand to organise an exhibition, the PR officer of the brand canada goose outlet 80 off may have already chosen what they want you to exhibit, canada goose outlet trillium parka black and you will just to have to nod and say yes. Then you have “collaborated” together.Costume Designer: A serious profession before a wide range of designers and labels infiltrated cinema, theatre, opera and ballet and turned these fields into a product placement game. Luchino Visconti used to joke about using Louis Vuitton trunks in his films because they carried his initials, but Louis Vuitton never designed the canada goose shop uk cases appearing in his films. Do you really want to be a costume designer? Then be ready to compete with Prada, Givenchy, canada goose outlet store calgary Valentino, Rodarte, Altuzarra, Stella McCartney, Gaultier, and many more. Cheer up, though: most of them don have the sensibility to do your job and think that a tutu consists in up a lot of tulle layers one after the other. Repeat the mantra: Prada is not Danilo Donati; Prada is not Tosi.Curator/To Curate: Definitely the most abused term in the creative arts world. A curator used to be a highly educated person who took care of cataloguing a collection or who put together exhibition. Now everybody can be a curator and everybody can curate everything, from an exhibition to a window shop, from a film festival to a magazine, a photo shoot or an advertising campaign. One of the most popular fun T shirts canada goose kensington parka uk seen at assorted art events canada goose outlet washington dc all over the world just spells “CURATOR” and I sure that, if Ikea did toilet signs with the words “Curated by.” and some space left add the name you want, would sell millions. A very obnoxious example of how this word has been abused: the press releases to some fashion shows the section “Music curated by” and quite often the musical selection ends up being pile of vile tracks canada goose outlet kokemuksia (Burberry shows anybody?).Customisation: A word with the potential of killing the fashion industry and the mass marketed economy used by big brands to convince consumers they can be the “curators” (see curator) of their own wardrobes. With this in mind they offer customisation services on expensive branded items. Remember that you already the “curator” our own wardrobe and that you don need a powerful brand to brainwash you.Democratising fashion: The vague impression that many young people have (reinforced by a bunch of lying fashion editors la Franca Sozzani) that fashion has bene democratised since they can buy an affordable price a piece produced by a high street brand but pilfered from collection of an expensive house. Now, there would be a genuine democratisation when everybody could afford high quality garments produced respecting certain labour and manufacturing standards, rules and regulations. There is nothing democratic canada goose jacket outlet in producing cheap garments canada goose factory outlet vancouver in sweatshops and making them pass as a collaboration between a famous fashion house and a high street retailer. There is nothing democratic when only a fraction of the can afford certain items, while all the others can only buy copies.Heritage: Usually employed in conjunction with (at least 50 years old) fashion houses and institutions, now often used together with the term “archive” to define the “signature style” of extremely young brands (including Victoria Beckham, ah, the hilarity.).Icon of style: In the past an actor or actress, but also artists who effortlessly represented style even when/if dressed in rags. Think about Marcello Mastroianni or Audrey Hepburn and you get an idea. In most cases these icons were also gifted with other talents (actors and actresses could actually act!), now this definition can be applied to pompous bastards (Karl Lagerfeld), obnoxious dead politicians (Margaret Thatcher), useless celebrities (Kim Kardashian) and assorted actors/actresses/models etc. In most cases, the title “icon of style” refers canada goose jacket outlet uk to the fact that the icon in question dresses well or as a good stylist. Quite modern icons of style do relate well to other fellow human beings and display aggressively non iconic behaviour towards who do not admire them or who do not fit their own canons of beauty for example comments on people he canada goose jacket uk may not like la Adele).Empowering: Usually followed by the words “women”, “silhouettes” and “collection”, but the next step is “empowering imagination”, at least according to former PPR, from mid June this year Kering. is something naturally empowering, right because it called “imagination”, if you need to empower it, you must be really desperate.Ethical: Guilt free label often used by high street retailers. Fashion is not ethical, canada goose outlet new york city in fact there is nothing ethical in fashion and when this word is used, it usually that is highly immoral. H “ethical” evening wear range “Conscious Exclusive” automatically implies canada goose outlet in canada all their other lines are, well, simply unethical.Eco conscious/eco friendly: Another guilt free label overemployed in fashion. If fashion were eco conscious or eco friendly we wouldn be depending on fast trends and companies producing more items than they can sell. Wouldn producing fewer T shirts with vapid slogans about saving our planet (or not producing them at all) be less damaging to our planet than actually proving with a toxic T shirt that you love trees?See you tomorrow for the second part of “A Brief of the Most Abused Terms, Expressions and Concepts in Fashion”.

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