The Fashion Industry is a Major Financial and Publicity Phenomenon. Why?
Thinking About Fashion
The fashion industry and its satellites have been exceptionally visible of late. It is that time of year wherein Fashion Week takes place in key centers. We lived in Paris and New York; we saw how big a deal these events are for those in and admiring of the fashion bubble.
The passing of Karl Lagerfeld, a legend in the business, also generated a lot of commentary of late. I don’t know much about Lagerfeld or his work. I loved the quote from him that was often cited in recent days: “I am a down to earth person. Just not this earth.” You have to like that one.
But there is a question to about fashion, it seems to me. That is, simply: Who cares?
I understand at least some of the creative environment that is fashion. But when I look at what is produced and the money spent on high-end products, I have to say I don’t find the value quotient. One hears about the stresses on people within the industry – especially young women. You see and hear all this enough, and one can be forgiven for thinking a pox on all of you. Be done with all this and find something more useful for the energy, creativity, and money to support.
There have been some marginal improvements in the industry in recent years. Some have adapted more realistic weight standards. They will not use people with unhealthily low weight. The #MeToo movement seems to have made some modest inroads as well.
Any improvements along these lines is welcome. Still, the whole arrangement seems industrial strength frivolity. It seems more wasteful and sillier than creative or useful. Am I missing something here? That may well be the case. A lot of people follow “news” in this world with real passion. The media loves highlighting who shows up for which shows. Impressive money puts this industry together and purchases the products.
There is also a big market for celebrity knock-offs on the lower end of the opulence scale. The newly anointed Duchess of Sussex, formerly known as Meagan Markle is an example. She can appear in public in something new and copies are in the stores the same week. Go figure.
Oh, No! Even Cars?
The fashion folks are not alone. Ever watch a perfume commercial on TV and wonder: “What the heck was that supposed to be about?” It’s hard not laugh at most of these. But the problem spreads! I bet the commercials for Lincoln automobiles are made by a refugee from the perfume industry. Lots of soulful looks and pointless visuals.
I hope Matthew McConaughey is paid handsomely for these things. They are a natural for Saturday Night Live to pick on. Here, check one out yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAuDTd2-Z1k
Let’s Do Something Else
The balance sheet of value, purpose, and outcomes seems very poor to me for this part of civilization. I would love to see people lose interest. That talent could go towards art or something else to celebrate.
That I probably should be wearing Adult Garanimals to avoid fashion blunders myself is not relevant….🙄
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