Sitting on a sun lounger in a million degree heat, I came across an Instagram snap of how to pronounce designers names the CORRECT way (god forbid you pronounced ‘Chanel’ as ‘channel’!). It made me chuckle. You can picture an … Continue reading
I’m a very deep thinker. I always wonder. It’s like a hobby of mine. So, as I was scrolling through net-a-porter this morning and creating my ‘dream wardrobe’ (weird thing to do on a Sunday, I know, but give a … Continue reading
Go to the beach and what do you find? Copies. Head down to Camden and what can you buy? Copies. Go online to find a cheap designer handbag and end up buying what? A copy. A god forsaken copy. To … Continue reading
Some people wish they were super skinny, like models in a magazine. People love the bare bones. Not me though. I’ve always thought curves are nicer. In my opinion, they make clothes look better. If you have no boobs, bum or tum, then realistically all your body does is act like a curtain pole. So unattractive, right? I like to (well I try) to embrace my curves. I kind of like having an hourglass figure as opposed to being a straight, boring rectangle. What’s a body without shape? A blob. You can probably see where this post is going…
You see, a fierce issue I have with the fashion industry is body image. I like a perfect figure which, nowadays, is seen as imperfect. We only have fashion to thank for the idea that being skinny is sexy, but seriously, what’s sexy about it? Whilst I understand some people are naturally skinny, there are some who make themselves skinny by strong diets, for example. I mean, if you’re a size 0 you:
- Are a AAAAAAA cup bra size
- Fit into W20 jeans due to having no bottom
- Have bones that poke out (seen as a “striking feature” in the modelling industry)
I could go on but you can see my point when I say that size 0 is not a real size. It’s fake. It’s a figment of our imagination and, obviously, photoshop. It’s a size that every women wishes they were, even though it’s non-existent.
To me, a sexy figure is any size so long as a woman adopts a Sasha Fierce kinda attitude. Size XS to size XXL are all the same thing! When you see a girl wearing her favourite outfit and feeling beautiful, you don’t think “oh wow, look at the pair on her,” you think “oh wow, she is working it!” WHO CARES if society deems XL as ‘fat’ – it’s not. Society is screwed in the head when it comes to body image…and I simply blame fashion. If fashion magazines or advertisers used plus-sized models then they would branch out to an entire new audience. Not just a plus-sized audience, but an audience of any size that appreciates when a fashion label has enough guts to break the barrier and use real people in campaigns directed to real people. So, not only would these models generate more business for the companies, but think how amazing people would feel knowing the industry isn’t as corrupt as it seems!
I am against size 0. I am against the super-skinny supermodels. I am for real people. I am for real figures. I am for making people feel as though the fashion industry is at their level. In all honesty it seems as though some designers create a statement where only “stunning” and “gorgeous” people can wear their clothes. I say to this…HA HA HA. People can wear whatever they want, it doesn’t matter whether they are big or not. Snooty brands and overly ambitious advertisements do not define size.
Everyone wants a designer item in their wardrobe…or two. I am guilty of this. I love designer products. Whether it be a precious Prada bag (please god one day), sexy Isabel Marant shoes, a Miu Miu coat or a beautiful Balenciaga dress – I want it. See, I am a sucker for designer. That doesn’t make me a snob, it just makes me a victim of wanting something of an extortionate price. On a single trip to Selfridges I could admittedly spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on, basically, everything. Yet, you could argue that the designers are losing what makes them “special” due to the gazillions of copies on the high street. So, the question that enters my mind is whether or not there’s a point in these brands selling their items for no less than hundreds (well millions to me because it is all so out of reach) of pounds.
I have to admit that I love the fact I can’t afford most of the designer things I would like. When I get something designer it makes the piece more special because it’s something I’ve worked for. Call me a weirdo, but I see the outrageous prices as, hmm, objects of ambition. I aspire to work hard for these things and when I achieve, I receive (through my own money of course, I am not a spoilt girl, although sometimes I wish I was!). Thus, these items are something special. Something I can work towards.
Of course this all goes to scrap when the high street shops, such as Topshop and River Island, choose to copy the designs of the beloved labels. I am personally so against high street copying designer. Ok, I understand that it gives people the chance to afford something that was originally unaffordable, but can the popular shops not come up with their own ideas and designs that are hot enough to set off trends? Yes, it is fair enough for these stores to take inspiration from top designers, but to copy the product so that they both look the same…not cool. Take the burberry shirt for example (you know, the one everyone is wearing with the hearts? The one first worn by Victoria Beckham and then by Harry Styles?). This £495 shirt has been replicated by Topshop and is selling for £38. Yes, I get this is a shirt with a simple design, but there is no need for Topshop to have copied every inch of the item and sell it as though its their design. JUST LIKE CHEATING IN A TEST IS UNACCEPTABLE, SO IS CHEATING IN FASHION.
When I (originally) thought of the high street market, I thought it was a great idea! These stores were creating trends…globally. I mean, as a young girl, I saw a point in time where it was high street leading designer. Everyone would rush to the shops to see the latest looks and buy them at such affordable prices and it was great. Everyone was a walking trend! But now, this has turned around, because the industry is back to square one. Designer is leading high street, again. Designer is the flamboyant woman walking her high street dog that is wearing an American Apparel hoodie – she’s leading the dog in the direction she wants to go in. I’m not saying this is bad but the cheaper goods should take inspiration, and may I repeat only inspiration, from the more expensive ones. This shouldn’t only be for “copyright” (or whatever the term is) reasons, but also because these cheap, exact copies take away the special feeling of owning something designer. High street is lessening the feeling of owning something so expensively beautiful.
WOW. A light bulb has just appeared above my head. I have a great analogy I’m going to end on. Cars. You don’t see a Fiat modelled in exactly the same way as a Maserati because that’s copying. So why is it acceptable for the high street to copy the designers? Products are products and copying is copying. Am I right?