By Lauren Goodnow
The Les Arts Décoratifs installation of Christian Lacroix’s Elsa Schiaparelli homage collection bombarded viewers with large fantastical couture outfits. Mannequins were dressed in bird like attire displaying feather prominently on headdresses and all over the colorful outfits. A mirrored carrousel enticed guests by displaying the fashion creatures on a slow rotation.
What was missed amongst all the feathers was true purpose or meaning behind the show. While the clothing was interesting to look at, it posed no questions nor made any commentary on anything besides an affinity for birds. The show in many opinions, which appears to have been commissioned only to occupy space, leaves much to be desired. This brings up the age old question of whether fashion needs to make a statement or whether fashion can just be beautiful pieces of clothing.
Critics of the show firmly believe that fashion needs to make a clear statement. When clothes and designer collections become just groups of pretty clothes with no real meaning, there is something missing. Real fashion goes beyond just pretty well made clothes. The collections that stick with fashion followers and experts in the field are those that say something. Memorable statements have been racist, sexist, commenting on a favorite past time, on past histories or on the state of clothing itself. No designer embodied statement clothing and collections more than Alexander McQueen whose show are still talked about years later.
When fashion expresses nothing, the reaction is nothing. Sure feathers and bird outfits are fun to look at, but what is the point? Fashion designers need to be aware that they are crafting more than just pretty pieces of clothing. Clothing is this amazing platform for expression by both designers and wearers. Clothing needs an interesting backstory to truly be considered fashion.
On the other hand, fashion can be as simple as a well-put together outfit. While more and more fashion writers and critics are taking one polar extreme, the beauty of fashion is that there is no wrong answer. Dressing each morning to saying some specific to the world is just as fashionable and important as dressing up in yellow because you like the color. While many critics argue the viladity of the Les Arts Décoratifs installation of Christian Lacroix’s Elsa Schiaparelli, many more where arguing its genius.
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