“Blog is such a dirty word,” Leandra Medine aka the Man Repellersaid it and I agree. When I started “blogging” it was around February/March of this year, I had little to no experience in writing about fashion. It was at this time the now infamously contentious article, “the Circus of Fashion” by Suzy Menkes surfaced. At the time I didn’t want to write about this issue because I felt I had no place. I had no authority nor credibility to write about the article and you could even argue that to this day and forth until I receive formal education in relation to fashion writing, I have no place and serve no purpose in the fashion industry. However, as the year ends and a new one begins, I feel as though I have matured both in words and my opinions of the fashion industry. The Circus of Fashion was an exceptional piece as it forced people to discuss the changing nature of the fashion industry and more importantly, the role of “bloggers” in fashion. The Circus of Fashion started a conversation that was well overdue.
You cannot deny that the Circus of Fashion serves up the brutal truth about the changing ways of the fashion industry. So brushing off Menkes as a “hater” of sorts would be juvenile and even disrespectful. The article surrounds the issue that in fashion there are indeed, show-offs – those who dress for the attention or the genuinely stylish. I think whilst this may be true to an extent, applying these two labels to the fashion industry directly opposes the liberal doctrine of fashion. I have said it before and I will say it again, fashion is supposed to be liberal. It shouldn’t be governed by laws or rules or regulations. No one should be able to say how low the hem of your skirt should be (here’s looking at you high school) or that you can’t wear jeans and runners together (yes I went there). Fashion serves a purpose for everyone, whether you’re aware of it or not, you are in fact a part of the fashion industry even if you don’t consider yourself “fashionable.” In any case, the genuinely “stylish” as Menkes refers to them may in fact be the show-offs. So what is style? Can you see it? Can you feel it? How do you describe it?