I don't know where fashion is going.
To be completely honest, I've gone through so many ups and downs in the past couple of weeks trying to figure out whether I love it, hate it, or frankly, even know what "it" is.
Every time I convince myself that I'm in love with the way that fashion makes me feel, I come across another homogenized street style blog, another shamelessly subversive company endorsement, another infuriatingly mediocre "fashionista" - and I'm nauseated and disenchanted all over again.
I'm sure all of this has been said and done before, and that the "Fashion" industry's critics know no bounds, but it's tough to find myself so continually dissatisfied with something that was at one point so completely fulfilling.
Anyhow - as all of this junk was tumbling through my overly-tired brain one night last week in NYC, I glanced into the window of a passing Starbucks to find my old Parisian photographer friend, Kamel Lahmadi of Style and the City.
I hadn't even had the chance to sit down before Kamel looked me in the eyes and said, seemingly out of nowhere, "Some days, you're going to feel like nothing you do is enough, but if you're passionate - really passionate about it - people will sense it and they will come to you."
And let me tell you. After a day of watching people more successful than myself parade around and flaunt the successfulness of their success, this advice was more than a little called for.
It's not "fashion" I hate - it's "Fashion" with a capital F and a shiny label and a $3,000 camera and a multi-million dollar glossy-coated meaningless slew of mildly artistic but wholly irrelevant photos.
I love fashion.
And if I'm honest with myself, I can actually feel that love. When I do - I'm not scared of outside influences or "competition" or useless comparisons. I don't worry about looking shallow or narcissistic or narrow-minded. I accept that I love what I love, and as long as I'm honest with myself about when I truly feel that love, nothing I do can be wrong.
|Kamel of Style and the City|
Images courtesy of Style and the City.
If there's one site that's got it goin' on out there - it's this one. Kamel is the most unaffected, sweetest, and honest guy I've met in a while, and his photography reflects that.