Are fashion shows really that great?
Is it worth feeling a little (lot) bit left out when really photogenic bloggers get invited to "fittings" during which they select items from the designer's upcoming collection to then wear while they sit #frow (it's OK, I just threw up a little bit too).
I mean, can't we just dress up in Zara knock-offs in our apartments and stream the show on Style.com while simultaneously bingeing on foods that smell bad b/c we're not crammed between 2 pseudo celebrities who would probably judge us for our onion breath?
As much as it pains me to admit it, those individuals invited to real live fashion shows do have a better experience than those of us at home.
Well, the music for one.
For example: Rebecca Minkoff apparently always has a young up-and-coming singer perform the music for the show (this year was Aluna George). It was pretty awesome.
Everyone else is aided enormously by the soul-touching bass and the undeniable power that is the seamless cohesion of rhythm and fabric.
Then there's the celebrity aura.
Having Solange & Coco Rocha in the front row of your show casts this tangible air of cool that only being there can absorb.
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And ultimately there's the whole live vision thing.
In fact, after attending the Lela Rose show, which I loved, I checked it out on Style.com - and get this:
I didn't like it.
Which is crazy, considering that the majority of individuals are seeing it this way. How can we expect fashion to be anything but a critic and elite blogger-dictated art form if the only means by which we're able to participate are so significantly skewed?
And if this is what it's meant to be - if only a select set of individuals is chosen to see the true artistic colors of the brand and to, henceforth, determine how "cool" or "wearable" they may deem it to be, and the rest of us are only ever intended to see its 2-D fabric elements on models and trendsetters - what does this mean?
Are we as the public not trusted to have the artistic eye necessary to independently appreciate and analyze such displays? Are we solely consumers meant to be manipulated by the true trend agenda-setters?
Isn't that annoying?