On the ball


i don't know if things like this define a fashion fanatic or a fashion victim. the sheer camp of it is somewhat charming, but still... in the reality of the business of fashion, the glow of brilliant design casts a light on the perfumes, the sunglasses, the underwear, the purses (oh lordy, the purses) which then in turn bring in the enormous wealth which can support the fashion business. far more people buy the logo than the look.

in what ways, if any, does your enthusiasm cross a line?

7 comments:

GenX Theorist said...

I struggle with this. I really do.

Now, I'm not a big logo ho, or anything. In fact, my favorite designers all are logoless (my clutch, medium bag and work bag are all Jil Sander now - and I love them because they only contain a small discrete name stamp). Dries and Mayle...no logos but a seasoned fashion eye can name them by look. Same with Marni, more so even.

And what I'm saying with that is...even the thought of the label recognition on the part of someone else scares me a little. I like to think I spend most of my time thinking about craft and color and artform. But - really - I do have to be careful, because once I indentify a favorite...I covet! And even with my brand types, piling on a whole set of everything can equal fashion victim. I've had days where I feel overpiled, for sure.

I'm still working on this one, Editor. What do you think?

V*Kstro said...
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V*Kstro said...

not a fan of logos. you can tell immediately is someone is apt to wear fine clothing. i say it's the person wearing the piece that makes the piece, it does not work the other way around. this is why i love white t's, it reveals so much about a person. the only time i go over board is when dressing my daughter. i always want her to wear "my logo".

Iheartfashion said...

I picture Victoria Beckham's sons tossing one of those around the backyard!
As far as logos go, I try to avoid visible ones, with the exception of my Prada bags. I just love them and they ARE recognizable with either the name stamp or little triangle, but I can't help it. I love Miuccia.

editor said...

lol iheartfashion - spot on, i think, with the VB image.

i am not anti-logo, nor a "logo ho." i mean i can forgive an obvious logo, or even just a visible one, depends why it's where it is and what it signifies. if the logo has more cache or appeal than the item, something is wrong. since i have never and likely will never own a football, the fact that this one holds any shred of appeal ought to set of alarms, but maybe it's in a warhol-negative way (instead of painting a football on a canvas, it's art, or something associated with art/fashion - admittedly very much associated with commerce/consumerism too - painted on to a football... or am i grasping at straws to justify the aforementioned charm i see in this ridiculous thing?). with logos and brand obsession, keychains, etc. are far more perverse, i think.

genx theorist - are we talking head-to-toe label, when you say "overpiled"? i don't know. i remember monsieur jacobs saying that he would never want his stuff worn head-to-toe, but the guy can't deny that he really presents a very coherent package. it's not like he shows all his tops with just jeans, and all his bottoms with a white t, separating and isolating them for individual interpretation - and most people are probably truly glad to have the work done for them by the designer. so i think head-to-toe isn't always fashion victim-y at all (do runway models look like fashion victims? no. are they wearing head-to-toe? yes.).

that said, you can't fake it, so i agree with v*kstro too - the person in the clothes is the biggest factor.

Anonymous said...

Even if I had Bill Gates' bank account, I would never buy something like this (if someone gave it to me as a gift, I admit I would be amused. Confused, but amused). But I also really kind of laugh that people buy ashtrays at Hermes too. People really get sucked in by brands sometimes.

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