i was wearing a plaid shirt today under a plaid vest, and i decided not to post a sketch of this outfit for fear of being deemed "on-trend" (*shudder*!). i've just been seeing a fair amount of coverage given to plaid, and once these images start making the mainstream rounds, the dreaded "trend" label starts getting viciously thrown about.
according to wikipedia:
"Tartan patterns have been used in British and Irish weaving for centuries. Northumbrian tartan is held by some to be the earliest tartan. A possible predecessor of Northumbrian Tartan dating from the 3rd century, found near the Antonine Wall and known as the "Falkirk sett", has a checked pattern in two colours identified as the undyed brown and white of the native Soay sheep. The fabric had been used as a stopper in an earthenware pot containing a hoard of silver coins."
so i'm saying, the stuff was already on rags in the 3rd century, for pete's sake. neither gaultier nor grunge can claim it. how can my 9+ year old shirt be trendy? but if a few magazines feature it, or worse yet, blatantly use that five letter word in association with it, a trend it shall be. and that word steals something from the very thing it is defining.
things fall in and out of public favor. things pick up steam with retailers and get voted popular, or not, by consumer dollars, but
why do people feel the need to identify ... anything as a trend?
it's a power trip, i think. the labeling of a "trend" is a conspiracy, in my opinion - a way to limit the appeal of something. in high school, it gives some miscreant the delusional right to claim something is "over," and by association, someone, in that unique and insular universe. in the real world, i suspect it is a conspiracy between magazines and retailers - the 2 most dependent on merchandise moving and on appetites remaining unsatiated. if you give it an expiration date, people have to move on, to something else. as antoine de saint-exupéry wrote, to name is to tame - and in fashion, tame can translate as control. if you i.d. something as a trend, name it thusly, you control it, and can end it. first, trend is considered good. the item is "it" it's in, it's trendy. do it, do it, do it. then it's so trendy as to be over. done, fin. don't, don't, don't. it's ridiculous when something i enjoy, have always enjoyed, will continue to enjoy, is labeled. i don't care if the stuff gets plastered on a billboard or a stamp, but i do have some scorn for people who declare anything as "over" once it has run its commercial course. mind you, i don't lose sleep over it, but i do just really hate that word. trend.
(just one post this weekend, due to work. back to regular on monday.)
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