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The WALK Detroit – Is this really Fashion?

Category: Community Nov 20, 2015

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According to Google, Fashion is…
“A popular trend, especially styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.”

Looking deeper into my google search, Urban Dictionary defines Fashion as…
“A sense of style that changes from decade to decade, century to century.”

I find it hard to fully understand the definitions listed above; they seem to misinterpret the true meaning of, “wearing a dignified piece of cloth in a particular manner that exemplifies the true meaning of one’s self through grace and un-bothered persistence.” Now that is FASHION! I have always been an advocate for self-expression and because of that, I wholeheartedly disagree with the information found. Saturday, I was given the pleasure of attending a fashion show presented by WALK at Detroit’s Garden Theatre in which proceeds benefit AIDS Walk Detroit. As you might imagine, there were lots of creative designers, talented models, eager media teams and people in the crowd only in attendance to have a great time. In the midst of so much diversity stood one common consensus. When asked, “Is fashion for the person, or for society?” everyone answered in a similar way which personally gives me hope because I am not the last of a dying breed. Coco Chanel said it best, “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion!”

If you wake up every morning in a particular mood; and that mood inspires your choice of clothing; and that clothing drives your mentality; and your mentality is a reflection of you; you understand Fashion and you comprehend its philosophical structure. A popular trend is a person, place or thing that is in high demand. It is constantly talked about within season and information about it can be easily obtained. Self-identified fashion which is inherently true Fashion, is the total opposite mainly because it is not based on views choice. Let’s take a drive into my closet. About 80 % of my cloths come from an inexpensive yet, stylish clothing store called the VOA or Volunteers of America. That’s correct! I am in love with thrifting because it allows me to be myself without the influences of what mainstream deems to be “the look”. I am able to incorporate vintage designs with bold yet tastefulness class. The best part creating my own Fashion is that I confidently become Fashion.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with buying what’s hot… Well, if what’s hot limits you from enhancing your true being, it’s a problem. During the fashion show I connected with many individuals, but two conversations stuck out to me. I came across a fashion designer who literally sewed fur to the neck line of his short sleeve shirt to create a hood. Yeah, it sounds a bit absurd, but this is one of those times where you had to see it for yourself. Here is how the conversation went:

Me: “What inspired you to create this look?”
Him: “This fur is comfortable. This red is vibrant. This shirt is original. This look is me.”

Needless to stay, that is Fashion. The moral of my story is to be YOU.

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