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Thursday, 11 February 2010

Ways of Seeing



I've always loved fashion. Real, you couldn't wear that to pick the kids up, fashion. The sort the tabloids love to mock, but whose influence will add to the fragrance and colour of our lives, whether we notice it consciously or not.



Fashion, like any creative activity, has the potential to be art. Unfortunately it takes a dogged spirit and a bloody mind for a designer to keep pushing artistically under commercial pressure to turn out wearably bland whatevers. Thus, such people are rare.



And today they got rarer. And that's sad for all of us, even those who live in trackies.

20 comments:

Lulu LaBonne said...

I love whacky fashion - wierd I'd just read this in Popbitch before oming to ou
RIP: Alexander McQueen. We'll keep thinking of him in
happier times. Like when he got the job at Givenchy.
When meeting the starchy Parisian studio staff for the
first time, he got his cock out, peed on the cutting
table, and said "See the future!"

Titus said...

I'm was so shocked by the news that at first I did that classic double-take - eh? No, that can't be right.
Superb designer and by all accounts a funny man and good friend.
I think Haute Couture should be taken in the spirit in which it is intended - beautiful, tactile works of art that can be worn. And sometimes very funny.
Yes, R.I.P. Mr. McQueen.

Pat said...

That's the trouble - either I know all that's happening or nothing and today I knew nothing. That is terribly sad and a great loss.

Eryl Shields said...

Lulu ~ he was a bit of a card, wasn't he? I can't think of another designer who is quite so reactionary, I hope one comes along soon.

Titus ~ yes, it was one of those sit up and take notice moments for me too. Apart from his clothes, which I have always coveted, I really took to him when he very publicly came out in support of Kate Moss when she was dumped by everyone else after the coke thing.

He obviously loved his mum, too.

Pat ~ I hope you haven't had a tiresome day. I wouldn't have known if Stevie hadn't told me, but that is the case with all newsy things.

steven said...
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steven said...

hey eryl - i love fashion that pushes whatever edges need to be pushed. i once thought about being a fashion designer but i backed off when i saw the kind of courage that was necessary to follow through. steven

The Pollinatrix said...

This post reminds me of the wonderful speech about fashion that Meryl Streep's character gives to Anne Hathaway's in The Devil Wears Prada.

Fashion is one of those things that I indulge in perusing very occasionally, but it's even more pleasurable because of its infrequency.

Jimmy Bastard said...

How can a man not enjoy fashion when paraded by beautiful women of all shapes and sizes?

I would however like to see red nylon underwear banned at all costs... it smacks of tack in my book.

Golden West said...

Shocked and dismayed...

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes Eryl it is incredibly sad that such a talented young man should be so distraught that he go to those lengths. I too can't get him out of my mind. He will never know, of course, how much we all are affected by his death - and that makes it all the more sad.

Eryl Shields said...

Steven ~ gosh, really? It looks like you made the right decision as you seem to have life sussed.

Polli ~ the only time I ever wish I had money is when I see the new collections: it would be nice have the option to indulge, infrequently.

Jimmy ~ red silk underwear is a different matter, of course.

Golden ~ totally.

Weaver ~ yes, it's devastating to think of anyone so lost they feel that is the best, or only, option.

angryparsnip said...

You wonder with all that talent,vision and doing something he wanted to, that he would feel so helpless that death was the last answer.
A best friend husband killed himself and none of us can understand it all these years later.

Eryl Shields said...

Parsnip ~ you do wonder that, yet it doesn't seem that uncommon for very creative people to do so. I sometimes get the impression that such people are so good because they're never satisfied with their achievements: they never feel they are good enough, and are constantly worried that any minute now everyone is going to realise that they are rubbish; that must be really hard, and frightening.

Coffee with Cathy said...

What always fascinates me is how those runway designs filter down and influence what we everyday folks wear to PTA meetings. By all accounts, McQueen was a vibrant talent who will be missed.

Eryl Shields said...

Cathy ~ I know, it's astonishing, even the most bonkers looking stuff gets reworked for the high street.

Gadjo Dilo said...

I know absolutely nothing about fashion but was shocked to hear this news. Mr McQueen must have considerably brightened up the world of fashion, and indeed Stratford, East London, where he grew up.

Mark Emerson Sanderson said...

Yeah, the tarcksuit thing is weird isn't it. I mean, if you wondered around in trackies in the 70's people would assume you were tarining for the Olympics.

Conan Drumm said...

A Drummlet is taking tentative steps into this area of creativity - it's the conjunction of design and working physically with materials that's so amazing to see taking effect.

Eryl Shields said...

Gadjo ~ I think he must have, he certainly brightened mine and that was via newspapers and magazines, it must have been amazing to see, and feel, his work in the flesh.

Mark ~ it is very weird, especially as the people who tend to wear them don't look even remotely Olympian. Track suits seem to be pajamas for day-time.

Conan ~ that's fantastic, I'd love to see someone go through the whole process: from tentative sketch to finished article, and to see them find their design feet. Writing seems difficult enough, but fashion being three dimensional and having to work on a human body, oh my!

Crafty Green Poet said...

yes, creativity in high fashion is great fun and necessary too. Good tribute post.