Fashion has always been my one of my ‘Great loves’. Fashion plays the role of that power in my universe which is capacitated to elevate me above all the miseries and troubles of this oh-so ungrateful world. It has this numbing effect on my rational mind, which mind you, is quite the horror for the bank balance, but the equivalent joy for the wardrobe. For instance, say I’m upset over something . So , I try diverting my mind by glancing through the latest vogue . Voila ! There it is ! All those arguments seem so trivial now. There are much larger problems in this world than a mere misunderstanding. Look Look Look !!! Drool Drool Drool ! The much coveted , much adored, much loved – The Lady Dior bag ! How I wish I could come into an inheritance from some 98 year old great-uncle who has been kind enough to leave me with a fortune! How I wish I could get my hands onto some magic lamp with a genie who’d get me that Dior bag in a jify. How I wish I could be the editor in chief of Vogue , the next Amy Vintour! How I wish………. Do you see the magic a a Dior bag or, pair of Luboutins can work ? Yes, this is precisely how fashion comes to the rescue .
‘Coco Avant Chanel’ – One of those movies where English subtitles seem so redundant. Having watched the movie a little more than 6 times, Coco Chanel’s biography reinforces my faith in humanity! How else would a chanteuse go on to become one of the greatest fashion designers, this world has ever seen? Maybe it was her talent; maybe her quick wit; maybe her simplicity; maybe it was everything – I could never figure it out. Coco Chanel’s greatest contribution to the world of fashion happened in an unusual, a rather tantalizing style – Madame Chanel was repulsed by the garish, extravagant gowns, women wore back then. So, she decided to go against the tide. Imagine a high society party with a champagne fountain and ice sculptures, where women are dressed in feathers hats and layered gowns and silk gloves, and then, imagine a bold Coco Chanel taking everyone by storm in a sharply cut, well designed black dress. And thus, came into existence the iconic ‘Little Black Dress’, or as we know it -the ‘LBD’. One of the most potent components of the LBD was it’s color. Yes, Black – the color of mourning, the color of darkness and despair , had now become the color of chic and style.The LBD was a revelation in itself-it was simple, stylish and, stunningly sensuous. It was a wake-up call for all the designers of the 20th Century, whose designs were along along the lines of , ‘the more, the better’. It was a revolt of sorts , a revolt against society’s kitschy idea of beauty.
So, today you have Dolce& Gabanna sprucing up the LBD with a tinge of neon , and there are have Falguni and Shane ‘spiking’ it up in a very goth-meets-punk way , and then, there is Christian Dior’s charming rendition of the same. It is mystical how one woman’s dress has become the world’s sketch board. However, there will be only one Coco Chanel and only one classic ‘ TheLittle Black Dress’. It would be ignorant to say that the LBD was a fashion statement – The LBD was a revolution in the world of fashion; it was one of those heirloom pieces your grandmother presents to you one fine day, one of those pieces which will last an eternity.
Unlike the delightful LBD,which no sane person can go wrong with, there is one concept that very few people seem to get right – The infamous Colour Blocking. Personally, I fear color blocking. I love the concept of color blocking – the fact that a hot pink satchel can break the monotony of an LBD- but when you go wrong with color-blocking it goes beyond the label of a fashion Faux Pas. One becomes a walking , talking fashion disaster! Although, one of the most expressive styles till date , color blocking has been imbibed in a very half-baked manner.A popular notion : Colour blocking is about teaming two contrasting colors together and, watching them work their magic. No! That is just preposterous.Colour blocking is a state of mind – it acts as a facade , provided you play it right. Otherwise, it is just a classic case of colour-gone-mad! Just recently , I was an appalled witness to a rather shocking case of color blocking gone wrong – Zebra print and neon orange. Breathe Breathe breathe…Oh hell, I’d rather not exist at all!
I was terribly disturbed when I looked up ‘fashion’ in the dictionary and, found this – ‘a popular trend, esp. in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior’. Fashion is more than a ‘popular trend’ . Fashion is refuge,confidante, a mirror; it is almost an emotion in itself. It opens one up to the various avenues of this one-dimensional world. It is quite the joy, actually!
‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.Fashion is in the sky in the street,Fashion has to do with ideas,the way we live , what is happening.’
P.S : Congratulations ‘The Standing Coin’ , Siddharth Gupta’s beloved brainchild ! 😀