I am Dreading…

catwalk shows, fall winter 2011, spring summer 2012

Donna Karan (left) did a beautiful collection, while Marc Jacobs was pretty trashy.

I am dreading the fashion weeks which are about to begin. No, I am not attending any (thank god!) but I do reviews of some of the shows, and I am not looking forward to waking up every morning and having to trawl through a bunch of catwalk looks. Sure, there will be some beautiful things to look at, and of course some surprises. But a lot of it will be boring, repetitive, and I will need to try and find something to say about it.
catwalk shows, fall winter 2011, spring summer 2012

Alexander McQueen's ice queen collection (left) was a pleasure to look at, while Burberry's show (right) looked the same as last season.

This season will be especially challenging since I have a newborn (actually, I guess he won’t be a newborn anymore since he will be three months old when the New York shows begin) and it is hard to find time to be focused. This won’t stop me from doing my reviews, although I will be carefully selecting the ones I choose to cover, in order to avoid driving myself crazy.
catwalk shows, fall winter 2011, spring summer 2012

Valentino's show (left) was pretty but boring, and Bottega Veneta's collection (right), which is usually a favourite of mine, was quite disappointing.

There is so much talk at the moment about new ways to show the collections. There are too many shows, and too many designers showing the same way. And of course it also doesn’t help that the clothes all seem the same. I think the cities’ fashion councils should really limit the number of shows they put on officially, and they should encourage other brands to find alternative ways to present their clothes. Fashion shows are expensive and require a significant time commitment from the guests. The show may only be 20 minutes long, but you need to get there, sit down, and usually wait half an hour before it starts. It is just TOO MUCH.

I am dreading the next few weeks, and praying that there will be lots of beautiful clothes to look at. If not, this will be the longest four weeks of my life…

Fall 2011 catwalk images from Style.com.

  • cary

    thank you for this! i feel the same way. almost as if there is a pressure to keep up with & remember it all! the shows start flooding online so fast that it’s hard to really embrace all of them. it’s true – there are so many collections presented now that i also find myself clicking through at a rapid pace just to get through it all.

    i am so happy to see someone have the same frustration! 

  • Jasper

    dreading to look at clothes? really? i’d understand if you had to sell them, or sew them, or design them, but just reviewing collections?  i’m sorry you dread having to look at clothes and then comment about them :/ but in perspective it sounds like you’re being whiny over something that’s pretty null. and don’t you (as do i and every other blogger) review collections at your own leisure anyway? 

  • Anonymous

    Ok, first of all, designing clothes, or selling them or sewing them is similar to reviewing them. They are all fashion indsutry jobs, and to be perfectly honest, I’d rather be the designer working until 3am every night before the shows (which I once was) then the editor having to travel to all four cities and see four weeks straight of shows. And yes, I do dread to look at clothes when it is fashion week and there are hundreds and hundreds of shows and events that one is meant to keep up with. It is simply too much. I feel that way, designers feel that way, and even editors feel that way. And reviews aren’t at my own leisure, if I ran my blog as a leisure project, I’d only review a few shows.

  • Costanza

    I fail to see how reviewing any one product involves the same labour as producing it, unless it honestly takes you months and months to produce the various reviews you’re posting (I assume not).  

    Like Jasper, I share the view that if you hate it that much, perhaps you should question why you’re doing it in the first place.  I find it incredulous that you imply that there is little choice in the matter: unless my assumptions are wrong (and they well could be), I presume you’ve started this blog under your own volition.  Perhaps you’re even making some coin off it by now and feel shackled to the proceeds.  But unless you have an editor making demands of you or have some unwavering editorial eye that the art world can’t live without, I fail to see how you have no choice in the matter.

    It might be well worth it to remember that passion that started you on this career path in the first place.  If you find it hard to generate excitement on what are basically giant art exhibitions on a regular basis, then perhaps it’s time to find a new thing to be excited about.  ‘Cause reading these complaints is as tiresome for us as reviewing these shows seem to you.

  • Anonymous

    Reviewing a product most definitely does not require the same time as making one but working as a designer is a job, and being a writer is also a job (or in my case, being a writer and a lecturer.)
    And yes, I could just decide not to review the shows, but as this blog has become one of my jobs, I can’t suddenly decide to not do one of my most regular features. I take this blog seriously.
    To be credible as a blogger and a critic, I feel its important to know what is going on. But when there are a million things going on, there is a lot of pressure to see it all, or at least, a lot of it. If it were 50 shows, then that’s manageable. But there are 250 in NYC alone. It is too much for anyone to take in, and it is difficult to choose what is important and what isn’t.
    I am passionate about fashion, but it is not my life, it is my job. And so it is natural to complain when my job gets extremly hectic, and particularly when it gets more and more hectic every season. Very few people are thrilled and excited about their job everyday, and many are complaining about the ridiculous pace of the fashion industry right now.
    I don’t like that in your last paragraph you imply that because I am “passionate” about fashion, I shouldn’t complain about it. This is my career, and while I find it frustrating at times (like now), it doesn’t mean I should suddenly get up and change jobs. That would be ridiculous.
    Lastly, fashion shows are not like giant art exhibitions. They are not even close. Alexandra Suhner Isenberg