Amanda Brooks is a New York socialite who left her job as Fashion Director at Barneys last year (a role she wasn’t really experienced enough to do – but hey, she’s famous) to live on a farm in Oxford. Here is a sickening quote about her new country life, and how she dresses.
“I’m sure my less fashion-jaded friends would be shocked to learn of my $350 T-shirts, but I love knowing that even when I am being my most casual self, I am still a girl who loves fashion. Today I dress in a way that most people would deem anonymous, and deliberately so. After years of arriving at my kids’ school on my way to a fashion show and completely overdressed, I find it a relief just to fit in. To the untrained eye, I wear jeans, a sweater, a classic wool military-style pea coat and winter boots. And even though I look like a typical country mum, there is a certain pleasure taken from knowing that my jeans are J Brand, my sweater is Phillip Lim, and my coat is Balmain.” (The Cut)
At first glance, I thought, good for her, she is dressing for herself. But then I re-read the quote and was quite disgusted. I can imagine taking pleasure that your sweater is cashmere, or your shoes are handmade – but the way she is listing those brands makes her sound incredibly superficial, yet another person contributing the the fashion industry’s loss of credibility. And she also comes off as a total snob. No one should take pleasure from the fact that their sweater or coat is some fancy brand, they should take pleasure in the fact that it is made from a beautiful material, fits perfectly, is beautiful crafted, etc… I guess this is what happens when silly socialites have a “year off” in the countryside, they downgrade their Balmain sparkly dresses to Balmain pea coats. PATHETIC.
(On that note, I guess her thoughts are simply a reflection of what many people think – and won’t admit. That they take pleasure in wearing brands, for brand’s sake, not because of the quality, fit, etc… SIGH.)