Ending 2016 on a Low

What a year! I am sure I am not the only one feeling a bit sad about the general state of things. Between climate change, Trump, Brexit, Aleppo, David Bowie, the Florida club shooting, worsening income inequality, and more, there is no shortage of reasons to feel utterly depressed about the state of the world.

 

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Khloe Kardashian modelling her new denim line, Good American.

 

And then, to make matters worse, I just read that Khloe Kardashian’s new denim line, Good American, made $1 million on the day of its launch, making it the largest denim launch in apparel history. Yes, you heard that right. The largest denim launch in apparel history. The third most famous sister of a family clan that is famous for absolutely nothing is breaking fashion records.

So if you aren’t despairing enough about the state of the world, here is another thing to consider: celebrity fashion collections aren’t going away. The Kardashians aren’t going away. No amount of school, talent, and luck are necessarily going to get you anywhere in life, your best bet to make it in fashion is to be famous or to work with someone famous. Even big brands are relying on celebrities to sell product: Selena Gomez + Coach, Rihanna + Puma or Victoria Beckham + Target (please don’t forget, she is a celebrity, NOT A FASHION DESIGNER.)

 

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One of the most popular shoes of 2016 was a fake fur, heinous slide sandal that was a collaboration between Rihanna and Puma. Gross.

 

I thought this was going to fade away and customers were going to go back to buying from brands that had designers at the helm, but sadly this is not the case. Where does that leave us for 2017? From the sounds of it, more of the same.

While I am definitely despairing for the world,  I never forget how privileged my life is and how lucky I am to have a family, good health, enough money, and a job I enjoy. On that note, I wish you all a happy holiday season and let’s all hope that 2017 is better than 2016. It can’t get any worse, can it?

  • ihaveachiponmyshoulder

    It is so true and so sad that everything is number and popularity based. And the concept of critique is at an all time low, I feel. Please start reviewing fashion shows again! Nobody has any sense of personal opinion anymore. It’s crazy how information is so accessible nowadays yet everyone seems actually so uninformed and unoriginal. I hope you hate Vetements.. it perplexes me how appropriating and overexposing different niche subcultures and then reproducing them as luxury goods can be consumed as radical and progressive. I guess the fashion world’s obsession with youth has advanced exponentially with social media, gaining the interest of and appeal towards naive and impressionable youth – and as a result, enticing the interest of the industry and its consumers.

    SOMEONE needs to call shit out when they think someone is shit ASIDES from celebrity red carpet and gossip magazines!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I used to love doing the catwalk shows but it was SO time consuming. It’s been nice to step back and not look at every single show. And yes, I loathe Vetements and even worse is the fact that Business of Fashion named their Creative Director fashion personality of the year. SIGH.