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.
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.)
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?