Friday, November 10, 2006


My big theme right now is the rise of design culture among the masses. I even might write my Master's thesis on that. I am all for it when it's good; when the pure intention is to democratize design, to make low-priced items more beautiful, more interesting, better quality. Beautify the world - isn't that part of progress? Once we've fed, clothed, and sheltered the world, isn't making it more beatiful the next logical step? I say, yes. But recent developments in the high-design-for-the-masses world leave me a little disconserted. Take the Viktor & Rolf collaboration with H&M, for example. I looked at the designs on the website, and they are pretty lame - the gimmicky arrows, the bow ties, etc. I cannot speak for the quality, but I would assume it's pretty atrocious, like most of H&M is. Yet, look at the stampede in the H&M store in Amsterdam, and in London (thanks, Susie_Bubble for the link) during yesterday's debut of the collection. Not a pretty site, eh? Do these people look like dignified humans or like participants of the proverbial rat race? Some of these garments showed up on Ebay within hours.

Today a huge discount Japanese retailer, Uniqlo, that is another player in the huge high street market opened their first flagship in New York. Massive lines are reported. A.P.C. warehouse sale that started today in Williamsburg is the same story - lines out the door and down the block. Are clothes really worth it? Is it really a sign of progress that people behave in such debased ways to be in touch with design? I think being human is more beautiful than the most beautiful article of clothing in the world - let's get our priorities straight.


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2:06 PM  
Anonymous Cristina said...

Interesting perspective. The frenzy over the collections and sales is mad. I like the idea of these collaborations and would have liked to have seen the V&R stuff and maybe picked up the pink skirt, but I wasn't about to line up several hours early and tussle with rabid shoppers over a $60 skirt. I understand why the retailers offer the items in such limited quantities, of course, but I wish there could be some more middle ground with these H&M collections - something more along the lines of Target's Go International lines.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Carissa said...

With boy bands gone, the masses need somewhere to take part in mob mentality. Unfortunately, it seems the fashion world has become that place..

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said! i must say, on a related side not, its a sad time for fashion, when hipsters and such are considered the new big thing, and spend more time and energy on applying double c's to their t-shirt rather than being good, interesting people.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to read someone being critical ...after all creativity in fashion is very much "chained' to the money making "machines" owned by the "Big Boys" and the media manipulation. they decide for us , we don't anymore....just the same trend as in the music world.....unfortunately..

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