When fashion PR maven Kelly Cutrone founded her agency and called it “People’s Revolution,” was she trying to mock the left-wing groups who care about the masses?
When Philippine Fashion Week head Joey Epsino, on his monumental walk on the local runway as the fashion week opening and closing shows said, “all we have to do is stand up,” is he being sarcastic or is he beginning to get socially concerned?
When what people consider as “fashion” around the world has only catered to a select few, is this the end for those who push for ideals?
It is true that the fashion world are getting bigger and bigger, more ateliers and design shops are springing around the metro. There are more young designers trying to carve their niches in the fashion world, as veteran designers try to keep with the pace and stay connected with their clients beginning to get loose. In the global fashion world alone, Asian-bred designers are gradually earning the spotlight, with Hollywood stars pouring their money out to new and coming designers in the world scene instead of staying with the top-brass designers.
I was on a train ride with a friend who also blogs about fashion. By the way, train rides are also an issue of the debate between fashion consumerism and fashion-for-all. It is a common scene during Philippine Fashion Week that commuters see a throng of fashionistas wearing high heels, silver amulets, bracelets and necklaces I mean, face made up walk on the train hallways like runway models. Fashion enthusiasts riding a public transport. A bigger fashion world? An increasing fan-base of fashion? Maybe. Fashion has been infiltrating the masses one single step at a time.
So I was on a train ride with a friend who also blogs about fashion. She studies Journalism (the course I graduated from) told me the sarcasms she gets from her colleagues because of being “into fashion.” Journalism is a course that tries to clean-up wrongdoings, much like an exposition of the “truth.” With that way, it cannot help itself but to be with the masses, cry with them, laugh with them, and take lunch with them. Enduring a world filled with intensifying consumerism while seeing people stricken by poverty means giving up your mandate.
My friend said, ”Fashion is for all –rich or poor, if you have that heart, you can make it!” Bryan Boy? Nina Garcia? You got it.
My Twitter page says I am a fashion connoisseur and a theater advocate – two things whose inner advocacy and ideals clearly do not match. Fashion for the rich, theater mirroring the ills of the society. However, the notion that both caters and interests to the rich is a shallow reasoning. Both are forms of art, and as art, they both tell a message. Maybe the country is not yet ready for a progressive fashion industry (many designers still struggle to get their designs marketed, as theater artists struggle to get their shows watched). Maybe what we need first is a country that is progressive before art becomes a necessity.
So the stand of fashion? We may be dressed elegantly but we are standing beneath a shed, inside a train station, waiting for the rain to stop. Fashion and “people’s revolution” in whatever form can work hand in hand.
*This one’s for your confusions, Bea Malveda.