Fashion is a nonstop dialogue. Now, more than ever, designers live in an eternal state of innovation. As the French poet Charles Baudelaire stated, "Nearly all of our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility."
I think it's safe to say that fashion is a cultural phenomenon. Fashion is a form of communication in that it enables us, as individuals, to make a statement about who they are. A few months ago, a 62-year-old woman sent me a text message saying something to the effect of this: "Perhaps you should consider dressing more like George Clooney's wife. You are so funky. I fear that you will only attract musicians. I mean, you can still buy nice things but maybe not the studded version." I rolled my eyes, thanked her, and kindly rejected her suggestion. Musicians never go for women like me. Ever since I turned 25, I have only been involved with athletes and models. The beta-types run like hell. For that reason alone, I am going to keep wearing my f'n lipstick, rockin my pompadour and strutting my stuff in my leather and studs. Sorry not sorry.
Fashion is often associated with presumed social status. The different types of status are all associated with certain expectations (for example: popped collar equals douche bag; crocs in Manhattan implies Midwestern tourist). People always expect me to be a total BITCH because of my fiery style yet they all seem to ask for my advice when it comes to breaking outside of their safe fashion shells. I am the queen of mixing hi's and low's, shopping at everywhere from Rainbow and Target to Barbara Bui and Chanel. As Dali famously uttered:
"Take me--I am the drug; I am hallucinogenic."
When haters try to make you second guess your style, you may fantasize about metamorphosing into a giant octopus so that you slap all those bitches at once. The inherent beauty of fashion is that there are NO rules, so do whatever your heart desires. Similar to Karl Lagerfeld, I really loathe ugly, nasty people, and instead fully embrace originality. Life begins on the other side of fear. So put on some f'n lipstick, put on that outfit that you are too afraid to don, and take the world by storm.
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