“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” – Alexander McQueen
There are few times in my life when I feel like I am working in an absolutely frivolous industry and this moment is one of them.
Whilst Thailand is on the brink of a civil war, the Turkish miners’ strike is heating up and all the anti-Chinese protests are escalating in Vietnam, I am sitting here dealing with another kind of revolution at the Singapore BluePrint trade show, Fashion Anarchy. Lawless. Ruleless. Chaotic. Should I call this Anar-CHIC? What were they thinking?
I always dread trade shows: all the setting up, striking down, talking to strangers incessantly about how great your brand is and how special your products are.
On the other hand, it can also be a breath of fresh air just to see how attendees dress in what they define as fashion. There are no boundaries and no rules but a self expression of who they are.
Yes, normal people would possibly consider them crazy, odd and bizarre but yet, it can be aesthetically pleasing. Not simply because it is out of the norm, but because every detail in what they wear tells a story about who they are and it makes sense when they are all put together.
These individuals are the exceptionally fashion-conscious crowd that know how to mix their highs and lows, the classic and the cult, and the basic and the bizarre in an explicable, alternative way that inspires you and makes you realise that fashion should be multi-dimensional.
During my time in fashion, I am on an endless mission to find out and determine how they do it. Is it the kind of clothes they buy? Or is it the number of fashion magazines that they look at per month? Or is it the fashion friends that they are exposed to and choose to surround themselves with? I have come to the final conclusion that it is all of the above.
Remember that in fashion the most important thing is that every individual has an eye for what they like and an innate sense of their style and their identity, so it is not just about what they wear but how they wear it.
In the end, clothes are important, but how to stamp them with your style, your personality and your attitude to make it your own? Yes, it’s easier said than done to make anarchy look chic. First and foremost, you need to forget everyone’s opinion and believe in your own.