I didn’t wanted to be in the fashion industry for the same reason that I didn’t go into finance or advertising or marketing. These industries don’t provide anything tangible to make human life better; they are based on exploiting money out of people by manipulating desire and need.
I love clothes, but outside of design itself, fashion isn’t really about clothes at all, it’s about the extremely sinister pretension of wealth displaying. Let’s get to the root of it: fashion is for people with money. Fashion is a luxury. People seemed to understand this before the internet. But now that we have all these self-serving information sources like blogs and “lifestyle” sites spouting that one can be a fashionista at any budget, people are starting to believe the lie.
Places like Refinery29 and the Glamorai try to constantly sell us $1000 coats with consolation add-ons of an affordable $100 version. Are we to be “inspired” by these suggestions or homogenized in our aesthetics? These websites dictate what is chic and what looks stylish—just short of explicitly saying things like: if you don’t desire a $100 Alexander Wang T-shirt, then you’re an idiot.
I see so many girls obsessing over fashion, over these expensive luxury items, as if it’s financially responsible for a broke college student to own them. I have seen so many people desperately in debt from their efforts to keep up their style. And I have seen minimum wage workers slaving over ear-drum breaking machines to meet their demand.
These site are just trying to sell us things we can neither afford or need. Why should we want any of it?
Why can’t we just accept that fashion is for people who don’t have anything better to do with their money? Fashion isn’t for the poor. It just isn’t. But these sites have us wrongly convinced that it’s not about the money. If you don’t have a lot of money, it’s irresponsible to shell it out for a LouisV. And it doesn’t make us commoners anymore upper echelon to own an over-decorated piece of leather. There are people like the urban poor who are far more deserving of our monetary aid.
And don’t get me started on designer collaborations with budget stores. You’re just getting suckered into paying more for a shoddy version of something you didn’t really want anyway.
Like Kreayshawn says, you may own a Gucci, but “bitch you ain’t no barbie. I see you work at Arby’s.”