Monday, October 21, 2013

GOLD SCHOOL

The fast fashion set has seen some remarkable aesthetic changes in the past couple years as designers have established a distance between their recent collections and the maximalist, retrogressive themes of seasons prior. Versace's H&M moment in 2011 presented one of the most sartorially exciting collaborations for consumers looking to brand themselves with the ostentatious kitsch of luxury for the masses. An obsession with appropriating saturated versions of other cultures' symbolic markers emerged and manifested in tropical, Polynesian prints, Greco-Roman motifs, and Japanese cherry blossoms. Excess, flamboyance, and even the subtle insinuation of entitlement to translate world cultures into playful commodities became chic in mainstream fashion circles. But by 2013, the trend tables have turned to favor austerity, futurism, and an idea of a globalized world where cultural themes cannot be appropriated because they simply do not exist. Instead of ironic baroque print bomber jackets, the fast fashion set is now scrambling to be seen in sterile silver and white or minimalist active wear. Function has finally trumped form -- perhaps not because it deserves to, but because commerce demands that new aesthetics develop and conquer in order to stimulate a subsequent trend that people feel obligated to buy into. 

Well. Not me, not today. I'm gonna back track and continue to wear the flashy clothes that I have because I honestly can't afford to trade my rococo for Raf Simmons. Yes, it's cool to enter a new phase of fashion in which innovation is rewarded and efficiency is held to a higher standard than appearance alone. But it's not cool to feel "pressured" to buy membership into that movement. And it's not cool to feel excluded and ashamed because what you're wearing is representative of a conflicting (maximalist) paradigm. 

I called this look "Gold School" because, besides the obvious metallic reference, my look is commemorative of a luxury hip hop theme that probably won't be considered "novel" or "innovative" anytime soon. Old school, new perspective, same aesthetic allegiances.



FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

Embellished snapback - OASAP
Gold and amber necklace - DAILY LOOK
Crop top - American Apparel
Transparent waist skater skirt - MUSTARD CARTEL
Modern sandal heels - DAILY LOOK


Everything is infinite,

Bebe Zeva

93 comments:

  1. looking good girl ;)

    Hayley xx
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  2. I'm going to a black tie event in a few days and how I would oh so love to rock this look there....

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  3. Love the look! :)

    Love,
    Ericka of http://behappyblue.blogspot.com

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  4. I admire how much you think about fashion. A lot of bloggers just post some pretty pictures and call it a day. I can always count on learning something when I come to your blog.

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  5. love your skirt and shoes! <3

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  6. I love this whole outfit, especially the necklace and shoes! You are absolutely stunning btw and I love your hair colour xx

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  7. I actually never put that much thought into the new fashion trends, but what you wrote definitely opened my eyes. I've noticed that the trends are slowly, but surely, changing. It is truly interesting. I also can't afford to stay on top with the new movement, but I'm excited for it.
    Love your skirt, transparency is such a big trend right now. You look gorgeous.
    Amber,xx
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  8. Loving the heels... and how you accessorized the look!
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  9. Love this look with the mixed jewels and black. Just gorgeous! Monique - divany.com

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  10. Beautiful <333

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  11. Amazing <3

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  12. very lovely! <3

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  13. Wow. This is so amazing. Talk about the coolness! So chic :))


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  15. The shoes are soooooooo pretty! i'm in love!
    Love the outfit
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  16. Don't know where to start! Love the snapback, the skirt, the crop top and don't even get me started on your heels :D

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  18. you look stunning!
    I adore your heels <3

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  19. I always find the comments sections on your posts a little disheartening! 99% "great shoes now check out my blog". This was beautifully written and brings up a lot of fascinating points, Bebe. Thanks for this.

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  20. The jewelry and shoes are so great!

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  21. Love that hat and hardness of that outfit!

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  22. I love the style that you are rocking in these photo. I think the cap is bold and it provides a great contrast with the dress you have it. In turn, they complement each other perfectly! Great job!

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