Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 37: fashion faux pas.

So on Day 35 I insinuated that Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist fame had assumed an air of superiority and was sitting in judgement over the well-dressed populaces of the world. I started reading his book last night, and I think I might have been wrong. He writes:
"I have begun to see my images more as a social document celebrating self expression than as a catalogue for skirt lengths or heel heights... I hope that, as you look at the images in this book, rather than giving a look a 'thumbs up' or a 'thumbs down', you will focus on the elements that could inspire you... We tend to think that to achieve great personal style someone must have perfect clarity about who they are and what they stand for. I politely disagree. I think conflict about who you are often leads to even greater expression...,'Am I a rocker? A footballer? Or a little bit of both?'. These contradictions produce the most interesting looks... I hope that, while looking at the images in this book, you will begin to see fashion and style in a different light: that you make it yours, let yourself get inspired and experience a deeper enjoyment of your own sartorial expression." (The Sartorialist, Penguin Books, 2009)
So yeah, less judgemental bastard, more artistic, open-minded cool dude. I'm now totally excited in retrospect that I shook his hand! And I like what he says about conflict leading to greater expression. That totally applies to music too - and Lord knows I'm all over the place. Maybe for once that might actually be a good thing.

1 comment:

  1. Checked out the myspace site - The Damage my favourite track as well, the energy and commitment is infectious!