2017 Fashion – Fantasy vs. Reality – which side are you on?


2017-Fantasy-Reality

We are living in the midst of chaotic uncertainty. Basic human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, and the future of our environment is all at stake. Psychologically there are a few ways that humans react to stress, sometimes burying their heads in the sand like an ostrich might to avoid a predator, and others just as easily may accept it all and live with a sort of apathy bubble surrounding them. Similarly, as we know art imitates life imitates art, so this year in fashion has mostly taken two distinctly different paths, one of pure escapism and the other a return to nineties era lethargy.

 James Baldwin discusses escapism in ‘No Body Knows My Name‘- ‘This distance one is compelled to respect; anyone who has traveled so far will not easily be dragged again into the world.’ Who can blame those who choose not to let reality get the best of them, after all? 

For the escapist we see everything from accessories adorned with rainbows and ladybugs, like at Gucci and Dior Couture, to entire collections based on bright happy hues like tangerine at Armani Prive. Tom Ford beauty’s gorgeous deep ombre lip also made for a beautiful departure from the norm.

Alternatively, “2017 is a “no bulls–t” year for Originals,” said Alegra O’Hare, vice president of global brand communications, Adidas Originals. Adidas quite literally took a popular sneaker from the nineties, the EQT (pictured above) and revamped it with bold colors for 2017, noting that its an ‘expression of everything that is essential and nothing that is not’. They have been promoting heavily as their biggest campaign yet of 2017 (though it is still technically January…bit I’ll just keep sippin’ my tea over here). The campaign was shot by Juergen Teller (see the full campaign here), the popular German fashion photographer who, coincidentally began his own rise to fame when he  trailed and photographed then unknown 90’s rock band, Nirvana. 

Supreme’s hugely popular collaboration with Louis Vuitton takes a different approach. The street brand who once was being sued by the high fashion house for ripping off its logo on one of its skateboards, has now come full circle for a full scale collaboration with a huge product line, including a legit skateboard chock full of LV’s which you can be the proud owner of for just $54,500. The collaboration is considered by some to be ironic, but I think more than that it shows there is always hope for change, if the people demand it. What isn’t lost on me however, is how something that was once a fantasy – Supreme’s wish to be the iconic LV brand, ultimately became a reality. Maybe there is some truth to the idea that your perception becomes your reality. So once again we are reminded to dream big, kids!

Also In the same vein, Vetements just showed regular people on the runway characterized as stereotypes like ‘punk’ or ‘secretary’ old and young models of all sizes and ethnicities were meant to make a statement that yes, we are all different, but that is also what makes us great. Or maybe its actually to say, don’t judge, don’t assume, don’t stereotype by outward appearances. Just like that ostrich putting their head in the sand to hide from predators thing, I found out that is actually just a myth.

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Thanks to @urdumom for the q’s - check my highlights for expanded answers
1. Were you ever labeled an ABCD? What did you feel about that? 
Ha! Yes - I would still consider myself an 'ABCD' (American born confused Desi) although I think 'intersectional' is what the kids are calling it these days. As a kid it was difficult navigating both cultures, simultaneously being both and neither. I still struggle with it, to be honest, but I'm just now beginning to see that it is such a blessing to be sort of an outsider. It ultimately made me much more emotionally intelligent, and also broadened my perspective. 
2. Did you get to travel to Pakistan with your parents as a kid? How was the experience? 
Yes! We traveled often - almost every year - and I absolutely loved it. As a kid it was fun playing with the goats and chickens in my dads village, or shopping in the huge maze of bazaars in the city. When I was in tenth grade, my parents even sent me to Pakistan because they thought I was getting too 'wild'. Long story short, they are so advanced in education in Pakistan, we realized me going to school there meant I had to go back two grade levels, so they gave up on that plan and the whole trip became an extended vacation. I was SO resentful that I had to come back to America! I LOVED Pakistan so much. But I also knew my parents were now out of major punishment options - so I fulfilled their prophecy and became pretty wild 😜 
3. Did you face bullying at school for being different? 
sure! My first name Itrat was something kids really liked to tease me about. 'It's a rat' was a fan favorite. Kids would laugh at me and say that my dad worked at the gas station while imitating an Indian accent like Apu from The Simpsons, and they would ask me why I'm not wearing a red dot. I remember once arguing with a girl who then called me a rag head, and I thought she meant my hair was raggedy, but my older brother filled me in that she was referencing our Muslim heritage. 
4. How did your parents keep your Pakistani roots alive at home? 
My parents are both from Pakistan, so we had the food, language, music, books
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 3) Sophia’s lewk 😍 
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