Wednesday, November 9

Forging a fashion identity

Baiwatch update: In case you couldn't guess from the picture above, it's "Call Me" by Blondie this week.

Here's the thing about Australian fashion. I think there's a lot of talent out there and I'm not ashamed to say in civilised company that some of my best clothes are Australian. However on an international level, most of it doesn't send frissons of excitement through the skinny bodies of fashion editors. People just don't know what to make of it, a response akin to seeing a platypus for the first time.

What Australia needs is its own fashion identity before anything else. I mean, how could we have gone to a referendum over becoming a republic when we hadn't even sorted out this issue first? Well the established designers have had their chance and failed so it's up to the next generation to come up with a look that's instantly identifiable with Australia.

I think we're on to something here. No, don't interrupt me..wait..I'm thinking boxy. All kinds of boxy, including pinned to the sides boxy.

Here's another one. Oddly shaped. Vaguely like the continent of Australia itself, so that whichever way you wear it, it doesn't sit right and leaves you staring ahead in stoic resignation (left) or mute defiance (right).

There's also half-assed because when coursework is assessed on a pass/fail basis, there is plenty of leeway for slacking off.

Know that you are looking at the future of Australian fashion. Nurture it. Throw money at it. It has the potential to become universally popular and adored. Just like our fine Aussie men.


At 8:56 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

Oh dear. Have you seen what's going on at the Russian shows? Annieytown has some great pictures on Blogdorf Goodman. The models are actually wearing horse masks.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Ting said...

aaah, good ol' oz - the last(lost?) continent. nothing beats the fashion catwalk that is tsim sha tsui though. :) i love hongkong! but only when people don't look like they got steamrollered by a car.

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Aussie man resembles a hunchbacked Igor that has a hand growing out of his left thigh!

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Australian Designers:
Put down the beer.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Spirit Fingers said...

Yes, the Russian shows are something else all together. Got some great pics that I don't know what to do with.

At 8:04 AM, Blogger sway said...

and there I was, saving up for Nicola Finetti and Third Millenium. you, oh great one, have shown me the error of my ways.

you know, street fashion isn't much better- what with shorts and knee length socks and work the mullet never really left.

and I think the girls of sass and bide made their models wear horse heads and antlers not a few seasons ago!!!


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