Recession vs. Fashion: Drawing the line
So we have this conundrum that fashionistas and the industry that employs them must face: How do you reconcile the idea of pushing high fashion and haute couture in the present economic and philosophical environment?
Not only are we clearly in a recession, but the very nature of capitalism, consumerism and greed are all topics for heated debate and conversation. As human beings (and Americans) we most certainly appreciate and desire nice things. In and of itself this is not an evil thing. Our economy is driven by the exchange of goods and services for cash so unless someone comes up with some new system over night we'll need to repair what we've got. However, who's to say how much is enough? How much is too much? Where does necessity end and opulence begin? Where is the line and should it ever be crossed?
I hate to drop this on you, but I DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER. I have always been a practical guy and satisfied with enough to take care of myself and my family. I may never understand the desire or need for a $10,000 wrist watch or a $100,000 car, but I also don't feel the need to tell someone else what works for them either. I do wonder about the message we send to each other and our children in the choices we make and the images we create. However, as an artist I do appreciate beautiful things and images of beautiful things. Organic and natural or man made and mass produced; beautiful is beautiful.
Dior Homme has come out with the Lumiere du Nord collection of accessories for fall/winter 2008/2009. The collection consists of 2 patent calfskin shoes, a boot and high-top sneaker. There are also four men’s bags including a messenger, shopper, backpack and a weekend bag. In addition to the patent calfskin all accessories in the Lumiere du Nord collection feature silver finishes.
Peep these and enjoy. While you contemplate the questions I asked. I'd love to hear back from you.