How Very ‘Anti-Establishment’ Of You.
I think you’d have to be under a rock to not have noticed the big chunky punk semblance returning to the fashion scene. It comes at an interesting time where many people are attempting to move further away from society’s conforming pressures. Musicians successfully releasing records without being signed to a label, artists showcasing their work beyond the curative eye of a gallery and so and so forth.
Many from our generation are feeling a little beyond disheartened with what our so-called “future” has to offer. How many of you are aware that we are referred to as a “Boomerang Generation” meaning that we leave home, study and get pissed, look for a job, fail at finding a job and then boomerang right back in to our parent’s homes.
They say the “world is your oyster” and yet there are those wondering if they will even be able to pay next month’s Oyster Card fares (for non-London readers – this is a London travel card for tubes and buses).
But its not all bad. According to history, this kind of shitty-economical time should push us in to a period of great creativity or even better, rebellion. The only problem is, how can we be exciting, creative and rebellious when stuck behind a screen. What is this generation’s culture other than the internet? Does the internet even count as a culture?
I’m by no means a boundary-pushing individual but I recently read a Fabien Baron interview in Industrie’s second issue and it sparked a fire inside me. Here is one particular quote that really got me going:
“Today photographers don’t live the pictures they take. Helmut Newton lived his pictures: he had that very lifestyle, he was living in his own decadent luxurious ways in either Monaco, Los Angeles or Paris. You have to believe in what you do and you have to live it for it to become something true. The problem with all these kids trying to do photography is they’re trying too much to emulate existing photographers and aren’t making any personal or intellectual investment. So their images don’t cut it; you just don’t believe them. It’s just a style, an aesthetic surface with no soul and no real reason to exist. Basically I don’t think there’s anything going on at the moment because there is a lack of a real, deep personal soul searching with the newer generation.”
How does this quote make you feel? It makes me feel mad but I guess that’s because I’m scared its true. I’m a stylist who sometimes doesn’t believe in her own vision. I occasionally think I’m a fraud. What experiences have I had that is going to allow me to create a piece of work in which I am truly proud of. The kind of proud where I can’t quite believe its mine.
It gets worse…
“There are very few people who bring a point of view to what they post on the internet, which is more about scavenging for information or commenting on something. That’s great, but where’s the talent? Where’s the creativity? Where’s the point of view? Where’s the longevity? What are you saying? You’re just passing the buck along and it’s just not enough.”
I’m now wincing as I type each word. Its painful but is it true? Perhaps we are in a cultural limbo that will be deemed one of the most interesting periods in history but because the pace is so fast, we are clouded and unable to see it. On the other hand, perhaps the internet is ruining us more than we realize.
Rebellion and creativity will only mean something if you do something wild to make it mean something. It goes beyond dying the tips of your hair green, wearing combat boots and safety pins or taking MDMA.
A fashion trend isn’t enough to propel this generation in to a state of conscious thinking. I’m not quite sure where I need to start in regards to discovering my inner-rebel but I sure as hell know that it will need to go further than simply wearing trainers during Paris Fashion Week…
Until I’ve figured it out, here are some images that have been recently inspiring me:
images via Jannike Viveka, Mafia-Hunt, Layers&Swathes scans, TFS and Fashion Gone Rogue