Thursday, June 23, 2011

Concert Costuming

Obvi Lady Gaga gets attention for her outrageous outfits, Katy Perry brings up the rear with a different kind of fantastical outfitting and now Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine fame) is being dressed in Gucci (which I would pay to see but unfortunately was sold out in my area)... this makes me feel not so silly for liking to step out of the box sometimes. By no means am I wearing a hat made out of human hair (seeing as I already have human hair on my head) buuuuuuuuuut these ladies are breaking the mold and making it accepted if not OK to be a little weird. I like being weird. Weird is better than boring, am I right?

Gucci Designs for Florence and the Machine

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  1. So here’s an earnest question for you: As someone who watches fashion, what do these musicians, and probably more directly, fashion designers and their runway pieces, which I’ll argue are probably more “outlandish” a lot of times in that they’re demonstrating the upcoming season’s fashion trends by displaying clothes that you or I probably wouldn’t ever wear, do for the commoner’s fashion? I’m guessing most people won’t wear a peppermint bra out and about, so how does this help with our fashion?

    Is it that by being the ones to stretch the rubber band, the designers and the Florences are making more room in the middle for the rest of us to try new things? Our decision to wear something like [insert outrageous piece that I am too unaware of to actually come up with] is suddenly less outrageous relative to the runways or a Gaga concert?

    I’ve always sort of felt that there was a disconnect between what we see on the runway or a concert stage and what we wear in real life. Obviously not as large of a flag for performers, as they’re presenting a hyper-reality. Is it the self-expression of the pieces?

    Learn me!

  2. Holy thought explosion Justin! I didn't intend on this post being a brain buster but I suppose to answer your question, for me personally, I feel like there is more room for me to make some bolder than average choices because of, GASP, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. For instance, no I will not wear an entire outfit made out of candy, big blue feathers or human hair buuuuuut I might try out something out of the ordinary because "out of the ordinary" is becoming sort of ordinary? If that makes sense. I can wear that peacock inspired head piece (which yes I own and have received compliments on) or the bracelet made to look like it was made out of peppermints or the electric blue dress from Anthro because Gaga and Katy put it out there first. I guess you're right though that they are making room in the middle for people who want to, to experiment.

    As for runways, they always translate to real people in more subtle ways. We see fashion that is not ready to wear but we can buy pieces, less outlandish, toned down for everyday wear. I suppose it is self expression in the pieces because isn't that was fashion is? Self-expression?

    On a side note, being that I like to craft things as well, it is much more fun to create pieces like peppermint dresses and showgirl costumes than a plain ol' sundress. Seeing these concert outfits, sparks the creative juices for me. Eh, also I like to look at pretty colors.

  3. I can't believe that you left out the Gaga meat dress/kermit dress, and Katy's Elephant jumper look!

    That being said, a lot of the more outlandish designer looks you see during Fashion week, aren't necessarily what the designer is creating for boutiques, and less likely for department stores/ready to wear. They're the jumping off point to share the designers vision.

    What we are exposed to from runway to store help create inspiration for the buyer (especially the S/S 11 Prada, for example, bright colors, bold stripes and graphic florals, which are every where this year) to use to recreate using the more ready-to-wear pieces created (be it by the designer, or by the more heavily saturated chain designers like J.Crew, etc).

    As a jewelry designer I often look to these shows for trends that will be emerging and interpret them my own way, through my pieces I create. Which is kind of how things go.

    Just my 2 cents. :)

  4. gorgeous. x

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  6. All of these fashions are fun but I love love love the Katy Perry electric blue feathery number. Love.


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