No, I'm not walking around without any underwear on. But I am, metaphorically speaking, taking off the fashionoclast garb and bringing this
It's become tiresome to keep walking into stores and seeing the same ol' tired - and limited - selection of men's fashion, for one thing. And men's fashions are even an afterthought for my favourite designers, however brilliant. I understand that women's fashion is where the love, and money, are (as well as the love of money), and don't begrudge the imaginative variety of options for women. Yet there's only so many time I can bang my head against the wall and bemoan that the energy and enthusiasm lavished onto women's designs is rarely exerted on behalf of men. There are only so many loafers and flip-flops, so many limited variations on the same theme of shirts and pants, that I can stand.
Of course, I understand that the industry orients itself to the market, and between society's fetish for women's feet and cultural double-standards of beauty, it's not surprising that both big and indie fashion are mostly focused with satisfying women's footwear/sartorial needs and desires. Considering that there are zillions of blogs already covering women's fashion in exhaustive details, most with the benefit of lady bloggers who can actually model the clothes and shoes, I don't feel like I have anything unique or worthwhile to contribute to the topic, even as a cheerleaders for talented folk. If I don't have something to say, I'm not the type to say it in a loud voice. And fashion blogging as a spectator sport is losing its appeal.
I could take the activist route, start a fashion company, be my own fashion designers and just stick it to the world. Damn the torpedoes! And all that.
But no. That won't work.
In any case, no more ranting. I'm sure you don't want to read frothy rants, and I sure as heck don't want to write them. So let's just say the time has come to refocus my efforts on other, more fruitful projects and endeavours, such as getting a novel published, building up my professional career brand, and so on and so forth, etc., etc., etc.. Blogging here has been, thankfully, fun more often than not, and I'm grateful for the genuinely creative people I've encountered over the years, both among readers and among the designers I've featured.
Before I sign off, I want to be sure you don't leave with empty hands. So here are fashion blogs I humbly suggest you bookmark and read regularly, in no particular order...
- Away from the Blue: I started reading Mica's friendly and charming blog almost from the time she started it, and it's been great fun to see how her style has changed over time. Mica has none of the pretensions that fashion bloggers are prone to, and that's refreshing. Down-to-earth and lovely.
- Pump Up the Frump: Nobody styles vintage finds like Becky does, which is reason enough to follow her exploits. But she puns too, which is all the more endearing, and fearlessly dares where few dare to dare.
- Blooberry Muffin: Jessica's blog lives up to its tagline of "life and everything in it - food, friends, animals, travels, musings and pretty things." It's sweetly eclectic and always a delight.
- Stylish With A Budget: Though this be budget, yet there is style in it! And how "budget" is Isabel Marant, anyway? June is an architect, and her love of design extends to the world of fashion with ever-stylish outfit posts. Word.
And, of course, other fine blogs in the sidebar at right...
As for me, I'll still be around the ol' internet. I'd be thrilled and honoured if you followed me at my blog ink & ashes, where I just might throw in the occasional fashion morsel among the buffet of politics, culture, arts, and entertainment commentary.
Although this is the end of the line for The Fashionoclast, it's not quite so permanent as staking it through the heart. Better to say that it's going into an indefinite hiatus, with the archive of posts still available for perusal and the possibility that perhaps someday I'll revive it.
Thank you for reading. In the words of Douglas Adams, so long, and thanks for all the fish.