Fashion v. Style

Manolo says, as part of the Fashion Week State of the Fashion Union fashion blogging, the Erin of the brilliantly funny blog, The Dress The Day, she has the wise words about the differences between the fashion and the style.

However, when talking about fashion, I insist on making the distinction between fashion and style. Fashion is of the now; style is perennial. Fashion is something you follow; style is something you forge. Fashion is about being part of the herd; in with the in-crowd; style is about one’s own vision, about idiosyncracies and quirks. Stylish people often set fashions–in fact fashion designers often have incredibly narrow personal styles: look at The Lagerfeld, Elbaz, and Carolina Herrera and try to tell me they are fashionable rather than stylish!–and fashionable people may in fact have style, but one does not necessarily follow from the other.

In fact, even though fashion may be anemic, style is bigger and better than ever. People are more and more comfortable with the idea of a personal style, one that may or may not flirt with being fashionable, and are convinced that such a thing is within their grasp […]

Read the whole thing, it is smart.

3 Responses to “Fashion v. Style”

  1. Miss Meghan January 31, 2006 at 4:53 pm #

    I LOVE this take on fashion vs. style. Style is so endemic to one’s identity and she is so right, style is perennial!

    xo
    The Miss Meghan

  2. toad February 1, 2006 at 2:46 am #

    Hmmm, there are those people who are “style” consultants. A number of them give their client all the same look. Raccoon eyes for instance? Fashion vs. Style, style should be an indication of your character, fashion of your mood. A personality, you are pretty much stuck with what you have, character and style you can do something with. Some fashions will fit your style. Does that sound right?

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