I'm not sure if fashion is more of a primitive trait or an instinct; the fact remains that since the beginning of time fashion has been used as a tool to better define one's self in front of others.
As a visual aid, as a portal into the profound, and invisible, realms of the soul.
As an unspoken message.
Colors, fabrics, symbols... everything had a meaning, and a deeper significance. Fashion showcased membership to a social class, religious beliefs, even ownership.
Today things are different. Fashion exists for the sake of fashion. The presence of a message is not crucial anymore. And there is nothing wrong with that. But when you strip a woman of her fancy clothes and her expensive shoes and you're left with nothing, that's when there is a problem.
Fashion used to convey our message, it now speaks for us.
There is something to be said about the fact that we focus so much on the one accessory that is completely removed from our body: a handbag. It's the easiest way to remove attention from ourselves: "Look at my new bag (don't ask me any questions)!"
That's why fashion has acquired the reputation of being shallow, because it has become easy and acceptable to substitute substance with form: - I have nothing to say, so I'll just wear something that will divert the attention -
And don't get me started on the globalization of taste. Have we all been brainwashed to drool simultaneously as soon as a new Louis Vuitton comes out? This last time all they did was change the color. They could be offering that same bag in ten different shades right now, but they don't, and you know why? Exactly. Ten colors in ten years, and we're all sticking around.
So we play the fashion game, don't get me wrong, I love playing the game myself.
I love following the latest trends as much as I love wearing something totally "un-hip" and turning it into something fashionable again. I love shoes and I love handbags, I love Marc and I love Donatella.
But I also know that there is more to me than how many pairs of shoes I own, or how many days of the week I go without wearing the same thing twice.
I am not here to say that fashion is evil, or anything like that, on the contrary, fashion is great!
Just don't let it be your best feature, or worse yet, your only feature.
Remember to nurture the inside as much as the outside, so that if you're stripped of your diamonds, you will still be able to spark. And if stripped of your heels, you will still be able to stand tall. And when stripped of all the logos, you will still cherish two initials above all others: your own.