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Does fashion always have to be style over function?


on October 25 2011

Fashion is, in some sense, like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Although I‘m staunchly pro-fashion (especially anything gold/metallic – I really am a magpie), I do see the merit in both sides of the ‘for’ and ‘against’ argument.

Team anti-fashion speak of fashion being a fickle pursuit with shallow and soulless traits, whereas team pro-fashion speak about apparel as a lifestyle, an artful outlet for expression and personality. I pretty much sit there somewhere in the middle, with the 1000’s of gushing fashion blogs leaving a bit of a bad taste in my mouth of late.

One argument Team-Anti always manage to throw me off-guard with is the question  of functionality. Of course, that £20k Chanel couture gown I purchased is going to yield me a high cost-per-wear and definitely has so much day-to-night potential. Or not. I get it – even the most ‘subdued’ of fashion garments really speak about class, wealth and (lack-of) function – with many more ‘normal’ pieces being incredibly formal for regular Joe’s like you and me (see Bottega Veneta  SS12 (left) & Prada SS12 (right)  examples above. Images courtesy of

So, with all these reports of a potential double-dip recession, maybe designers recently got together to agree on a way that fashion can be functional, and carry mass-appeal. Well, that’s my theory anyway.

New York Fashion Week SS12 was awash with sporty-themed collections, with even queen of over-dressing Victoria Beckham getting in on the game.

Although the majority of these clothes/accessories are still ultra-formal it is definitely a step further towards a more wearable era in fashion – even if it is only for this season.