September 29, 2016


I don’t think you need to dress like Michael Jackson on tour on a day-to-day basis to have a critique on someone else’s style. Fashion is all about point of view, not what you throw on your back. 

Fashion is an industry that’s filled with tons of pretentious-ass-kissing people. It’s an industry that’s very difficult to get into – so the second when someone snubs his or her own corner, hell could break loose when something doesn’t go according to plan. I see it all the time. I’ve seen people run YouTube channels with a semi-successful following and suddenly they feel as if they’re the ultimate award-winning-fashion-icons who are untouchable by society. It’s all so utterly pretentious.

I loathe it. Walk around with your chin up when you’re photographing covers for Vogue Magazine, or creative directing at Interview Magazine. Of course, those aren’t the only jobs in fashion but I’m trying to be specific so you’d understand what I am trying to say. 

Moving on.

After they reach their semi-successful following it’s as if no judgments can be made about them unless you’re Anna Wintour and it’s beyond exhausting to me. I don’t think you need to dress like Michael Jackson on tour on a day-to-day basis to have a critique on someone else’s style. Does it help? Probably. Is it mandatory? Definitely not. Fashion is all about point of view, not what you throw on your back.

Movie critics talk about good and bad movies regardless of the fact that they don’t direct any in their lives. It’s what they do. Some people understand what goes well and what doesn’t. Martin Scorsese can easily [verbally] attack many critics for their negative reviews on his films, but he doesn’t because he understands that it’s what critics do. 

The biggest designers in fashion don’t even dress anywhere near the way they design their fashion. Raf Simons practically lives in a button up and trench coat and Alexander Wang basically lives in a black T-Shirt and pants yet I’d probably still take their advice over Jeremy Scott who dresses as if he’s taken acid before leaving his house. 

See, this idea of “style = knowledge of fashion” is so depressing to me. I can say that I have an understanding of fashion because it’s an industry that I look deeply into. Do I need to dress like a trend-setting-fashion-icon to understand? No, someone who dresses in a highly fashionable way is all because they enjoy it, not because they somehow need to prove a point to their audience that they know what they’re doing.

Photography by Fernando Reyes

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