Planet Fash­ion: there’s no con­flama like it

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - — El­iz­a­beth Clarke, news.com.au

WHAT’S not to love about the fash­ion world? A fab­u­lous planet where silk py­ja­mas by day are chic, dark hair roots are edgy and sneak­ers in the of­fice de rigueur. It’s a place you can wear bal­loon sleeves, glove shoes and bum bags, and jus­ti­fi­ably spend atro­cious amounts of money on in­vest­ment ac­cou­trements.

Yes, there is much to love, but like any in­dus­try you dis­cover things that nig­gle, grate and ir­ri­tate. Here are just a few of them.

★ Speak­ing fash­ionese

Our own ex­clu­sive pat­ter in­cludes pe­cu­liar word mar­riages like con­flama (con­flict + drama), ath­leisure (ath­letic + leisurewear), glawe­some (glam­orous + awe­some) and fantragic (fan­tas­tic + tragic). They are words we ut­ter with a se­ri­ous un­smil­ing rev­er­ence which non-fash­ion peo­ple find de­light­fully com­i­cal.

★ Fash­ion is very se­ri­ous

“Fash­ion stole my smile,” dead­pans Victoria Beck­ham’s new t-shirts – and she’s not jok­ing. The fash­ion cognoscenti find smil­ing te­dious, es­pe­cially when they are frow (front + row) at run­way shows.

Ad­mit­tedly it’s dull – all that high-end fash­ion, free-flow­ing French and the oblig­a­tory star-stud­ded af­ter par­ties. Pfff. I’d rather be an ac­coun­tant.

★ Must-have – you can­not pos­si­bly imag­ine life with­out it

“Have you seen the new must-have Stella McCart­ney Fal­a­bella shoul­der bag reimag­ined in pan­elled denim?” They are words de­signed to en­tice fash­ion­istas to buy new sea­son must-haves they are un­able to af­ford. No other words plum­met us into debt like th­ese ones.

★ It is it

IT Girls, IT Bags, IT Shoes. If it’s IT, then it is IT. Get it, or con­fused? If IT is on-trend, IT is a must-have or must-know. For ex­am­ple, cur­rently the IT-Shoe is Miu Miu’s faux-shear­ling pearl-em­bel­lished slide san­dals, and cur­rent IT-Girls in­clude Gigi Ha­did (pic­tured) and Lily-Rose Depp. Got IT? Pr i n te d an d di s t r i b u te d by P ressReader Pr e s s R e a d e r. c o m +1 604 278 4604 • ORIG­I­NAL COPY • ORIG­I­NAL COPY • ORIG­I­NAL COPY • ORIG­I­NAL COPY • ORIG­I­NAL COPY • ORIG­I­NAL COPY •

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