THE K I DS A R E A LR IGHT Thought grown-ups were always at the centre of attention? Guess again. Kelly Yeunh discovers how great things come in small packages.
Much like the idea of youth, fashion is a seductive, flighty force and thrives on the high of the new and temporary. Now more than ever, the strain between grown-up commerce and the arguably freer world of creation and creativity is closely scrutinised, and then, blithely reported. Recently, Lanvin was the latest victim caught up in this struggle, revealing the gaping chasms left by failed relationships between designers and their business counterparts despite years of apparent collaborative bliss. It was then promptly published in all manner of media for anyone’s perusal and consequent judgement. Of course, it’s not as bad as all that. Fashion right now is going through another puberty, and how overdue and exciting it is. In fashion, the fetishising and extensive repackaging of youth is nothing new. The difference now is that the kids inspiring the old hats of the industry are no longer passive muses. Instead, many are using fashion not just as a mode of self-expression, but as an additional platform for their own progressive views. Perhaps, now we ought to listen. After all, they are the very real future and it has arrived. When Nicolas Ghesquière cast Jaden Smith for the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer ’16 campaign, it was a clever decision that was mutually beneficial. While Jaden is hardly the first to embrace genderfluid dressing, he is one of Generation Z’s most outspoken proponents. The ad served as an extension of Smith’s views on disregarding the in 2010
20-year- old Troye Sivan’s star appeal has gone from strength to strength over the years
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Troye’s acting debut in Spud