Originally Posted by pickpackpockpuck
What the internet causes people to forget is that clothing is as much tactile as it is visual. Even looking at high-res images you're still just getting a limited amount of information about a garment. I find that to be the biggest problem with shopping online as well. In the past two years I've returned or sold every single item
I've purchased online. They never end up being exactly what I expected, and then trying to guess how a thing will fit on your body, even if you know the brand, is a whole other mess.
The internet has become over-saturated with images and information. We have an incredible amount of information at our fingertips, but it can be hard to process and keep up. I think people are so used to seeing livestreams and photos of collection after collection at show time that they become desensitized. There is only so much you can take in, and after that, instead of waiting a while before assessing a collection and trying to understand it, people simply rely on a gut reaction and either applaud or reject. Not knowing how you feel about something, when the industry pushes new moment upon new moment, is a difficult reality, because fashion is necessarily of the moment. I think people can often be rushed to a decision because of that. And once you are able to label something - it's beautiful, it's trashy, it's conservative, it's avant-garde; I think most people stop caring. I often get annoyed when people label something as "avant-garde", because it can often be used in a way by journalists or commentators to say "I don't understand it, but it's avant-garde, so I don't need to". Then again, I think that applies to lots of labels and discussions about collections. People make up their minds too quickly, and just seem to want to rush to a decision of whether they liked it or not, and then they can move on to the next season.
And I think there will always be that disconnect between image and garment. Fashion can be represented by words, by photography, by film, by a live model, but nothing compares to wearing it. It is like hearing about food, or seeing food, without ever tasting it. Clothing has to be worn to be understood. I think discussing aesthetics is possible without trying something on, but even then your understanding will never be quite complete. It sounds weird but I always feel sad I don't have the body to be able to try on women's clothing, just because I think I would understand it better if I could. As it is I can judge it by looks, rather than by feel. But then I guess you can hardly try on every menswear garment you like the look of, let alone then trying on all womenswear, so it is something you have to accept.
Originally Posted by davidlee388
The flora print under the collar gives it away.
I love details like this, it makes the clothing so much more fun to wear. It's like a little secret between you and the designer.