And besides, did your PDC jeans come in an absolutely pristine dark blue wash? Did you have to wear them for 2 years to get that '2-year' look? No, they came off the hanger that way, because some marketing whiz knew they'd sell more if they looked 'authentic'.. If the English-suit guys are the victim of a marketing experiment, then you are too, surely?
No. I do try to buy the simpler washes in any case and refuse to buy jeans with actual pre-fabricated holes in them, but not because I have an aversion to trendiness. I do the former because I find that simple styled jeans are more versatile and don't do the latter because I wear my jeans hard, and the holes are come by honestly (I have never deliberated distressed jeans just for that reason. A couple of months of hardwearing usually do the trick.) I also like pristine blue jeans - for that I go to A.P.C. I have a strong sense of personal style, and because of that, have no problem incorporating trendy things into my wardrobe when and if they appeal to me. What I object to is people (including people on this forum) who insist that they are not at all influenced by marketing, that their tastes were essentially developed in vacuo, or by their independent discovery of Cary Grant, the Rat Pack, whatever, when I know perfectly well that the fashion industry has been instrumental in bringing these influences and images back into the public's consciousness. BTW, I was wearing PDC jeans from the very beginning (my first pair was of a cut that would eventually become the current LTD cut - the denim was terrific, and there was no distressing at all on them), when they were just developing their cuts (some of them would seem awfully high rise in the current climate,) when the tag was in a different font and on a satin rather than coated paper strip, and before the J-stitching was conceived. And I am currently wearing one of the very first pair of Seven jeans for men produced, so I think that I can safely say that I am generally a trend leader, rather than a trend follower.
I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with following trends, at least in the theory, but following a
trend is just ridiculous and trite. If you combine certain trends that will look and fit well on you, you will in essence, create a new amalgamated trend. Also, I don't think a particular brand necessarily indicates a particular trend. RLPL for example (of which I have bought from almost the creation of the brand) sells several different trends at the same time depending which "collection" the clothing is made for, i.e. the "cruise" RLPL items are designed in a certain way and follow a certain trend, whilst the "sartorial" collection follows a completely different trend. Of course we are all influenced by advertising, only a person residing on the dark side of the moon is not affected in one way or another by advertising. The whole trick is not to allow our wardrobe to be overwhelmed with advertising, with trends, with ill-fitting, poorly made, sartorial nightmares. Jon.