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Survey of fashion from the economist

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The rest of the article is only for subscribers though. They should be printed in the latest magazine. http://www.economist.com/displaystor...ory_id=2458085
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It's just my general observation. This forum seems to have a fairly large number of members (yet not quite that of the askandandyaboutclothes.com board.) who are anti-fashion. Not that anything is wrong with it, but sometimes I wish there were occasional discussions of, say, the latest Dior Homme collection or the last Tom Ford Gucci collection. If you go to any fashion forum dominated by women, it's always flooded by pictures from latest collections and models. Although I admit it gets sometimes really annoying how everyone writes a single-sentence response along the line of "I love it., Adorable., OMG., etc" with indiscreet uses of various emoticons.
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Not to go completely off-topic here, but I believe that the reason we here appear to be 'anti-fashion' (moreso than 'fashion forum dominated by women) is that anything 'new' or 'hip' doesn't have classic style. There are several on this board that probably have suits older than I (24) am. This is exacerbated by the fact that, in general, more men dress poorly than otherwise. We're here to warn each other what DOESN'T work. What does work: timeless style, perfectionist construction, endless comfort, long shelf-life -- that's hard to find in a product. Best we can do is discuss what doesn't work. I'm sure there are a whole bunch of other reasons why this board appears to be so critical -- it's a good thing.
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Not to go completely off-topic here, but I believe that the reason we here appear to be 'anti-fashion' (moreso than 'fashion forum dominated by women) is that anything 'new' or 'hip' doesn't have classic style.
This is a patently false statement. It behooves a critic to be particularly knoweldgeable about the things he criticizes. Moreoever, a discussion about the latest Dior Homme or Gucci show doesn't need to be a lovefest. These are major designers who influence what joe-blow is wearing, whether he knows it or not. And you're probably susceptible to marketing from the big fashion houses too, whether you like it or not. Do you think that it's a coincidence that traditional fabrics like tweed and corduroy are enjoying a resurgence in popularity? Check out the catwalk shows recently.
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What does work: timeless style, perfectionist construction, endless comfort, long shelf-life
Just a bunch of catch phrases from a particular brand of lifestyle marketing - says nothing universal.
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If you go to any fashion forum dominated by women, it's always flooded by pictures from latest collections and models.
The main difference between men's and women's fashions is that year to year women's is in constant, sometimes drastic change. Men's tends not to deviate much or become experimental. If a theme from the previous year did well the designers will modify it slightly, just enough not to scare off their previous customers. Look at Dior Homme, one of the most cutting edge houses; they really haven't deviated from a common theme since Hedi Slimane took over. Hence the fact that we don't look over pics and write, "OMG, Love it., etc..." I think it would be cool if we could start some threads like that though. I love classical tailoring, whose discussions dominate this forum, however I'm open to talking about current designers as well.
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