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My fourth NYFW wrapped up a month or so ago, and I have still have a lot of thoughts about it. After finishing a week of runway shows and events and extreme exposure to “fashion people,” I always find myself reevaluating things. I wonder if that happens to my fellow blogger babes, because NYFW seems to really take a toll on me.
On one hand, I enjoy the beautiful clothes, fun events, FREE FOOD, street style and reuniting with blogger pals. On the other hand, I feel like I’m a part of a world that I completely don’t belong in. I feel like an outsider and wannabe that doesn’t actually want to get in or want to be them.
I find myself reevaluating who I am as a person and what’s important to me. I see nothing wrong with people who are passionate about art (which is what I believe fashion is) and enjoy seeing it in person. I don’t even see anything wrong with people taking fashion seriously, because again… people who consider sculptures, poetry and paintings seriously are the equivalent to me.
What I often see though is people who take their image too seriously and determine that they’re not only important, but they are more important than other people who may not be as stylish as them or be able to sit front row like them.
It’s like the measure of person has changed from their substance to their Instagram followers.
It’s not something I can buy into, but somehow every NYFW I feel myself surrounded with it. Luckily, my friends are down-to-earth so there’s a barrier between me and these types of people, but it’s still so evident that the attitudes are surrounding us.
It’s kind of sad really, and makes me lose interest in the industry. It makes me want to shirk away from future events, because I just get this squeamish feeling from it all.
In reality though, that’s not the way to go, and I know that in my heart despite the past few paragraphs. I know that the way to deal with it is to continue emerging myself in it without losing sight of who I am and what’s important to me. The way to deal with it is to continue being open and kind to everyone no matter what their “status” is in the industry. The way to deal with it is to fight it head on with compassion.
I know it’s easier said than done, and that I will continue to suck at it, but I’m just putting it out there. Maybe that will keep me in line.
As you can tell this has been a very educational fashion week for me…
The other thing I learned during fashion week is something I talked extensively about in this post. It was about learning more about my clothes and how they were made.
It’s interesting when you start questioning these things what you can learn!
If you’re like me, and you wear a lot of cotton, you might not know that 96% percent of it in the US is made with GMO cotton according to the USDA. There are several reasons for that, but it makes it gentler on the environment and can help meet all the demand we have for it more rapidly.
GMO technology has significantly helped farmers grow more and has given us the products we so often are looking for, while also helping to decrease environmental impact.
With everything we hear about GMO’s today, I think it’s been interesting to learn more about what they do and how they affect the fashion choices I make daily. Questions about GMOs or biotechnology? GMO Answers is a platform created to help give people more information about biotechnology and what the different options are.
Check out my all cotton outfit below, and thank you for learning with me!