"You sold your soul to the Devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo's.
I saw it."
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Arguing whether fashion should be considered an art has officially become an outdated statement.
Although there is still some reluctance, the vast majority of those following the art world agree with this assertion. Fashion has a long history of creators who have brought to some select spheres and the masses unparalleled and exciting designs. Fashion is now part of our history, and it’s important to listen to the experts to be able to precisely understand the art we carry with us each day.
One of them is Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue magazine for almost thirty years.
Anna Wintour is one of the most powerful people in the fashion industry and has positioned the magazine as one of the most important publications in the design world and as an example for making your own clothing choices.
Her medium has allowed young designers an opportunity to exhibit their designs, and thanks to these innovative labels, we enjoy a constant evolution in design. To highlight her ideology, blogger Allyson Payer put together a few styles in the fashion world that the Vogue goddess hates, to offer alternatives.
The following are some Do's and Don'ts for aspiring experts and anyone aiming to look good, no matter the occasion.
Hate: Black outfits
Love: Colorful outfits
Black on black on black is almost anathema for Anna. She sees them as impractical and make us look drained, besides looking way too serious, even as an elegant style. More colorful styles are a better option. Should we thank hipsters for bringing back striking classics that look much better on us? Also, don't be deceived; incorporating a little white doesn’t necessarily add color.
Hate: Not recycling
Refusing to recycle is an immediate sign of rejecting the past, without considering how much we owe to it. It never hurts to explore the closets of our parents and find those hidden gems. Rescuing these outfits can result in putting together a more personal set of outfits, and that is definitely better than wearing what everyone else is.
Wintour shies away from trends and makes clear that we should opt for classic styles whose influence on the industry is established and won’t ever disappear. Following trends is a sort of social experiment, and although other experts may suggest them, nothing assures them a certain immortality we can go back to at any moment. If in a couple of years you cringe while looking at your photographs, then you know you followed a trend that was quick not only to fade, but seen as a "terrible moment in fashion history."
Hate: Boring designs
Wintour favors the London style, for example, because she says it frequently evolves. Why not experiment? Pick a great staple piece that is timeless but has an edge to it that makes it modern.
If there is one thing that deserves to be hated, it’s huge logos on sports and casual wear. These designs are a desperate scream from their producers for greater marketing exposure, and it’s just boring to use them as a certain status symbol. It’s much better to not look like a walking advertisement.
Hate: Neon colors
Neon-colored shoes and other athletic wear are on the hate list of any fashionista, including Anna Wintour. It’s vague and has no style, so it’s better go for the traditional.
Anna Wintour’s knowledge is unparalleled, and it’s up to you to take her wisdom into account. She’s a brave pioneer and a breath of fresh air in an industry full of pretentious trends and fleeting fashion. She knows that classic is better, that brands try to deceive us, and that we do not need to spend a lot of money to show off good style. We just have to watch out to not fall for the worst enemy of all: bad taste. However, at the end of the day, while this form of art lies close to our skin, it is up to us to decide which trends to choose and which outfits to put together. What matters the most is to wear what makes you feel confident and powerful.
Translated by Joseph Reiter