There seems to be a trend that won’t soon go out of style. It mocks, mimics and throws up a massive middle finger to anyone willing to try and understand why it’s there in the first place. It’s rebellion. A rebellion that’s found it’s way into the fashionscape of today and therefore become at the forefront of modern societal standards.
To sheepishly quote the iconic movie, The Devil Wears Prada, “what [designers] create is much greater than art, because you live your life in it.” It’s true, the things we choose to wear are a representation of our perceived self. When we wear something it’s meant to relay a message to the viewer. Whether it be how much money you make, how creative you can be, or how much you just don’t care. It’s honestly why fashion is often broken up into different categories (ie. evening, bridal, couture, ready-to-wear); different garments and fabric choices and structuring techniques within each type of collection are developed to cater to each occasion specifically. And in doing so, these fabrications become representative of a specific style that the wearer is now projecting. Fashion often literally allows you to #WearYourVoice.
What I’m basically saying is, clothes can tell a lot about a person. So, when a style develops, and certain clothes start to trend within a key demographic, it can often be telling of what’s changing and becoming of society as a whole as well.
So what was I to make of these when I noticed them popping up on my Instagram feed?
I personally loved them.
This specific trend, this sort of, mockery– nay, homage to the fashion industry was a stroke of brilliance. Many could claim that these are mere knock offs; bad ones at that. But those people in my opinion are missing out on the big picture here.
People often criticize “millennials”; Generation Y.
We don’t apparently like to “follow the rules” or tend to be frivolous with our time and energy. Constantly on our phones, texting and tweeting and posting videos. Our music is offensive, our tastes outlandish.
What a lot of those critics don’t seem to realize is where we came from. The generation that gave birth to a nation of millennials, was the same generation that was essentially responsible for things like, the 2008 recession, an education system that’s nationally ranked at about 17, a nearly nonexistant job market due to outsourcing, and a f***ing war. We can see it here today in our own backyards. Oakland itself is having a massive revival and finally getting the chance it deserves to utilize and exhibit some of it’s innovation and creativity for change.
Blatant acts of rebellion are often a cry for necessary change within society. This rings true on the warfront and on the fashionfront. Garments that depict crude symbols, salacious acts and obscene verbage have become the norm in due part to the stark contrast of what it seems we’ve grown up watching.
The knock off trend to me is a sort of “fuck you” to traditional consumerism. It speaks volumes of our cultures overt obsession with materialism and mocks it almost in a way that proves to combat it.
Depiction of offensive symbolism speaks to questioning widely accepted belief systems.
This sort of rebelious nature to me stands as a reclamation of power.
Rebellion doesn’t always have to be so obviously spelled out. It can be subversive, without being overt. But in this case, the messages (to me anyway) read loud and clear.
Rebellion never goes out of style for a reason.