From Runway to Reality

10 Jan

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. – Coco Chanel

There’s a moment in the fashion world from over a year ago that I just can’t seem to shake. At the “Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009, Leighton Meester received continual criticism for her Louis Vuitton dress and embellished leggings. Yet despite this negative reaction to this ensemble in the real world, it appeared twice in 2009 fall fashion magazines, being featured in photo spreads for the August issues of both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. I understand the concept of fashion being art – but shouldn’t that art be wearable? Shouldn’t a piece – especially one of such unique and grandiose style – be translated from the runway (or glossy pages of a publication) to reality? I believe Leighton made that outfit, however inaccessible it may seem, accessible: she brought it to life, and that is the most fashionable thing a girl can do.

the unforgettable outfit

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