This weeks Friend Friday is a little hard for me to answer. The topic is Fashion Week. While I thoroughly enjoy fashion. I wouldn’t say I am necessarily “Current” on the field of fashion. It is only withing the last couple of months that I have started to seriously put some thought into what I wear and purchase. That being said, be sure to hop on over to our fabulous host Katie’s blog ModlyChic. She has a page that will tell you how you can become apart of Friend Friday, as well as, her Friend Friday post that will have links to all of the participating bloggers. Check them all out. It is great reading everyone’s answers.


1. Do you pay attention to the shows during fashion week? Which designers collections are you looking forward to seeing? I did a little research, and a few shows I would be interested in seeing, if I actually had the time, our BCBGMAXAZRIA, Betsey Johnson, and Z Spokes by Zac Posen. There are several others that looked interesting, but I don’t know much about the designers.

2. Where are you getting your Fashion Week news from?
Most of my news is coming from fellow bloggers via Twitter. It wasn’t purely Fashion Week related, but Grit and Glamour did a wonderful job keeping us updated on the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference. Thanks V! P.S. Check out her blog too. Girls got game!

3. Over the years the runway has become more than just models displaying the creations of a designer. They are now spectacles. Do you think that adds or detracts from the fashion?
I think the spectacles that shows have become adds to the experience. Fashion isn’t just about the clothing anymore, fashion is for the senses too. Why do so many people tune in to watch the Victoria Secret show every year? It isn’t just for the girls in underwear, it is for the whole shebang. Plus, designers aren’t necessarily putting out everyday kind of clothes. Some of the stuff out there would look quite odd if someone was to simply walk down the runway.

4. Twice a year, as models begin to strut the catwalk we see articles about model size and body image. Do you think the super thin models are offering an unattainable goal to the public or are we immune to their looks?
I’m fairly small myself, and even I am not immune to there looks. However, I know that I’m never going to look like the girls on the runways. I know without a doubt society as a whole is not immune. I’ve had a friend or two I’ve had to talk down from unrealistic goals set by what is in a magazine. Beauty isn’t a number, it’s who you are.

5. If you could sit front row at any show what would you want to see? And which celebrity would you want to be sitting next to?
I can’t answer this one. Too many great choices.

It is that time of the week again. Time for me to answer questions from Katy at Modly Chic. Last weeks topic was something that has been talked about all over the blogosphere, fall fashion. Today we are back to the hard hitting subjects. We are discussing copying in the fashion industry. If you want to join us head on over to Katy’s blog.
1. Which side do you take… Copycat designs are a way for the average consumer to stay current and wear runway styles without breaking the bank OR Copycat designs take business from the designer and cheapen the value of their work. Explain. I guess I fall under the first option. However, I prefer to see designs that are similar without being an exact copy. Obviously, Forever 21 and other stores aren’t going to have same quality of product and craftsmanship as the designer piece it is fashioned after.
I believe fashion is for the people, and some people can afford to purchase designer items, and others can’t. For myself and the others who can’t I don’t think we should purchase knock-offs that are being passed as the real deal. But I don’t see a problem with purchasing items that are inspired by the runway.

2. Sometimes we do things, even if they are unethical or illegal (downloading music for free, watching full movies on YouTube). Do you think it is unethical for a designer to copy a vintage piece, make it current and sell it? To this one I’m going to say no. Fashion is always going to repeat itself, so the tea length dresses my grandma wore are fashionable for me to wear today and probably again when my daughter is my age. However, finding vintage pieces isn’t a walk in the park to do. Sites like Modcloth that sell vintage and vintage inspired pieces are very invaluable to the wannabe vintage fashionista. 

3. Would you buy an item that is a very well done copy of a runway garment if it fell within your budget? Honestly, I have to resort back to my first answer and say if they are passing it off as an authentic piece, no.
4. According to the fashion laws, at least in the US, apparel design is seen as too utilitarian to qualify for copyright protection. Would you think this is detrimental to the industry or beneficial. (Check out this video on The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe to get a better idea of this concept: http://taxonomyofmywardrobe.blogspot.com/2010/08/fashion-and-copyright-laws.html) If they begin to copyright apparel design then the cost of all clothing ,designer or not is going to rise. If manufacturers or designers have to pay to use a sleeve they are going to pass that cost on to us. That would be detrimental in my opinion.

 

5.  Own up… share the things in your closet that is a knock off. You know those things you got in China Town, on the streets of New York, or where ever. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t have any knock offs. I did get a a Prada purse that my mother in-law got at Goodwill. I’m pretty sure it is real.

Friend Friday is brought to you by Modly Chic. Today, it is all about conspicous consumption. In case you are confused by the phrase conspicuous consumption… Wikipedia’s definition is pretty straightforward: “lavish spending on goods and services acquired mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth.”

1. Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some? Not all fashion blogs lean that way. I will say that there are a few that come across as bragging, and those have slowly fallen off of my reading list.

2. As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc…  No. I do however think we shouldn’t hide who we are. I am not someone who has a endless cash flow, and I don’t shop or blog like I do either. Take a look at The Scoop that I include with each outfit post, and you will see that I don’t own designer items. I shop at Target ladies and gents.

3. Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What’s your reaction to this? I don’t spend an outrageous amount on clothing. I re-wear things until they either don’t fit anymore, or have basically been worn to death. The cost per wear of most of my items is very low.

Also, I do give to worthwhile causes. I do believe in tithing 10% of my income to my church. I also believe that donating time is just as important as donating money. Donating time is one thing I do a lot of.

4. Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products? No. It may be tempting, because, who wants to follow me if I wear the same things all of the time. That is where I challenge myself to wear different combinations, or find a new use for something. That keeps things interesting enough for me. Again, I try an be realistic. I don’t know anyone that can wear things once, and then forget about them.

5. Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about? My family is very important to me. I also love expressing myself through dance or choreography and neither of those can be bought.


Questions are from Modly Chic and her wonderful idea of Friend Friday!

 
1. How do you define jealousy? Wanting something or someone that someone else has.

2. When do you find you experience a bit of blogger jealousy? When I run across a piece of clothing that I know I there is no way in hell I can afford, but I REALLY REALLY want it.

3. What types of blogs or which bloggers are you a little jealous of? I’m a little jealous of bloggers that have sponsors. I know it takes awhile to get to that level, but who wouldn’t want someone to send them things to review.

4. From the time we’re little we are taught that jealousy is a bad thing, but it can also inspire us to be better. Have you changed the way you do things, the content of your blog, etc… as a result of what someone else is doing? I can’t really answer this one. I’m just starting out in the style blogging world, and I’m just trying to find my stride.

5. What is the best way to overcome jealousy in the blogosphere and in life? I think the best way to overcome jealousy is to find something about yourself that you can are truly proud of.

For me I’m really proud of my dancing. When I’m in a funk, because, I’m really  jealous of something I take them time to choreograph a new piece or combination. It gets my mind off of whatever was making me jealous.

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