Thursday, December 26, 2013

Designer Of The Day - Ziad Ghanem - Pre Fall '14

A major weakness in American fashion today is the lack of the fantastical and experimental. When you design clothes solely to sell you get dull clothes. American fashion has for the most part lost it's willingness to risk rejection. "You're not supposed to give people what they want, you're supposed to give them what they don't know that they want yet" correctly opined Diana Vreeland only a few decades ago, yet that approach has been chained in a basement for what seems like an eternity. There can be no doubt that we have the talent, what is needed now is for them to either collectively raise their middle fingers to the powers that be. Or for those powers to admit that the efficient profit focused structure they've created is in fact a prison. Ziad Ghanem is a young talented British designer who is a crowd and editor favorite. We have his equals in America we need to let what he does happen here. I acknowledge that their are designers in America who do cut loose with fearless flights of fancy season after season. But it is only when they are celebrated by the Conde Nasts and Fairchilds of the world as much as the dullard copy cats who are "top American designers" these days that we can proudly take our place again on the world stage. 

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