"Outta sight..oh my god.!! this is so fad!",one of the ways our zealous teenagers would react on seeing something very cool.
"Oh god.. you did not just buy that.. its such a fad", one very over patriotic fashion critic presents her comment.
You see funny thing is, not all of us know what fad really is. I made an attempt to ask a few people because i,myself was one of the unfortunate lot not to "really know" what fad really meant. I have some interesting answers here-
Answer # 1: Ohhh it means radical.
P.S : um. yes.
Answer # 2: Isnt that some kind of a drug?
P.S : Yes. You wish.
Answer # 3: I guess it has something to do with obesity.
P.S : ok the term you are looking for is called spell check.
Answer # 4: Oh is that the new Brad Pitt movie i missed?
P.S : no, the movie you missed was, "Broaden thy horizon".
Answer # 5: Can you please spell that for me?
P.S : errr.. yes the toughest 3 letter word to be spelled.
So for the love of god, i decided to take the initiative and educate the naive section of the society about what fad really is. At least i tried to.
Fads are something that is embraced very enthusiastically for a short time, especially by many people. This is the most technically correct definition i have seen considering the not-so-unforgettable answers i received from people who's names i choose not to disclose for PR purpose.
Coming back to fads, some of the fashion revolutions (we should say) we have witnessed in the past decade has been remarkable.
The term fashion actually got its rightful place, due to the very influential Charles Frederick Worth.
Let me brief you about some fads, Ones which i remember, flower power, goth, punk etc are some which just struck me. A very interesting article came to my notice, which i would love to share with you fellow fashion victims.
Very descriptive and easy to imagine-
Traipsing down the street in her tomato-red Converse All-Stars, she stops on the side of the road to check her appearance in the record and tape store window. With the ends of her tapered whitewashed jeans expertly tucked into the rolls of her bright orange socks, she tightens her ponytail. She forgot to crimp her hair this morning. Her hair sprouting directly out of the left side of her head, she ties the hem of her shirt into a knot and continues on her way to school. Innocent bystanders can't help but ask, who is this girl?
She's an '80s runaway, a pathetic display undiscovered by the fashion police.
Ever since magazines made fashion trends a worldwide craze, both awful and decent clothes have hit stores in bulk. Whoever coined the phrase "you can't get enough of a good thing" was obviously oblivious to the entire bell bottom phase.
Bellbottoms were a revolution in pants when they first came out. They were still selling in mass after three years. The fact that anyone was paying money for them ten years later is a tragedy, and worthwhile only in the sense that families become closer by looking at pictures of relatives in them and laughing together. They've come back in a much more subdued style called the "flare", but thankfully, they're only sold for women. I think.
The flower power was prolly the most overly colorful fad fashionkind must have witnessed. I mean people wore floral tees, lowers and flowers were everywhere on their body sometimes ridiculous enough to make you want to wear shades to avoid the UV radiation damage. On the other hand, no matter what people say, floral tees are still worn by a huge section of the society.
Ridiculous shirts and pants can only be complemented by even worse shoes. Take platforms, for example.
I see no legitimate use for them unless you're a little short of the height requirement for rides at amusement parks.
Talking about the grunge look of the mid 90s,everybody wore baggy pants flashing their fancy inners with baggy shirts and equality took a new stand when men and women looked the same. The skater punk look, well , successfully made the Kurt Cobain tee famous which every darn teenager prolly has in his wardrobe.
Whats truly fascinating about the fashion industry is that as trends go on, they decide the next trend would be a total opposite.If the first one was a flop, the archenemy is bound to be a flop as well, at least to those looking back.
The '90s are a perfect example.
What's worse is that one can't help but be swayed by apparel of actors and actresses in the movies, even though they tend to poke fun at fashion rather than try to promote it. Talking about movies, there have been some fantastic moments in movies too. For example, the movie clueless is like every girl's dream come true
or the more recent Devil wears Prada. Come on, who doesn't want to be that Bitch who wears Cat-woman shades and says " I am the Boss" with a sneer.
Fashion faux pas are a very important part n parcel in the fashion world, i mean who wouldnt want to see people sporting flurocent tank tops with extra patched jeans with every possible embellishment done??
Keeping all this in mind, i have drawn one important conclusion, fashion leaders would be nothing without the fashion victim's worse species, i call them the "fashion Faux pas leaders".
Fads also comprise of the slangs you use, i mean today you see 9 graders sporting language like, "Man that is whack"-famously quoted by Joey in Friends and brilliantly shown how stupid it really looks.
I could go on about fads and flop trends. Idea is to be aware of what you're really picking up from what you see. I could become African-American in my lingo and a rotten goth star in my style but that would just mean i would have to get myself arrested for visual abuse.
Lets face it, every woman deep down wants to be that Fashion bitch.
My take: Keep it understated yet classy!