As we know, the fashion week is buzzing in London at the moment. I wouldn’t say that I’m actively interested in fashion, but after discovering some video works that made me smile and finally realizing that one of their creators is Lithuanian Lina Plioplytė, which lives in New York, I decided that it will be a tasty bite for both me and you.
Fashion is an interesting, yet strange, creative field, standing between consumer society, lifestyle, personal status and creativity, conceptuality, and extraordinary expression. I can add immediately, that Oxford street in London frightens me — crowds of people with piles of all kinds of clothes in their hands,- it’s hard to understand what purpose does ten dresses and fife pairs of shoes of seven different colours have. I don’t like this side of fashion– mass consumption, waste, boring magazines copying each other, etc.
Though, there is another side of fashion– more subtle and interesting, sometimes unpredictable and surprising, for instance, Leigh Bowery whom I wrote about once before. Perhaps the fashion and dressing related with a strong personality and lifestyle, not copied and original is something that sometimes makes me focus on one or another human being in the street. Well, I should not be proud of starring at people, but sometimes it happens :)
Blogger Ari Seth Cohen from New York, hunts in the streets for older than forty years old individuals, that enrich their daily routine and tell their story using individual fashion and style. I can’t tell exactly why, but these interviews, presentations and pictures contain a certain charm. I would say this is a moment when fashion and self-expression oversteps that perfect cult of young, emphasized in our society.
These videos and pictures are worth watching for exotic, funny elements and sometimes it even makes you say — “I would definately like grandma like this!”. At the same time, they reveal pretty interesting social topics, like elderly people stereotype in today’s society, fashion target audience, market driven economy or just self-expression and creativity. It struck me, that all these elderly people, expressing their personalities through clothing and accessories, could even be called sort of subculture with own traditions, tendencies and general attitudes.
I rarely hear people optimistically stating, that every age creates its own charm and that self-expression doesn’t have to be limited by years, time or stereotypes. I think we should think about it more and hope that these videos will attract your eye as well. By the way, greetings to Lina Pilioplytė from Lithuania! It seems like she’s having a good time in New York, working on lovely video works.