In the first photo, Natasha Poly is wearing insane heels while working out. No one does this. In the second photo, Iris van Berne looks breathtaking in the dress with the cracked out hair. Oh, but wait, something else is going on. She's eating a Big Mac. While dressed to the nines. Does this happen in real life? Of course, it very well could, and I could be completely oblivious to it. But, I highly doubt that's the case. (Why does she have to be eating McDonald's of all fast food chains? People equate McDonald's with obesity, right? I feel like she's rubbing it in my face that she can eat high calorie food and remain the type of skinny that is considered "beautiful.")
Another example of this annoying disconnect is the famous 14 year old blogger, Tavi Gevinson, of style rookie fame. I'm not knocking her; she seems like the sweetest, most genuine person in the business. Recently, she has acquired an agent because her parents were tired of taking her to fashion shows and such. Her recent post says, among other things, "Thanks for the lovely night, dudes! Real talk with awesome people is just what you need during the middle of Fashion Week." A 14 year old is covering fashion week. Perhaps I'm merely jealous, but something is off about a 14 year old attending fashion week. She's a great writer, so I almost wish she'd just go off and write a novel - something as groundbreaking as Catcher in the Rye (I think she could do it, too). I don't want the fashion industry to scoop her up in its glamorous arms, show her love, and then throw her in the dumpster for the garbage machine to crunch and eat her up.
I suppose I'm wondering if fashion does indeed have a place in reality. Can a person be involved in the fashion world and still be grounded? Can a "normal" person wear Yves Saint Laurent and Prada and Balenciaga and Zac Posen and Alexander Wang and Chanel and Lavin and Louis Vuitton etc. etc. and remain connected to reality? I once knew a girl who threw on her Burberry trench, grabbed her Zac Posen bag, and went shopping at Marc Jacobs the night before her midterms. I don't understand.
(Both photos via fashiongonerogue.com)