Is Coco Chanel Right?
Written By: Jaenee Lee
Coco Chanel once said “that fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. It is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” In other words, fashion is not solely based on the physical clothing that we wear but is based on the different personalities and unique cultures that are embraced in each location.
New York fashion trends are what we, as NYU students, are mostly familiar with but are those trends also frequent here in London? What do we know about London? Being able to explore this beautiful place for the past two weeks have really shown me the differences of fashion and how it has diversified throughout the world.
You might be wondering why fashion is so important? Fashion is an element of showing your style and the way you want to express yourself. Fashion can send a message and might even speak to unpredictable people. Of course fashion is different to everyone but I strongly believe that it is a way for people to express who they are and show their style through the way that they dress and hold themselves.
The first thing I noticed about London is its rainy conditions and the frequent cold wind. This isn’t as different in comparison to New York City, but being from Los Angeles in Southern California, there was a major transition. In comparison to California which includes frequent hot beach weather, London differs drastically and the fashion trends that appear in each location are ultimately tied down to its weather. I noticed that London has trends that involve longer coats like trench coats that will keep Londoners warm throughout their day – always having an umbrella at hand and usually wearing leather or black boots. London, unlike the eccentric style that New York City encompasses or the bright bubbly style that SoCal might have, has a more business style.
Not only is the weather an essential part in carving each fashion style but the “vibe” that each location has is also vital to each particular style. It is the way that people want to be seen and how they want to hold themselves. A specific “vibe” seems to exist when there is a group of people, each with a personality and perhaps a mission. To reiterate, New York is seen to be more “modern” and perhaps a bit more “eccentric” and “spontaneous.” New York style can range from all different colors like red, yellow, and deep blues. London, on the other hand, might be a bit more simple and plain but regardless still very stylish.
I decided to come up with an outfit that is my representation of London Fashion. I chose to wear a long dark grey coat that I bought from a vintage thrift store in New York City, added black pants, a black turtleneck, and black booties. Since the trend in London is more dark and business-like, the outfit was dark and simple which is an addition to the rainy, cold vibe that London has.
So after just one location and one trend was paired and identified, we can conclude that Coco Chanel was right. Fashion is not just the colors and the baggy pants that we wear, but it is also in the sky and in each unique culture.