Despite having done so since my tween years, my Father has never understood the meaning of my wearing skirts and dresses over pants – as it happens, he is still under the impression that Shine By Three is an online store. How’s the stock moving?
In September, a Russian streetstyle photographer asked me the same question on the Subway to Lincoln Centre in New York – is that, like, the new trend in Australia? How can you wear pants and a skirt there? It’s so hot. I explained that it’s my way of ensuring that I retain some degree of femininity. In the same way that Carrie is a shoes woman, I am not a dress woman (save the odd festivity and European Summer) – when I was 11, I wanted to be a CEO with a large circular office and wear a different coloured pantsuit every day. But, until I’m a cold hard bitch at 50, I’d still like to flounce a little frock flirtation without losing my comfort in dressing like a boy. Take this borderline 90s child ensemble for instance: without Camilla and Marc’s flared skirting brilliance, I would look like Buffy the Vampire Slayer; without the world’s best paneled leathers,
I’d feel like a fraud (translation: a Forever 21 catalogue girl for their ‘Girl Next Door’ Thanksgiving edit*). I’m not a girly girl.
How innovative, said the Russian streetstyle photographer.
Innovation in the present day is a throwaway nothing for sneaker press releases, refrigerator brochures, high school leavers’ speeches for doe-eyed kids with hopes of changing the world, the first employers who sledge-hammer them into nine-to-five data-entry productivity, and perhaps the odd Apple salesperson (though they seem to have it right – I keep buying their products). Innovation is reserved for that one guy per decade in the Silicon Valley, after which the rest of the world scrambles to ‘innovate’ in exactly the same way. It would seem that the more we’ve innovated, the less innovative we’ve become. Companies are lazy and the people who run them are just as hooked on instantaneous gratification as the next man stuck on level 39 of Candy Crush – it’s only natural that a copycat can claim innovation in a mission statement, and perhaps more so that the general public buy it. The media now has the power to make anybody a ‘genius’. Da Vinci would not approve.
innovation |ˌinəˈvā sh ən| noun. the action or process of innovating a new method, idea, product, etc.
That is not to say, however, that innovation is a social status only to be granted to multi-million dollar revenue streams (or billion dollar buy-outs, as the case may be), nor is it to say that I even embody any breed of innovation – I’m taking a very traditional route of tertiary education, air travel, culinary appreciation, and while I believed I was a creative and journalistic innovator in my first year of running this website, as it turns out, there were actually ‘fashion bloggers’ taking selfies on every corner, and I was just living under a rock.
So, this year, I resolve to think outside the damn box.
Starting with ways to get rid of the obscene quantity of festive cake in my fridge.
Help me out here.