Sometimes Fashion Baffles Me…

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It’s quite easy to write about fashion; talking about things that you’ve recently seen or bought; talking about someone who was wearing something noteworthy. But the thing that I really don’t get is runway fashion. Sometimes I look at the people who walk down the runway and think “who the hell dressed you?”. I mean, I understand that the the runway is for new designs and first glimpses of the new season’s look, but this? really?

scary run If you can tell me what THIS is supposed to signify or be the beginnings of then i’ll give you a shiny star shaped sticker. This is one of thousands of images that I could have pulled off the internet that just emphasises my confusion of runway fashion; if indeed you can actually call this fashion.

My point is, if you’re going to go to one of these fashion shows then why wouldn’t you showcase your actual stuff? This might just simply be me being a bit ignorant about the industry, but seriously what is the point in showcasing pieces that you’re not even going to sell. Someone please, comment and let me know!

I love fashion; I love finding new things and my recent ‘thing’ is collarless shirts. Apparently they’re an old breed that have- like many things – come full circle and are now right back in. But if I was a leading retail store or major high-class brand, and I had the idea of bringing these shirts back, I’d showcase them and maybe some other new things that i’d be selling that year instead of something like, oh I don’t know… this…

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Funny, I don’t recall finding this on the shelves of my local Topman.

The above photo is one of those which absolutely baffles me. Who sat down in this meeting and decided that what they were going to put on the runway was a jacket that looks like a pair of sleeves with a sleeveless concrete T-Shirt over the top and a pair of accordion trousers? And then who’s the person who sits in front of said atrocity and thinks “Hmmm, I might like to get something that looks like that”.

Even as i’m writing this post my mind is boggled by the idea. So i’m going to stop.

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Sport Fashion: Who does it better?

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Fashion in sport is a little…limited, for lack of a better word. It doesn’t ever really evolve and that’s a shame. But there are sports that seem to fit this limitation slightly better than others. Individual sports manage to look a little classier than team sports, for example. So I have here a short list of a mix of both individual and team sports so I can come to some kind of decision.

So let us begin, shall we…

Football

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I feel like I needed to get this one out of the way so I don’t have to spend too much time talking about it because I’m not the biggest football (Or in American English, soccer) fan in world and talking about it causes me to fall asleep.

They basically all wear the same thing.

Well that’s football covered. No I’m only kidding. But it’s true; they only really differ when it comes down to the pattern of the kit, nothing else ever really changes and it seems like this is it. Football fashion is a stagnant pool of unchanging boredom that makes fans believe they look like their favourite moron… I mean footballers outside of the stadium, which- and i’ve already put my foot down about this in a previous blog-is NOT the case.

There are however sport’s from which you can take the outfit and make it work for the outside world; which brings me neatly on to sport number two.

Golf

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  • Individual
  • Stylish
  • Often very contemporary
  • Example being the golfers Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter who dress with this style each time they play. (even though I don’t really like Mr Poulter as he is an egotistical show-off who wants everyone to know just how rich he is) But that’s not the point, he still dresses very well.
  • Very strict dress codes make a for a much more niche audience at events which in turn allows for a more enjoyable and relaxed day out.
  • Luxury, expensive sponsors

Golf is my sport; I’ve played since I was around eleven years old and I love it. I love watching it and playing it (both in real life and on the X Box). You soon realise, when playing golf, that there is an infinitely larger choice in clothing than football and this is a good thing. It allows for the sport’s fashion to evolve in a way that football never can. Rickie Fowler, for example, wears a snapback when he plays. Now my hostility towards snapbacks is no secret, but it does mean that he is modernising the way golfers dress; thereby opening the sport up to younger audiences who see it as ‘cool’; therefore the game opens itself up to wider demographics making it a more profitable sport, end of discussion.

 

Tennis

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  • More of a scope for different outfits due to it being a very individualistic sport.
  • Cleaner, more high-class sport than football, so basic kit simply looks much better.
  • Same idea as golf, the audience is just politer. You’ll never find a crowd at tennis calling the umpire a w***** or throwing flares on to the court, for example.

Tennis is an interesting one; I only ever really watch Wimbledon and that’s about it really. But again, that’s not the point. The point is that Tennis is an individualistic sport and so, like golf, the scope for a more individual style when it comes to the kit is much larger than say cricket or football. White is obviously a very popular colour in Tennis and that’s ok. Football has so many players on each team that if both sides wore white it would be slightly confusing. But Tennis can quite easily get away with it because the most players you’ll ever see on a tennis court (unless there is some very unorthodox form of the game somewhere in the world) is four. So Tennis is limited, but when each player wears a slightly differing shade of green down the sleeve or when a sponsor is different the kit changes quite drastically and GQ has a field day.

Cricket

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Hey, talking of fields (a game of cricket is played on a field, right?)

Cricket is one of the most popular games on the planet; it’s a team game, so it has something in common with football; but that’s where the similarities end. The trousers and jumpers-which do admittedly often look exactly the same-  would look just as good off the field as it does on it; unlike football, where a fan wearing a football kit walking down the street can only (in my eyes) be described as a chav…

Cricket is boring, the games can go on for decades, and the fans can get a little rowdy.  But unlike football, the fashion is very conservative, and I like that. I said that football’s style of kit has become stagnant and that it will never evolve and it’s the same case with cricket; yet I’m very ok with that as well. You see, cricket is a British institution and no British institution should ever change if its traditions (like breaking for tea and sandwiches at half time) are going to stick around. If they start pimping up the kits, who knows what other chaos could ensue! They might start having energy drinks and glucose pouches at half time instead; and that can never happen.

So there are some sports that can do fashion quite well; it’s just football is most definitely not one of them.

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Decisions, Decisions

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I haven’t posted much over the last month or so; and it isn’t because i’ve become lazy or stagnant, it’s because i’m still deciding what this blog is going to be. I think i’ve figured it out now; thanks to a little advice. Let me explain…

As a blogger you’re faced with two options; firstly, you can decide to blog about whatever comes to your mind, on whatever subject you feel like writing about and hope that people notice you; and secondly you can decide to focus your blog on one subject or theme and aim yourself at one demographic in the hope that that specific niche will accept you.

I need to find that piece, that idea and structure that will complete my blog puzzle.

Here’s a picture of an incomplete puzzle. You know, just in case you didn’t know what one looked like!

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I feel like neither of those choices necessarily defines me as a writer; and also, I don’t believe that your writing should be ruled by any strict guidelines just because that’s what ‘everyone else does’, same as anything else in life. So i’ve decided that the best thing for me to do with this blog-which will be the basis of my blog’s future format-is to combine the two ‘rules’ and create my own SUPER RULE! To have a light focus (i.e Fashion) and combine it with whatever I feel like writing about. I might, for example, want to write about current affairs and decide to weave fashion in to the mix; or I might simply want to write about current affairs. I don’t want the blog to become stagnant or for lack of a better word, boring. I want it to be in some ways, innovative. I want it to be free.

So this is the structure that i’ve chosen for ‘Danny’s Blog’. I will have fashion as my focus, something to which I can return to for any post I upload; but I do want to give the blog it’s own identity, and I feel the way to do this is to simply not go with what everyone else is doing. I don’t want to write about one thing, that’s not what i’m about. I want to write about EVERYTHING!

I thought that to be a successful blogger you had to have a focus, a specific niche that you directed to a specific type of demographic so as to gain recognition. But I realise now that the most important thing about a blog- in my mind – is that people enjoy your writing, and if that means directing my writing to a wider demographic, thereby (and I take this from ALL blogging ‘tip’ books) risking not having a strong and loyal follwowing, then so be it. I feel like now my blog has a purpose, and a direction to go in.

Plus, surely aiming my writing at a wider and more varied demographic just means that there’s more of a chance of gaining a larger audience, no?

Here’s me completing my blog puzzle, you know, just in case you were wondering what that might look like!

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Robin All The Talent

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In 1995 a film was released which would bring in to my life, one of the greatest actors I would ever witness. ‘Jumanji’ was a piece of on-screen genius and to a kid, like me, it would forever cement  in my mind that one of the funniest men on the planet was the incredibly talented Robin Williams. Now it’s well worth noting that, at this point in my brief existence, I didn’t know the name ‘Robin Williams’; but knew him instead as “that strange man” or ” that funny man”; and that’s alright by me. When you’re a child, you’re not influenced by names or fame or reputation; you’re moved simply by pure on-screen presence; something of which Mr Williams was most definitely not lacking.

When you watch films like ‘Jumanji’, ‘Jack’, ‘Hook’ or ‘Flubber’; you see-as a child- a fellow child, masquerading as a fully grown adult. You see a crazy man, jumping and making funny voices, pulling funny faces and talking to a piece of green jelly. This is of course, something Robin Williams did rather well. But don’t forget his other roles; serious, striking and powerful. My favourite of these is most definitely ‘Good Will Hunting’. I wont in any way describe the film; I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you; but take some time out of your day to watch it, because Williams’ acting is leaps and bounds beyond what most actors could pull out of any of their hats during their entire career.

Getting back to the reasons I loved this man growing up. One of which is that, quite simply, he was there while I was growing up. There aren’t many actors; in fact you could probably count them on one hand; who made the positive impact on my childhood quite like Robin Williams. It is-when I think about it-probably the reason i’m such the stubborn person I am today. He taught us kids that growing up (and no, this isn’t just a Peter Pan reference) was out-dated and frankly, boring. He taught us that nothing in life should be taken too seriously; unless of course that something is your flying car, or your real-life jungle board game.

I honestly don’t think that we will ever see an actor who in any way matches Robin Williams’ on-screen comedic presence; or who can compare to his adorable and loving nature; whilst still managing to be a serious and imposing hero at the same time. I might be wrong, but i’m pretty sure he was most certainly one of a kind, and future comedic actors had best be aware that they have got some seriously large shoes to fill.

When I first heard of Robin Williams’ passing, I couldn’t believe it, and I am still trying to come to terms with it. I’d lost a childhood and adulthood hero and i’ll be honest, it’s difficult to accept.

My point is, that Williams was an example of a life lived, not endured; and that is my entire life philosophy in four short words. To quote the man himself, ‘you’re only given one little spark of madness; you mustn’t lose it’.

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It was shocking and heart-breaking news for me to hear; but my thoughts go out to his wife and children during this tragic time.

 

RIP, Funny Man, you’ll be truly missed, but never forgotten.

 

Bangerang!