the big takeaway from normcore should be that fashion is no longer telling of identity, i.e. what you look like is not who you are or what you do (ur core), e.g. you can be the most radical creative & look like a suburban soccer dad (like jamie bell in nympho), you can be a billionaire CEO & look like a college freshman, you can dress like a punk w/out leading a punk lifestyle, etc. etc.
i think this is because of a lot of things, incl. a) all subcultural looks are acceptable mainstream propositions now (there are wall st guys covered in tattoos partying at the jane on the weekend, like ew but also whatever); b) our society is So Spectacular & Performative: we see everyday how anything can be put on & taken off (e.g. Miley’s makeover) & that has worn away at precious claims to “authenticity” (performativity replacing authenticity); c) we don’t need our clothes to speak for us because now we have avatars, our social media selves, coming before (like, hey gurl, i know you from that smart comment on that fbook thread about lonely girl so that’s why i’m going to come up to talk to you at this party, not because of your cool highgloss ma-1 flight jacket, tho that Is Cool).
in conclusion, it’s about divorcing the [modifier] from the CORE, so hardcore, softcore, politicore, normcore, what-ever. all i care about it whether your core is GOOD. actions & intentions matter more than what’s on your body (still, i love clothes, doi, have for as long as i can remember, consider it part of my core).
P.S. ALSO IDEAS ABOUT TIME & SPACE & MONEY ARE SUPER PERTINENT to normcore but we can talk about that IRL sometime bc rn i have soooo much work to do so that i can pay my rent, debts, & bills.
Change of clothes for the afternoon shows at #LFW. Jumpsuit by Sass & Bide, heels by Versace.
Illustration by Colin Tierney
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