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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Spring Fashion -- March 25, 1993

True fashion is reserved only for the boldest among us

SPRINQ FASHION 199$

IN - Strips, Waorian dmdyweai,
subtle pattern mixing, early '80s
revisionism, Psychedelic love wear.
OUT - Sideburns, rave wear, Doc
Martens bold colors, grunge,
conspicuous name brands.
Nab, too easy. And more
importantly, it's all wrong. Fashion is
not about bowing before tyrannical
style gods. It's not about slavishly
following "in" and "out" lists
graciously provided by editors of
glossy magazines. It's not about
paying extortionist rates for;
mannequin-ready, trend-by-numbers,.
assembly-line street chic at clothing

supermarkets (that's severely dated
by the time it hits the racks). It's
definitely not about what Madonna
(yawn) is wearing this week.
Especially since she's probably
getting her cues from someone that's
paid togo out and findtherealdeal so
she can rip it off and dilute it for the
masses.
No, it's not even about people like
Marc Jacobs' (the brain-child behind
Perry Ellis) tongue-in-cheek "high-
fashion" take on grunge - When it
comes to paying $350 for a nappy
flannel shirt, I just don't get the joke.
Fashion, real fashion, is about

taking risks. It's about those fearless
few that dare to step outside of the
tried and true, the ones who ignore the
rules laid down by the fashion police.
It's about resale shops, Meijer's
Thrifty Acres, sporting goods stores,
costume shops even. The daring
domos that fly in the face of
convention,get laughed at, and kick a
look that in six months or ayear later
we'll all be breaking down the doors
of Urban Outfitters to get our grubby
little paws on. Of course, at that point
the ones that made it happen have
already moved on to something new.
This probably sounds pretentious

and over-glamorized, but so be it. The
Jean-Paul Gaultiers and Moschinos of
the world have to shock us with
complete over the top outrageousness
just to get us to wake up and take
notice.
Designers like Gaultier have also
made a mark on fashion by utilizing
what may have once been considered
a flaw into an asset. Feel like your
nose is too big? Throw a huge gold
hoop in their and flaunt it, baby. Take
what ya got and work it, as Ru~aul
would say.
Nothing's sexier or more attractive
than a suit of self-confidence. It's

even more effective than one of those
tight little black numbers by Azzedine
Alaia (even though that wouldn't
hurt).
Hopefully, we've come pretty
close to achieving a little bit of that
form of expression. Creating moods,
using the right models, and kicking a
fresh vibe was just as important as the
clothing we chose. Mixing mediums
and messages (however subtle or
apparent) to create something fun to
look at was also a high priority. We
feel that we definitely pulled that one
off.
Enjoy.

EDITORS:
Sharon Musher
PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Anastasia Banickl
Susan isaak
Rebecca Margolis
Sharon Musher
Molly Stevens
WRITERS:
Ophira Edut

Scott Strin
Michelle Guy
Heather Lowman
Peter Matthews
Evan Petrie
Scott Sterling

PRODUCTION:
Andrew Levy
COVER PHOTO:
Photographer: Michelle Guy
Models (clockwise from top left):
Ken Bartlett, Whitney Allen, Josh
Rhodes, Jean Chiang, Steve O'Berskl,
Julica Hermann

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