Fashion is a perplexing mental sport. Garments shapeshift with the individual’s interpretation; opinions change after designers’ explanation. Paradoxes fly up the wazoo. One can have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear; “The collection was hard…but also soft!” — a critic; thick knitwear is often shown for spring; swimwear is has been known to be shown for fall; color on the mouth is called “a lip,” and if we have two legs, then what the hell is a pant?
Nothing is ever as it seems.
If you abide by these rules then it makes total sense that no matter how immersed in the field you are, trends will be confusing. The less esoteric, the less they can be trusted because context only further complicates things. (Just think about the superfluous amount of information you provide when you lie.)
All of this to say that if you have no idea how to tell the difference between referential paraphernalia on the runway and its inspired equivalent in real life, you are not alone. You’re among scholars and friends alike who can’t always differentiate between Balenciaga and the bedroom slipper. Going out tops and shirts. Hotdogs and vacation legs.
Or in this case, fashion cowboys and real cowboys. How is anyone expected to know?
Maybe we’re not. “Fashion is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller almost said that.
So let’s strap on our chaps and tip our hats then click through this slideshow together. I’ll take my best guess first since I opened up this saloon, but feel free to throw your lasso into the comments section if you disagree. It’s the cowboy in me — I love a good duel.
And man, do I hate tumbleweeds.