I am, in general, in favor of fun. Pro-fun, if you will. I like ice cream and puppies and most things that are generally considered fun. I do well at parties. What I’m getting bored with, though, is fun fashion. When I see bags like the Moschino one above, I suddenly feel very tired.
The thing about fun is it just has to happen; it can’t be constructed. This is why so many people end up underwhelmed on New Year’s Eve: telling yourself you’re going to go out and have as much fun as possible virtually guarantees you won’t come anywhere near that goal because you’ll be too self-conscious and worried about what you might be missing out on. As we open 2016, novelty bags (and novelty fashion in general) have reached the point of those bad NYE parties; they’re so cripplingly self-aware of the fun they’re trying to have that they end up not being any fun at all.
I haven’t arrived at this opinion without internal conflict. In general, I’m opposed to traditional fashion rules on principle and in favor of people wearing and carrying things that make them feel the most like themselves, even if they’re things I personally find revolting on an aesthetic level. As I write this, I’m sitting in the PurseBlog office wearing a leopard faux fur coat, both because it’s cold in here and because the coat, in all its ridiculousness, is the most glorious thing I currently own. I have purple hair. My philosophy is resolutely “do you.”
Except, like, can we not do this anymore? Moschino is likely the worst offender when it comes to purveying this type of pre-packaged forced fun for fashion audiences, but it’s hardly the only brand in the game right now. In fact, it seems like most designers have taken a swipe at this particular sort of low-hanging fruit. There’s a way to be novel and playful without wading into gimmickry, though, and there’s nothing luxurious about charging a lot of money for something that looks cheap for the sake of a joke. Here’s hoping fashion finds a way to stay on the right side of the line in 2016; after all, isn’t that what we’re paying all this money for?
If you disagree and just hopped in here to find out about the bag up top, it can be yours for $995 via Saks.
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