I was browsing through a recent issue of a popular womens’ magazine when I came to a page about the most current fashion trends. Trends were categorized as what’s in, what’s out, and what’s almost out. Floral is in, military is out, structured suits are on their way out. The page continued with list upon list of what to buy and what to throw out or donate. And I thought to myself, “What a waste of fashion.” How can the products of such a rigorous, creative process become so quickly dispensable? Black and white, technicolor, knits, khaki, short skirts, sheer shirts, mixed prints, matched prints, all on a spinning wheel that spews out what’s trending, only to be thrown back into the mix and revived seasons later. We will always look forward to new, wonderful innovations that fuel the spirit of fashion and its designers. Yet even those innovations are often so quickly assumed as momentary.
Reminiscing on our most beloved fashion icons throughout time, I can’t recall a single one that was deemed, “trendy.” Rather, they were independent and transcended the focus from what they were wearing to how they were wearing it, which was confidently and beautifully. They were timeless. Needless to say, as Sundown United’s fashion blogger, I will not dictate what you should or shouldn’t be wearing. I can only hope your closet is as mine, an eclectic treasure chest filled with items new and old, cherished for their worth and artistic beauty rather than current appeal.
It was a difficult decision choosing the topic of my very first fashion article. Fashion inspiration can be driven by any aspect of life; your mother or father’s wardrobe, pop culture, your profession, your residency, photography, world travels. For me, I’ve always been infatuated with cinema and its finest players. Nothing has transfixed my eye more than watching beautiful film sirens float back and forth across the big screen. And no sirens have been more visually intoxicating as the women in the films of China’s most beloved director, Wong Kar-Wai. (continued below picture)
The world of Wong Kar-Wai is alive with vivid colors, lush soundtracks, and characters haunted by distance and isolation. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Kar-Wai’s standout actor in many of his films, is portrayed as a modern Humphrey Bogart, tough without a gun but equipped with an undeniable charm that drives his lovers into maddening lust. Though the women tend to play the victims, they are the most engrossing of all—restless, romantic, vulnerable. However, you could never guess their fragility through their clothes. They sedate their men with sophistication and allure, dressed in silk fabrics, decadent prints, and a fit that draws forces the eye along the curve.
Never seen a Kar-Wai film? Here are clips to some of his memorable scenes.