Flights of Fancy

Since I started working as a freelance associate fashion editor and styling assistant, I’ve learned to embrace what at first glance might seem weird, ugly or ridiculous to most people as simply awesome. Take, for example, this web movie by British photographer Nick Knight, who’s known in the fashion world for his experimental and sometimes acid-trippy vision. When I first saw this video last year, initially, I thought, WTF? (And I’m sure you will, too.) But in the end, I thought it was just too cool.

Too often, people deride fashion as being frivolous, excessive and pretentious–and yes, it can be so. But moments like these show that fashion can also be a lot of fun. It’s not just about the conceptual clothes, which were culled from past couture collections by such way-out-there designers as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen, who are pretty amazing in their ability to push the aesthetic envelope. It’s not about whether these clothes could ever be wearable on the street (although I would LOVE to put on that Q-Tip dress and walk around the city, just to get a rise out of people). In the end, it’s looking at fashion in a fun, provocative way while putting a smile on your face–and letting your imagination fly.

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