This will be a gloves off, grimy and dirty fight. Everything goes and all's fair. Look away if you are the squeamish sort - we make no apologies :)
On The Red Corner We Have: Le Fashionable.
Our first contender, The Fashionables, are known for their acute sense of 'What's HOT', 'Whats IN', and 'What's TRENDY'. Don't even try to school a Fashionable on something you may have glanced through casually on the net, or worse yet, don't ever correct them or attempt to offer your 'ignorant' opinion - they will stab you repeatedly on the neck with their Christian Louboutin heels all the while admonishing you for your futile attempt at being fashionable. And that's if you are lucky.
A real, red-blooded Fashionable lives and breaths for the runway. I must emphasize on 'real' here. There's a whole army of Fashionable fakers out there. You know them.... the ones that spell Chanel as Channel... I won't even waste my time with the fakers, let's talk about the real deal. True blue Fashionables can instantly spot a Lanvin cocktail dress, a classic Balmain gown, or a modern and edgy Rick Owens marvel. They worship the genius Marc Jacobs and kiss their Alexander Mcqueen shrines every night with a glistening eye. This is not to say they don't pay attention to the up and comings! Au contraire, a Fashionable has a keen eye for new designers who are sure to be the next big thing.
Opulent Fashionables spend easily and without second thought to ensure that they are, at all times, adorned in only the latest and the freshest. Financially challenged Fashionables (who deserve equal admiration), will hunt down cheap knock-offs and achieve the very same look as though it were the real damn thing. This lifestyle demands passion, determination and ambition. I take my hat off to you feisty fashionistas.
On The Blue Corner We Have: Le Stylish.
This champion fighter has been both revered and scorned since the Romans (don't quote me) modeled the latest togas. The Stylish know how to WORK it. 'It' in this case could be anything; from their mothers polyester wrap dress from the late 80's to a stumbled upon Vivienne Westwood blouse. They do not consciously follow trends, but keep an eye out for what's new.
A 'Real' Stylish (hold on, I'll explain the real in a sec), knows how to bend and break conventional fashion rules. They can successfully pull off unique and startling combinations that flatter their bodies and their most importantly, their personalities. A fake Stylish is a painful thing to look at. In their notable efforts to look sui generis, they end up pulling off this 'Dirty-Clown-Meets-Hobo-Meth-Addict-esque look. My heart bleeds for them. Fakers tend to go OVERKILL all the time! They pile on accessories, layers and trends in to one outfit. They care little for flow, body movement or sensuality because they are so wrapped up in looking 'different'. A real Stylish is conscious of every element that they are wearing and are mindful of the harmony that is created. From the head to toe, they will balance out the seemingly odd couples of fashion and make them look simply stunning as one.
The Stylish make everything look timeless and effortless. They know exactly how to work the modern with the classic and how to blend the outrageous with the minimal. They never follow a trend simply because everyone else is; they dictate trends and set the pace for the rest to follow. For this lot, fashion is a plaything to enjoy, pull apart and set back together. They are a rare and precious breed.
If you have read all this up to this point, you will by now know that we have a clear bias for Le Stylish. Not that we have anything against Le Fashionables, we just know where we are placing our bets in this fight.
As always, these are the simple musings of two opinionated Kenyan women. Rest easy, we now present to you the opportunity to have your say.
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