I’ve always had an interest in fashion. For as long as I can remember really, I’ve been fascinated by clothes and by how people dress and present themselves. Suppose I can blame mother for that influence. She was always a bit mad for clothes and some of her choices were crazily brilliant.
Growing up and through my late teens I guess I had the interest but not the means and just pretty much made do with what I had but from my early twenties my love for clothes grew from an interest in what I wear to almost pure obsession.
I don’t often make New Year’s resolutions because I never realistically stick to them. And besides, if you’re going to decide to do something, just do it. You don’t have to wait until January 1st every year to start something. But the exception to this was in January 2009 when I decided that 2009 was going to be “Fun With Fashion.” I consciously decided that I was going to have as much fun with what I wear as humanly possible. Throw all caution to the wind and just go for it. If it feels good, wear it and don’t give a damn what people think.
It was a thoroughly liberating year. I got to wear some crazy stuff, some not so crazy stuff and just generally had a great time while doing it. I explored options I wouldn’t have previously considered, I wasn’t afraid to give things a try and if I liked them, to try them again.
Following from that, this year’s not-a-New-Year’s-resolution-New-Year’s-resolution is to take that one step further. 2010 is “Fuck it, let’s go crazy!” And by that I don’t mean start wearing swan-inspired outfits like good ol’ Björk, I mean, let’s push it to the next level. Let’s keep going and see what happens. Hell, it’s only the end of February and already this year I’ve been spotted wearing a tea-cup, saucer and spoon hat, deer antlers and various masks. Not for day-to-day office wear or popping to Tesco mind you, but for the more theatrical aspect of nights out or DJ-ing. Though day wear has taken a turn towards the more fun aspects of dressing for a day job.
I’m brimming with ideas and I honestly think with positive influences of people like Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith and Daphne Guinness etc. constantly pushing the boundaries, I really believe that the more crazy ideas are becoming more accepted in the mainstream.
So here’s to 2010 and having more fun with what we wear. Wonder if Gareth Pugh would make me something?!