Fashion week and the recent influx of celebrity designers and fashion bloggers has me thinking about credibility and relevancy this week. Kanye West had a fashion show on a surprise date at Madison Square Garden and still garnered enough interest to fill the entire place, as well as scare “real” designers into rescheduling their own shows they had planned for months so that they didn’t have to compete with his show being on the same day. This got me wondering, who exactly in the world of fashion has the power to decide what is credible and worthy, how on Earth those people got all of that power, and why should any of us entrust them with the power to say what is and isn’t relevant.
As an artist, I’ve always operated with the philosophy that my work will speak for itself, and I am not creating something so that someone else (or the world, for that matter) will find it and me credible. I have never needed anyone’s acceptance to know that my work is valuable and in fact, I believe that if you are creating something in order to achieve credibility, your creation cannot truly be art. Only a creation born from the true representation of your soul is art, and if you are creating to gain credibility, your creation cannot be a true representation of your soul.
What does all of this have to do with fashion you may be asking? Well, operating D’clic and navigating the world of fashion from that artist point of view has created unique challenges and opportunities when considering this issue of credibility. The artist and creator in me does not need, nor create, for the purpose of gaining credibility; however, in the world of fashion, gaining credibility is basically required to be successful. That can be a hard pill to swallow for someone like me who knows that my designs are relevant simply because I created them from a true, artistic place. And I know they are cool!
But as a businessman, I must succumb to the confines of the fashion industry, and sometimes that means I must allow someone or something to give credibility to my designs in order to grow the brand. I balance this by knowing what my bottom line is and sticking to it, maintaining integrity in my designs by staying true to the D’clic brand, and knowing where there is room for flexibility and collaboration and being open to that. Balance is key.