Fashion Is Not a Cultural Vacuum

Friday, April 6, 2012

When people get too into fashion, they tend to forget that there's a whole world other than fashion. I've seen it. There are people who believe that they are "fashionable" and act like chronic pain in the butts. There are also people who are fashionable and still act like chronic pain in the butts. They forget that they live in a world that, despite their prevailing belief, manners matter more than what they wear. 

I recently checked out Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work, a self-help book. I'm not a fan of self-help books because I find that most of them have this annoying "You can do it, you know you can!" optimistic vibe. It doesn't suit well with me. 

Gunn's Golden Rules doesn't have any new advice, but it's the presentation that's different. Take, for example, Rule #2, "The World Owes... You Nothing". I would safely assume that everyone knows this, but how many people follow this? As Tim Gunn shows, not that many people do. He gives witty and hilarious (albeit, sometimes, extreme) examples of people who don't follow his rules. The stories make people want to change. Gunn tells a story about how Anna Wintour, the Editor-In-Chief of American Vogue. She was carried down five flights of stairs into her chauffeured car just because (wait for it...) she dislikes riding in an elevator with other people. Yep, the world definitely owes nobody, even Anna Wintour. 

Gunn's Golden Rules was quite entertaining. The stories weren't so much gossip, "Oh this happened to so-and-so", but rather so-and-so did this so you should really not follow in their footsteps. I got a laugh from many of the stories, and I wonder if I should watch Project Runway so I can get more Tom Gunn in my life?


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