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FASHION’S BEST LOOK
IS FROM THE MIND OF ROBIN GIVHAN

We have a love/hate relationship with fashion. We love the creativity, the idea of changing your attitude by busting out a new look and the way it allows us to express ourselves. But the crazy 00 sample sizes and precious groupspeak? Yuck. I mean, if designers were THAT good, couldn’t they could make clothes that flatter on any body? And as far as the fashion peeps go, if everything that is allegedly “having a moment” or if people were truly “obsessed” over everything they claim, then wouldn’t they all just combust with fatigue?

BUT, even with these not-so-chic qualities, there is a lot of intelligence in the fashion world, and a big beacon of those smarts is Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan, who gives social and cultural context to fashion in her writing. Even after watching a bore of a fashion show in which a designer shows a collection that doesn’t spark any excitement in you whatsoever, a review of Ms. Givhan’s take will illuminate clues about our culture that make it all relevant and interesting.

For New York Fashion Week this past week, Ms. Givhan has written some particularly illuminating commentary for The Cut, by putting Tom Browne’s deranged, joker-faced models in context, and penning an amazing piece on the power of the physically strong female that broke through Jason Wu’s ladylike designs.

Even if you’re not into the clothes, the models, the makeup and the nails, Ms. Givhan’s NYFW coverage serves as an inspiring reading list that evokes feminism and strength in her readers, all while framing the zeitgeist through the eyes of incredibly talented artists. And although we’ll continue to poo poo the flippant usage of the word in fashion circles, we just can’t help but saying: when it comes to Givhan’s coverage, we’re obsessed.

ROBIN GIVHAN'S FORTHCOMING BOOK IS ON THE BATTLE OF VERSAILLES.
MORE OF ROBIN GIVHAN'S WRITING CAN BE FOUND HERE and HERE.
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