the adventures of yoshi

on the lack of celebrity style…

Posted in Food for Thought by yoshi on February 14, 2011

i came across this blurb from ny mag’s the cut:

Daphne Guinness:

I really don’t understand the idea of a celebrity stylist. Is it a real job? I know there’s unemployment, but frankly the railways need to be fixed too. Elizabeth Taylor was never told what to wear or paid to carry a certain handbag. I was sort of out of the world for 15 years when I was married. And now that I’m back in it, there are all these new things. The power of the stylist is an entirely new concept to me.

now, while the majority of my friends are stylists to the stars, and rightfully so, i think the daphne has a point. however, i’m going to take another route to her comment and focus more on the fact that i truly believe that most celebrities, the majority of them, have NO style.

if you look at some actors/actresses when they were “nobody’s,” most, if not all of them were, plain and simple – probably wearing gap and abercrombie.

once these celebrities start raking in the cash, they’re now able to BUY style. maybe not their own style, but a style that was, in fact, given to them – perhaps even morphing their personalities to fit this new image (take what’s her name, taylor momsen for example).

celebrities like elizabeth taylor, sienna miller (i know i know, some of you hate her, but i love her), or even zoe kravitz – they don’t need a stylist because well, they have ownership of their outward appearance and you know that it comes natural to them… what they wear doesn’t define who they are.

i could go on and on and on, but i’ve already forgotten the rest of what i wanted to say, so i leave this as an open forum for you to share your comments lol.

OH! you can also read my rant about “fashionistas vs stylistas” (looks like i have a tendency to let my thoughts trail off bahahahhahaha! oops)

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  1. desi b. said, on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    I’m so happy you brought this up, because I agree with you 100%. I personally can’t stand the celebrities that are named ” fashion icons,” but what can you do, times aren;t like they use to be.

  2. jesika said, on February 15, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    i just read that diane kruger doesnt use a stylist, and she looks fucking fantastic.

  3. kayenarr said, on February 16, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    i love this blog and have never commented but i had to speak up on this one because i disagree with something you said. its true some celebrities have no style. but to say that is evidenced by what they looked like pre money is so off. its hard for people who have money (any money doesnt have to be a lot) to understand this but some people cant afford shopping and/or are in situations where they cant shop often (if ever). people always remark, you dont need money to have style. but you do need money to BUY CLOTHES!!! i haven’t bought any new clothes other than business clothes (that i need in order to get a job) in years! i dont have the money to do so. so that means every blue moon when i can purchase something, it has to be something that will last a long time, doesnt really have any color as to not fade and or become outdated and it has to be as plain as possible so i can where it to as many places as possible without being inappropriate. so my options are almost nonexistent. people would respond to this by saying investing (aka pay a little extra) in classic pieces that will last a long time. the thing is some peple never have extra. some people never have extra money and the rare times when they do its barely 30 dollars and they NEED to replace something like pants that dont fit anymore. not exactly many opportunities to flex my style. but that doesnt mean that i or someone else doesnt have any. they are just not as fortunate. also, style comes with age. the type of style a woman possesses is indicative of the kind of woman she has grown to be. key word is ‘woman’!! look at a picture of you from 10 years ago or a picture of you when you first graduated from college and werent making that much money (not to say that you werent adorable then cuz you are certainly adorable now) , im sure you would not want them to judge your level of style by that. another thing (and then ill stop) pre fame vs. celebrities now-clebrities life pre fame: school, fast food joints, the corner store, amusements parks… celebrity’s life now: industry parties, award shows, sponsor events, national/international TV!!! i love ysl (and plan to wear him someday) but where the hell am i wearing ysl to.

    dont mean to rant but i get this often from my friends who have the lifestyle where they can shop and i cant. and i hate when people remark that that somehow stems from a lack of style or interest in fashion cuz thats not the case.

    but yeah, love you yoshi!!!

    • yoshi said, on February 16, 2011 at 10:30 PM

      Hi!!! Thanks so much for the lengthy comment! i appreciate any and all feedback that you guys have to share with my thoughts.

      With that said, while I agree with you on a few of your points (how style is indicative of the woman you potentially grow up to be), we all try to grow gracefully and look it as well 🙂 but also, style doesn’t necessarily come with age – I remember being in kindergarten and taking my grandma’s blazer, rolled up the sleeves and decided to wear it as a dress – tightening it with a belt – to school! With age, yes, you become more aware of the “sense” of style around you, but I also think little kids can have just as much style as the best of them (in their own ways of course – but it’s stow nonetheless!) 🙂

      Now for the part about fashion and it being affordable. For me, growing up, I by no means had any disposable income at all to spend on clothes. My shopping consisted of going to our local goodwills with my parents and sister (before thrifting became a fashionable term!) and make do with stuff I’d find for 5 bucks or less. Since that was the case, girrrrrl I had to be as creative as possible! All the while hoping no one would notice my shit was 2nd hand and also hoping not to run into anyone I knew… So really, at the end of the day, I was able to pull raggedy garments I found and turn them into outfits I loved. I would also go through both my parents’ closets to see what I could pull together. I find that theist creative outfits I’ve ever put together were stemmed off the fact that I didn’t have any clean laundry, so i was forces to play with my clothes lol!

      I still shop at forever21 and hm and to this day I don’t own any high end items. Only thing I spent loot on were my sam Edelman boots 😡

      But yes, as of recent, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to buy better things, however, this still doesn’t mean I necessarily need to. The key is being creative with what you already own. I’m sure your closet is full of shit that you probably don’t realize you can wear differently! For instance taking one of your long/mid skirts and wearing it as a dress by pulling it up to your chest and throwing a belt on. Oh and layers! Layering your clothes will save your life! Lol!

      So I guess what I’m saying, is that you don’t need to own YSL’s or guccis or balenciagas to look like a million bucks, all you need is your imagination and the willingness to try new things with your current wardrobe.

      I hope this makes sense and Thanks again for the wonderful comment!


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