BUILDING YOUR OWN TABLE
This thought came to my mind and I had to write about it. So many times, the INDEPENDENT FASHION INDUSTRY speaks about being INCLUDED in the main stream, my question is WHY…. WHY keep knocking on the door that is slammed in your face?
WHY NOT CREATE YOUR OWN?
Most people that know me, know, I’m not one to follow trends, I MAKE TRENDS, in other words, I march to my own DRUM. If I believe in something, nothing can deter me, I will work my fingers to the bone to bring that dream to reality.
Why is it that we want to be INVITED to the table instead of BUILDING OUR OWN TABLE?
I take my hat off to Tyler Perry for building his own studios and employing actors/actresses that have not had screen time in a while. For keeping his own dream alive, when he used to sleep in his car. I look up to artists that sell music out of their cars or by pass the record companies and release their music on line. I applaud SuperModels Naomi, Iman and Billie for taking a STAND on independent fashion industry talent being included, but again, instead of begging to be INCLUDED, they have the POWER to CREATE something for the INDEPENDENT FASHION INDUSTRY.
I am asking the ENTIRE INDEPENDENT FASHION INDUSTRY to THINK of what we could accomplish if we worked together for just ONE BIG SHOW. The “MAIN STREAM” would recognize what talent and spending power we really have. If each Producer, Designer, Stylists etc. could SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE and invest their time or money (put your money where your mouth is) to ONE BIG PRODUCTION and we invite MASSIVE MAIN STREAM PRESS, they would finally show the INDEPENDENT FASHION INDUSTRY, RESPECT. We could present Models of all Sizes, Heights, Weights and AGES (yes, mature people have money to buy garments too). All type of designers from Ready to Wear to COUTURE (they say American has no Couture Designers, except Ralph Rucci).
Sometimes you have to SHOW THEM, BETTER THAN YOU CAN TELL THEM – PERFECT EXAMPLE, The Battle of Versailles Fashion Show was a historical fashion show held on November 28, 1973, in the Palace of Versailles to raise money for its restoration. Created by Eleanor Lambert (who created Fashion Week) and Versailles curator Gerald Van der Kemp, the show pitted French designers against American designers. THE AMERICANS WON!!!! THEY WERE THE UNDERDOGS!!!! THEY WERE US, THE INDEPENDENTS!!!!! (you can watch the video on YouTube)
Most of us have a NETWORK of people we contact when we do our shows, imagine if each of us tapped those people and asked for sponsorship? If everyone just had 3 people to contact and we work as a ONE FORCE, we could get a amazing location to hold a FREE TO THE PUBLIC SHOW and have a MASSIVE PRESS/MEDIA/CROWD (some of us have a massive crowd by ourselves, imagine if we worked as a group, the line would be unbelievable). Even if you cannot get someone to sponsor, let’s stop WAITING for someone to throw us a life line and INVEST OUR OWN MONEY, we do it anyway when we produce our fashion week shows.
IMAGINE OUR OWN – MET GALA, FASHION OSCARS, FASHION WEEK and more
The goal would be to show our independent fashion industry talent, designers, models, stylists, hmua, etc., to the sponsors, media, press, to let them see our POWER. It would also shed light on independent fashion designers and may expand their brands with new clients.
I believe if we start, EVERYONE will want to support us. There is more that needs to be done than just saying “YEAHHHHH let’s do this”, planning, who does what and numerous other questions. But if we work as one unit and understand the GOALS of what we are doing and can put any EGOs aside, we can make this work.
If there is ANYONE OUT THERE that can see the STRENGTH in this, feel free to contact me directly at SDavis@FashionAvenueNews.com
STOP WAITING TO BE INVITED TO THE TABLE AND LET’S BUILD OUR OWN TABLE!!!!!
P.S. I hope you can see the benefit in this, if not, I will continue to build…………… BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY……..A CHANGE IS GOING TO COME……………………
There are currently no Americans on the couture week schedule; the last American designer to officially show couture was Ralph Rucci in 2009. Before him, you have to reach back even further–over 60 years–to get to Mainbocher, who rose to prominence in the 1930s.