In The Words Of: The Financial Times

This article is about "How To Spend It" - the luxury section of The Financial Times. This quote is too funny, yet so true:

Yet while it reinforces the rich’s sense of entitlement – their sense that the world is their playground – How to Spend It also serves to remind them that they frequently lack taste. With striking bluntness, the magazine’s name says as much. “Compared with the truly fashionable, who are often less well-off, and have acquired their edge by having to choose between products,” says a prominent British writer on class and style, “seriously rich people are often ever so slightly behind the beat.” - Andy Beckett, The Guardian

In The Words Of: Olivier Zahm

As someone who works heavily in print media, I love hearing publishers and editors talk about what makes magazines relevant still. This is one of the best quotes I've read recently:

"For me, the Internet is the opposite of memory; the Internet is amnesia, it’s about today and tomorrow is another day. Printed issues are about recording time, leaving a trace and making it relevant. - Olivier Zahm, WWD

In The Words Of: Vanessa Friedman

"...if we turn away from the luxury and fashion industries at a time like this because they are not “serious,” then we contribute to the goals of those who attacked France. When the terrorists opened fire on restaurants and nightclubs, they were not simply sowing fear. They were assaulting a certain kind of lifestyle, one that values conversation, self-expression, art and beauty, of which fashion is a part. To embrace those values is, now, a political statement." - Vanessa Friedman, New York Times

Industry Issues: Fashion & Music Subcultures

I was interested to come across an article by Tish Weinstock on about the role music subcultures have played in forming youth identity, including dress codes. In it, Weinstock points out that music used to have a huge influence over what tribe one decided to become a part of (Ska, Punk, Goth, etc.) and how you dressed. But technology has changed things; now all kinds of music are easily available (great), as well as acceptable (not so great), which means nothing is underground or subversive anymore.

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