The most Maier will allow himself by way of retrospection is a review of the video of his tightly edited, perfectly polished 35-look Fall 2011 show—which clocks in at around seven minutes, though he would prefer four: “I like it pretty short and hopefully painless.” It doesn’t sound like the day of the show is painless for Maier, mainly, it seems, because he must halt the quest for perfection that governs every collection. “It’s the nightmare day because we can’t change anything anymore,” he says, picking up a paper napkin from under his water glass and folding it precisely into ever-smaller triangles. “You feel like you’ve fallen into an empty hole. All the efforts, the work … it’s over. And it’s concrete—that dress, that silhouette, those shoes. Now let’s move on.”
Relish gossip? Too bad. Dish this week was mostly of the manufactured kind, as in the pseudo tempest over the high-crown hat, pinstriped pants and weedy top coat John Galliano was photographed wearing on the street, misconstrued by some as a slight to the Hasidic community.
We all know that creativity comes from many sources, but we tend to forget that one of the strongest catalysts for new approaches is discontent with what is currently available — the divine discontent that makes a creator think: ‘This must change if it is to be part of the modern world and I can change it.’ Whether he is a Matisse or a Stravinsky, a genius creator seeks to alter our perceptions because he knows that his viewpoint has validity for us all.
It is this that has been lost in current day couture. An endogamous group of people, sated by the sense of their own importance — and fashion is the silliest and snobbiest of all the arts, let’s not forget — have stopped thinking radically and have become complacent, which is the worst thing that can happen to creativity anywhere.
Colin McDowell, Is Haute Couture Poised for Reinvention or Irrelevance?
Really good opinion piece on BoF today about couture’s relevance! Colin mentions couture as becoming one of fashion’s ‘greatest lost cause’ and I couldn’t agree more.