nothing quite like a bit of a rant to usher us all into a new week. and yes, that was sarcasm. OK. so we've seen ankara take off in a staggering way in the last few years. everyone's wearing it with everything, pretty much, and a natural extension of that is that everyone's (and we really do mean everyone) starting a clothing line or scrunchie line or underwear line that incorporates ankara and frilly lace trimmings. it's part creativity, part opportunism, part madness. to top it off, there's very little out there that's inspiring & apparently everyone's (hooray sweeping generalizations) creative gene has suddenly been tickled awake & we're going to see more and more of these copycat clothing lines where the basic ethos is this:
I CAN MAKE AN ANKARA DRESS, TOO.
how's that for a mission statement?
anyway, we ranted here about how we're a little sick of how more mainstream names are hopping on the bandwagon and taking advantage of the trend AND charging stupid prices in the name of fashion. no offense intended. stupid was the first word that came to mind. well, here we go again, folks:
and get this! all these dresses were made of fabric sourced DIRECTLY from...wait for it...THE IVORY COAST! GAAAAAAASSSSSPPPPSSSS! how freakin' exotic. let's all breakdance in celebration, shall we?! okay, you can stop now. on to more pressing matters. you see this dress?
it's called the Femi. you know, to add to the ivory coastness of it all.
that's really about as much as we can take. oh, but there's MORE! we did some research and found this:
Kristi Paras, owner of New York vintage boutique Zachary's Smile, sent her team to Africa's Ivory Coast [quite like saying Asia's China. but better.] to gather as much locally-made woodblock print tribal fabric ['tribal' meaning...?] as they could find [oh my, how exhausting] for a series of highly original dresses, on sale at Anthropologie (and her downtown boutique) starting this week. "There is so much variety, so many fabrics, that there is very little chance someone will have the same dress as you," [using originality as a selling point is very...original] Paras says. "So much of what we already sell is one of a kind, so it's pretty cool to see someone like Anthropologie embracing that individuality."
oh, so now it's 'highly original' to make/sell $300 tube dresses with pockets (can't forget the pockets!) in 'african fabric'? OH. OKAY. well, if you're a lover of africa and a lover of exotic african print, why not start a fashion label that consists of generic run-of-the-mill dresses (with pockets, for originality), call them exotic names like 'femi' and 'sade', and sell them for $300 each? yes folks, that was an original idea.
okay, folks. we know we're not the only ones who are irritated by how you can see a dress online, copy and paste it into ankara fabric and somehow have an 'original' piece. no one's saying it's not cool that ankara is trendy. long live ankara. and that wasn't sarcasm. what's not cool is how EVERYONE'S building fashion 'empires' around the crazy and obsessive ankarization of everything, charging FAR too much for pieces that take very little thought and/or creativity, and feeding them to everyone else as 'original', innovative, and earth-shattering. what say you?
read makefetchhappen's post on this 'matter' here and feel free to go ahead and rant it out all over our comment box. apologies in advance if you start seeing ankara in your dreams :)
peace and liquorice,