Off the Fashion grid / by Cinthia Contreras

As Paris Fashion Week takes over the French capital and the well-heeled run from show to show, certain Fashion folk watch on perplexed. Not because they don't get it or because they aren't interested, but because they have *gasp* decided to do their own thing. But why exactly do they want to break free of the approved Fashion line and operate off the Fashion grid?

Fashion Weeks are fun and brands put on a good show. However, those who choose to breakaway and do their own thing aren't interested in what they see as lots of peacocking that is increasingly less about the designs and more about courting attention. They want to concentrate on other things and are focused on producing pieces that are true to whichever path they have chosen. Indeed, being off the ‘official' Fashion grid means freedom and with freedom comes possibility.  

When it comes to Fashion, possibility is a wonderful thing. All those that are part of the system - classic houses, big renowned brands. Fashion Week staples - are conventional, no matter how hard they try to be ‘different’ (sometimes with disastrous/ embarrassing results).  That is why brands that stay off the official grid are just as interesting and far more exciting than conventional ones - even if they don't make it within ten miles of a Fashion Week. And in truth, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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