So, we’re not exactly a political blog as in at all – we’re a fashion blog – but fashion is about making a standpoint that you believe in, and so is being a cool human being. We had to comment on the one thing that is on our mind today; the US election. We don’t consider ourselves to be experts in American politics, and therefore perhaps our voice is not even important, but we do consider ourselves to have certain values that we believe in, and human traits that we approve of and admire.
Let’s start with the human traits; I really admire, when people work hard, have a proven track record/CV, know what they’re talking about, have familiarised themselves with cases they comment on, speak well of others, and have a positive outlook on the future and believe in being able to better things. This is the type of person, I would love to be friends with and hire to work with. It’s also the type of person I would go to great lengths to help, as the world needs inspirational leaders. As a fashion professional and tutor, it’s what I try to inspire my students to be, as in fashion there’s no alternative to hard work, and it’s more likely that you will land a job in an open design studio with a positive attitude than a negative. As a future mother, it’s what I will do my best to teach my kid. Needless to say, it’s also what I strive for to be myself every day of my life.
In terms of values, each trait can be translated into a value e.g. hardworking = responsibility (could also be ambition and a range of others, but hallelujah also for those characteristics), speaking well of others = empathy and respect and so on.
Looking on from Europe, one tends to wonder the complexities of the US. They were and are far greater than we had imagined, and I can rightly speak for others than myself here. Overall, we’re collectively truly amazed. The complexities are an altogether different discussion, and it’s not the purpose of this post, so let’s leave it to that.
Some time ago, we published a blog post about Fashionable Feminism (read it here), and it was essentially about two things; how we shouldn’t forget the original message of acknowledging what women can do and in equal terms to men, and also how it’s being re-interpreted in a cool language appealing to the young generation (yes, we know the word Feminism does sound a bit 70s in an unflattering way, we totally agree). When I look at Hilary, I see a really talented woman, and I admire that. I feel the same way, when I look at Beyonce, Stella McCartney and Sheryl Sandberg, and thankfully there are many, many more.
In the fashion industry, there are an insane amount of talented men, whose quality of work is unquestionable. The same thing can be said about a lot of women, though, and I’m sure, the fashion industry in this case is just like any other industry. The point that I’m trying to make is therefore not that women’s contribution outweighs men’s. I’m only saying that today, Hillary Clinton, I’m with you.