Topic: Fashionista, Fashion Stylist and Fashion Designer


I have had a busy week at work.  The travelling and field work are always somthing I look forward to.  But this week..the cold was a no no.  But am glad today Friday the sun is out.  Yesterday was my husbands birthday and we celebrated it in style and with family.

Today i thought of talking about a few terms that we are using sooo often these days.
I understand that there are some peculiar diferences between 3 main terms I relate to: fashionista, fashion stylist and fashion designer..  :)

According to Urban Dictionary and some others vague definitions (I swear I tried to use a more reliable source), Fashionista is “a person devoted to fashion clothing, particularily unique or high fashion”. Some other definitions evoke some obsession or slavery to fashion. Some others name Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) as an original fashionista, some others say that a fashionista might be a fashion designer (or not).
On Fashion Stylist, I’ll quote a fashion stylist, via her Blog: “A fashion stylist is someone who selects clothing and accessories for a fashion advertisement or editorial. There are many different types of potential clients for a stylist. For example, a celebrity may hire a stylist to dress them for a red carpet event or for their private life. The job description varies widely as some stylists work on exclusive projects like music videos, acting as a costume designer to create one-of-a-kind looks for the star.”
On the other hand, says Alexandra, in the same blog post: “Fashion designers create clothing, and they may not necessarily be great stylists. They typically sketch the item or outfit, create the pattern, pick out the fabric and trimmings, sew the garment, and fit the garment to the individual. If the garment is mass-produced, there is someone who liaisons with the factory to make sure that each piece turns out as planned. The product of a designer is the actual garment.”

Which means, in short:
a fashionista loves- and buys services/products or promotes them;

a fashion stylist selects- and sells a service/product;

a fashion designer … well, designs and sells a product.

I’m not saying that one person can’t have it all – you gotta love clothing to design and to select them, right? – but a fashionista or a fashion stylists could not be prepared or have what it takes to be a fashion designer; and a fashion designers could be lawsy at styling. :)

So, when the subjectiveness of “talent” and “amazing” are compared objectively, maybe being only a fashionista or a fashion designer isn’t enough. I know I’m not a fashionista, in the sense of “loving “clothes and trends, and  I don’t always know how to put together 2 pieces of cloth for myself sometimes, either. But will that make me a not-so-good fashion designer?  At the same good at selecting clothes..recommending for friends or family..  I cant sew a garment yet..but i can sketch the item or outfit. I can pick out Chitenges but not all fabrics for a pattern.  Hmmm....yet am here on this blog showing you different styles, patterns you could have made with an eye for uniqueness.

Well lets objectivity decide. Meanwhile, maybe you can pick something up out of this journey!
What do you have to say??  Your comments keep me going.

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