My friend Nancy and I were spending an afternoon strolling around SoHo and Nolita, and we spied these flyers posted on a wall. The quote “Shop Less, Think More” is credited to Vivienne Westwood, and the more densely written blue flyer lists a few fashion-related affirmations:
I’m a big believer in the power and significance of dress, and at the same time I’m resistant to most trends and dictates. I don’t really care that metal studs, or the color orange, or gladiator sandals, or studded orange gladiator sandals, are “must-haves” at any given moment. I won’t be wearing any of these trends, because I already know my own taste and I understand what will work for me and for my life. (But will I buy another black dress, or another rose-tinted lipstick? You can bet on it.)
Now that I’ve checked, it turns out that these flyers are guerilla ads for the book Fashion Manifesto: The Guide for the Style Savvy by Sofia Hedstrӧm and Anna Schori. I haven’t seen this book yet, but I’m curious.
Update: Fashion Manifesto is now available online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Strand Books. If you’ve already read it, let us know what you think!
Images: photos by Tinsel Creation.
8 thoughts on “On the Street: Fashion Manifesto”
I wnder if Viv knows they’ve co-opted her words for advertising.
She’s written the foreword to the book, so she seems to be a willing participant! and she’s certainly a woman who sticks to her signature style.
I wonder if I know how to spell anymore.
I didn’t even notice. ;)
This is Dame Viv at her finest, she has recently run into controversy for criticising the Duchess of Cambridge (pre-pregnancy) of owning ‘too many dull clothes’ and urging her to own and cherish fewer but more beautiful signature pieces.
The Perfumed Dandy
Dandy, I didn’t know that! True wisdom, indeed. I admire Dame Vivienne!
I’ve got to say, I sort of appreciate the sentiments here, but it’s more than a bit ironic that they appear on what is essentially an ad.
Apparently the book has suggestions and inspiration for paring down your wardrobe and staying true to your own style–but yes, you do need to buy the book first. ;)