You have to pity luxury. For years, the all-powerful buzzword sold everything from condos to T-shirts. (Coco Chanel, who once said luxury was the opposite of vulgarity, would have been none too pleased.) But now, luxury is so devalued that the word is virtually banished from advertising, with the implication that there’s something unseemly in caring about luxury—let alone luxe fashion— given the entropy plaguing the economy.
There’s an opportunity, therefore, for the purveyors of true luxury to tactfully restore its proper signifi cance to connoisseurs. And it is precisely in these transformative moments that attention should be paid to fashion, which has always been most relevant when it reflected a cultural shift.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"