“Fashion is so often presented in the culture as a thing of froth, which, of course, it partly is; but the bubbles are blown with care and a sense of values.” - Anna Wintour
April 17, 2013
I see London, I see Stacy...
...I see also Clinton Kelly! How could I have forgotten about this dynamic duo?
I remember that when I first started getting into fashion, What Not to Wear (WNTW) was my main source of knowledge; it was my first tool in learning the basic terminology of fashion. It was thanks to WNTW that I learned what a pencil versus an A-line skirt is, what an empire waist is, and most importantly, what Mom Jeans are. It was my weekly dose of knowledge, and although I felt strange saying that my favourite TV show was WNTW when all of my other classmates listed off drama series, I cannot stress enough how important WNTW was in helping a nerdy, completely-not-stylish girl like me actually sound knowledgeable in fashion. I couldn't walk the walk, but hey, at least I could talk the talk.
Stacy and Clinton taught me all the foundational rules about style, and it was from there that I later jumped off to dive into the actual world of fashion, where ALL the rules get broken. I moved on to reading fashion magazines, watching runway shows on Youtube, Google searching different types of fabric, reading up on the decades of fashion, familiarizing myself with Style.com, and finally, picking up my first copy of Vogue. Through my whirlwind years of learning (and I'm still learning!), WNTW eventually dropped off my radar.
But after spontaneously deciding to write an essay on WNTW, I rediscovered my love for the show.I may be able to see through their not-so-subtle tactics of dramatization now, but the ethos of the show remains close to me. I had forgotten that Stacy was my very first style icon, and now I realize that she will always be my style icon. And Clinton, the "good cop" side of the duo, is just infinitely precious. Sadly, TLC recently announced that WNTW will stop production after its 10th season. 10 years of helping women discover confidence through their personal style…over. You can bet many people are having a cry over this, and I’m with them. The nostalgia is coming back in waves, and I will dearly miss the personality these two brought to our television screens. WNTW was there to support me during the years of my budding passion, and you can bet I’ll be there to support them during their graceful exit.