Why am i doing this exactly? It seems that i have already laid out my future in little tables on excel and how long each step will take according to the little fancy ”key” box i made. I do not think a have a concrete answer to this question. Why is it that I am drawn to both an argumentative life and a creative one, but here we shall focus on the creative one, as creating your left wing man in leather is quite the creative adventure.
Fashion. That word was encrypted in me the minute I was born. Since the second I opened my eyes I was programmed to observe the world of clothing, criticise it, praise it and be part of it with my own input. My father was a fashion consulter and a rather successful one if I may add. Because it had never occurred to anyone that I would need a babysitter I would spend long hours at my fathers office, when I saw him, yet those hours always felt like minutes. The fabrics, the clothes and even the shows gave me inspiration to question the making of such garments. Why did buyers like certain garments to other ones? Why was black a colour manny found appealing? Why was European taste more simple then Middle Eastern, generalising of course.
One memory that I hold very dear to the heart is when my father and I had lunch. We had lunch, when outside at the same italian restaurant and ate the exact same salad. We did talk, not about the day, nor was it about the weather. We transformed ourselves in critical fashion critiques and sat there pointing out and explaining why certain individuals looked horrendous whereas others looked marvellous. I still remember when I spotted an elderly woman dressed in pink and red from head to toe and had a poodle… which was sprayed in pink and red too. Thank fully I didn’t choke on my water!
When I try to explain myself to those around me about fashion, or why I will not buy the same pair of jeans as my friend, or have ANYTHING that is alike to something someone else could have, they think I’m quite ridiculous. The fact is, I believe that fashion is a way of living. I believe that we all have different ways of living our lives, some are greedy and only seek richness, some live their lives by always thinking about the environment. For me, I live by expressing myself through what I wear and with this I believe I have explained the true meaning of fashion. It’s a lifestyle.
This project is allowing me to finally put me, put my persona in a fashion item. A bag is not an accessory, it’t not “ a thing” – it is an extension of you. It is there to make life easier for you as well as portray you’re individuality and character, it is like your wing man. Creating this extension of me will fulfil my dream of transforming me, Heidi Abi-Rached into a fashion wing man. To leave my trace in this life style I love.
And with that I conclude my explanation with two simple words. Thank You. Thank You Francesca for allowing me to do something I love. I suppose there are such things as fairy godmothers with a sense of style!