I feel like it’s not about the music anymore—it’s about how many friends you have on Facebook and your Instagram pictures. I hate that. I feel so bad for the talented new bands that are working so hard, and they have to fight with these monsters where it’s all about the appearance, the way you look, the amount of posts you did this month. I don’t want to be a part of that—going to a festival and taking a selfie on stage and all the EDM shit. I feel like it’s such bad publicity for music and for true artists, and I’ll try to fight as hard as I can to not be like that.
Life is wonderful. Life should be positive. When it’s blown to pieces, that’s when it becomes art. Art is messy and dirty when it pours out of you. The New York Times once said “Shinohara is amazing.” Listen… Brother… Why do I… It makes me cry. I believe in my career goddamn it. Why do I have to? I want to cry. I’ve got nothing. Listen to me! This is so hard… And it’s so fantastic… Now I’ve got nothing. You see… We are the ones suffering the most from art…
Nothing has touched me more than this quote in quite some time. Regardless of whether you are an artist or not, life can deal some powerful blows. It isn’t always so easy to keep things in perspective but we were all made from stars and nothing is more fantastic than that.
I have come to a point in my life where I am so moved by the small beauties and constantly reminding myself how utterly perfect this earth can be. Every instant is a choice to look at the positive and we are given such great power once we realize this. When the dark creeps in it doesn’t mean the end, it just means that the next light will be that much brighter. Keep growing.
Now that fashion has become a global spectator sport, now that style and celebrity and hard-edged glamour are so ubiquitous, we are in real danger of losing the crafty nuance. As a result, the poetry and the passion exemplified by the individuals in this book have become more important than ever. Their viewpoint represents a beautiful and powerful antidote to the global branding cacophony that threatens to eradicate all subtlety and beauty from the fashion landscape. These creators are our international treasures. Simply put, without the thoughts and madness of these crafting mystics, design obsessives, and superfreaks, we are all doomed. Okay, so that’s a tad hyperbolic. But after immersing yourself in this rich tome, I know you will feel the same way.
Simon Doonan - foreword of Fashionable Selby
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