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Fashion Trumped at Taoray Wang

We came to see clothes, not talk politics. Right? So why did the press release for Taoray Wang FW17 lead-off with Tiffany Trump?

(“Tiffany Trump attended today’s Taoray Wang fashion show wearing the designer’s long, double-faced cashmere pale pink and white Sakura coat over her Aphrodite dress in ivory wool crepe with Grecian-inspired bodice.”)

Is it because Tiffany Trump is a celebrity? If so, what precisely has she done? What about her exactly are we celebrating?

Why do we care whether she wears Taoray Wang? Especially in the face of one of the best collections of the season — standing so well on its own — with skillful silhouettes blending masculine and feminine; at its managing the seemingly impossible effect of creating boxy coats that never looked boxy, but structured. At peplums over lingerie touches to balance restraint and inhibition.

Is it because we’ve let our celebrity worship finally get the better of us? (As if it hadn’t already?) Because we’re so desperate for attention and “success” (whatever that means: most of us have lots of food to eat, which could be considered a reasonable baseline for not requesting anything more: sort of like when I found myself in row 1F, when I would have rather been in 1A) that we turn a blind eye to real consequences for our environment, schools, and human beings?

Is it because “all press is good press?”

Is this what we’ve become? A nation of narcissistic media whores?

Is that what I’ve become?

If so, maybe it’s time to take a step back from the brink and take a good look at myself. Because Tiffany Trump may be a wonderful person, for all I know, but all I can ever do — all anyone can ever do capably — is improve myself.

But I will say this: if I didn’t come to New York Fashion Week for the clothes — that special brand of art you put on, to simply celebrate being alive — I came for all the wrong reasons.

And so, frankly, did everyone else.

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(Image: Tiffany Trump attended today’s Taoray Wang fashion show wearing the designer’s long, double-faced cashmere pale pink and white Sakura coat over her Aphrodite dress in ivory wool crepe with Grecian-inspired bodice)

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  • KoolKat

    Yes Tiffany Trump is a celebrity. Get over it. Her father is prez of the USA and one of the most controversial people on earth right now and had it been Chelsea Clinton your piece wouldn’t read like this one bit and we all know it. Stop the bashing. Oh and she’s gorgeous.

    • FWO

      Hi KoolKat:

      Yes, you are 100% correct.

      If Chelsea Clinton had attended Taoray Wang, we would not have mentioned it. That’s because her father — for all his deep flaws — is not currently reshaping the country in a way we do not like. This portion of our objection is called, as I’m sure you know, freedom of expression.

      But more to the point, this article is not really “about” Tiffany Trump. It’s about fashion, and why we think we need celebrities — especially dubious ones — to promote beautiful collections like this.

      Tiffany Trump may be “gorgeous.” But what does that have to do with Taoray Wang’s collections? What does any of this?

      That is the point.

      Respectfully,

      FWO

      • KoolKat

        gorgeous / fashion / celebs… wish we could see more of her sigh w/out all the chomping at the bit.

        Be well.

        • FWO

          👍😊

      • transpo1

        “We came to see clothes, not talk politics.” -FWO

        So it seems you, FWO, are the one bringing up politics, not Taoray Wang. Her statement made no mention of politics.

        • FWO

          No, but the press release began with the mention of Tiffany Trump. What did that have to do with the clothes? Why do this, if not to try and invite attention? How does this fit into a larger pattern of “click baitery” and dumbed-down dialectic?

        • FWO

          It’s not simply a question of Tiffany Trump. It speaks to larger issue of using celebrity whorishly, to promote art. With no disrespect toward sex workers.

        • FWO

          No, but the press release began with the mention of Tiffany Trump. What did that have to do with the clothes? Why do this, if not to try and invite attention? How does this fit into a larger pattern of “click baitery” and dumbed-down dialectic?

          It’s not simply a question of Tiffany Trump. It speaks to larger issue of using celebrity whorishly, to promote art. With no disrespect toward sex workers.

          I mean, ultimately, maybe you are right. Maybe T. Trump is simply her friend, and she wanted to celebrate that. And that’s a beautiful thing. We don’t claim to be all knowing, or all seeing. This is simply our reaction and opinion, however imperfect.

          • transpo1

            The Trump name has been famous a long time. Yes, it is more famous (some say infamous) now, but that does not equate with an endorsement of political views and does not broach the subject of any political discussion. We have to learn as a society to separate people from politics (this goes for both sides)- otherwise, we will hate anyone who disagrees with us. And as we all know, love trumps hate 😉

          • FWO

            That’s a very good point. But let me ask again: Why was the presence of Tiffany Trump at the top of a press release having to do with a fashion show?

          • transpo1

            Publicity. And as another commenter mentioned, if it had been Chelsea Clinton, you wouldn’t have written this post.

          • FWO

            That is correct, on both counts. So since we’re in agreement, what’s the problem? 🙂