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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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