Clothes Should Be Pretty, Not Political

Nicole Fabian-Weber
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kate mossThe fashion world has been waiting to see what Kate Moss is going to wear to her July 2 wedding to Jamie Hince for months now. In some Louboutin-clad circles, it is a bigger event than the nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William. She may not be becoming a princess, but she will always be the Queen of Style.

So, naturally, just like the other Kate, many have been speculating about who she'll wear. But unlike the other Kate, most of that speculation is on Jew-hating, Hilter-loving, rehab-hopping, lawsuit-clad John Galliano. This is awkward.

According to a "fashion mole," Kate is determined to wear a design by her friend, and she knows he's "deeply sorry for what happened and has always been a loyal friend." So, here's the thing, I don't BY ANY MEANS (so don't twist anything around down there in the comments section!) condone anything John Galliano did. But I sort of admire Kate for standing by her supposedly sick pal, and not giving an eff what the press is going to say about her.

I think it's a safe assumption to think that most famous women wouldn't dare step out in a Galliano design after "the incident." Not because they wouldn't want to wear whatever gorgeous dress was waiting for them, but because they wouldn't want to be publicly skewered. (Natalie Portman really, really hates him, though.) This is understandable. It takes a woman with balls of steel to stand at the altar in a dress designed by someone who said such awful and hateful things.

Kate, fashion icon that she is, isn't just wearing a Galliano to support her pal, though, she's wearing one because she loves his clothes. She could support her friend all she wants, she doesn't have to wear his gown. She wants to wear his gown. This gets me thinking.

We've all heard not-so-nice things about cheapie store clothes (Yes, I'm looking at you, Forever 21, and all your glittery tops), yet we still shop there. At least once a week I try to duck into a Forever 21 after work and immediately walk out because it's so unbelievably crowded. Their reported sweatshop labor ways don't seem to affect their sales. And I dare you to try to find one of those "what I'm wearing" type blogs that doesn't feature the blogger donning F21 duds. And there are plenty of other stores that have less than stellar working conditions, but seem to be doing just fine. 

So, what's the deal? Do we not care? Is this a case of out of sight, out of mind? Surely, if we saw these working conditions, we wouldn't be able to shop in these stores -- or we'd feel nauseous doing so. Or do we all just not make enough money to shop at the more expensive places?

I don't know. But I do know that right now, after thinking about it, I feel bad about owning Forever 21 clothes. I can't say I'll never shop there again, but I do know I definitely won't be stopping in there tonight after work. Not because I don't want to, but because I feel guilty. Guess that's how Kate and I differ.

Do you shop at Forever 21? Do you think Kate's wrong to wear a Galliano dress to her wedding?

 

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