Who is a fashionista? Or rather who is the Lagos fashionista? We live in an era characterized by fashion lovers, enthusiast and the outright fashion fanatics. A few years ago, there was a very clear line demarcating fashion lovers from ordinary people. We had the fashion enthusiasts who could bend over backwards for a couple of Ituen Basi beads, and the fanatics who were willing to spend every penny on Deola Sagoe couture cargo pants and the fashion lovers who wore their luxury labels boldly and proudly. Yes, yes, and YES there was a clear demarcation.
The average individual did not know how to use the terms “vintage” or “fashion faux pas”, what did these terms even mean? The ordinary people were satisfied in playing it safe with their wardrobe choices all the days of their lives. Why spend precious minutes putting together an ensemble when you can simply throw on a pair of jeans and a shirt for a decent look? And why spend money on shoes, when 7 pairs are MORE than enough. Look at it this way, you have a pair for everyday of the week. No need to be a green eyed monster. Yes, we could tell the fashionistas and the ordinary people apart.
Boys were not seen strutting about in red skinny pants and bespoke blazers tailored to precision, and they could care less about the shoes. But now,… everyone is..(wait for it)…a self proclaimed fashionista. We have overnight become vintage lovers, and supporters of all things retro. We are willing to save our lunch money towards buying that new season purse we really do not need, and our weekends are filled with panic attacks over deciding what to wear for red carpet events. I mean Heaven forbid we wear a dress we had worn two years back. That will be atrocious, the fashion police will hunt us down.
In Lagos today, everyone is a fashionista. Even in Oshodi, I know I can find a couple of vinatage lovers who are just dying to get their hands on a vintage mock croc briefcase (insert eye roll and hand movement). So what is my point exactly?; If we are all fashionistas, does this not mean that no one is a fashionista. We have subconsciously succumbed to a high standard of fashion, making an almost unattainable standard very easy to reach and a norm in society today.
So if it is normal for most of us to be fashion forward, fashion conscious, and fashion lovers then this is the norm. The norm meaning that all fashion lovers in Lagos are ordinary people, the whole idea of being a fashionista has lost its essence! It is very difficult to stand out in a crowd filled with equally fashionable people. Today in Lagos, everyone is a fashion forward, label loving, vintage hugging, high heel strutting, fashion fanatic. The gap between the “ordinary people” and the “fashion conscious” has been sealed.