Can a Look Be Too Unique?
Before her makeover, Ms. Winehouse didn't stand
out from the crowd. Her Back To Black look
is almost iconic.
But that's the problem. Salons are being flooded with requests for beehives. I recently saw a teenage girl walking through my suburban, Midwestern mall with heavy, winged eyeliner and fake flowers tacked to her pile of hair. All this tells me is people like Amy Winehouse. And since it's her look they're copping, they look desperate to me. Desperate to be associated with someone famous. Desperate to be noticed.
Yet fashion's latest muse is releasing her own line of clothes and beauty products. This shouldn't surprise me. As much as I want fashion to purely be about art and self-expression, it's also about money. Imitation is money in the bank. After all, how successful would the house of Chanel be if Coco Chanel hadn't been a magnetic personality with a unique yet imitable look?
Is there a celebrity whose look is so unique you don't want to try it for fear people will call you a groupie? Do you have a friend with such a distinct style, you avoid it's elements all together?