I’m taking a brief break here from my fashion week recaps and will ponder about what I’ve actually gone through. Still being in Paris however you can see the bridge leading over to The Louvre as a cute little everyday backdrop (I wish) and I’m standing in the middle of it being some sort of tourist attraction. Do I like the attention? Sometimes. Do I find pleasure in it? Well, yes. Am I a hedonist? I assume so, but what this post truly is about is the matter if we live in a hedonist society or not and now I’m specifically referring to the fashion world which by many is considered as superficial and cold.
In some regards, it is true, but the real fashion world is nothing like The Devil Wears Prada. I’ve met the most wonderful and kind new friends and acquaintances among models, fashion editors, bloggers, photographers, designers and whoever is in the industry. We are not rivals, we’re there to work and enjoy what is shown to us and we help each other out, despite that we’ve only known each other for 5 minutes. Of course there are exceptions. A photographer shouted loudly at a presentation saying “ok tourists, move away, I have to work”. By tourists he was referring to the fashion editors and other influential people in fashion who were invited to that particular event. I asked him sternly “And who might you be?” to which he replied “No one you need to care about” to which I replied “In that case, mr Nobody can be nice or get the hell out of my way as we’re working too” and I was applauded by the people around me when he tried to act all cool.
That, however, was only one person and truly an exception out of all the people I encountered during my 5 weeks on the road. No matter how stressful the schedules, no matter how crowded the venues, no matter how much people were sweating, there was always room for friendly smile, hello and most often followed by “I’m xx, what’s your name?”. The amount of business cards on my desk is mile high and I will get back to all the lovely people I’ve met in due time.
I’ve not answered my question yet though. First of all, a hedonist is a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life. To me that sounds good and what we all should be doing, but the word itself has somehow gotten a negative connotation to it and is been made synonymous with superficial, obnoxious and selfish.
I don’t know why it’s not ok to say you are a hedonist. Are we merely supposed to finish our daily chores and be satisfied with what God has given us and then shut up? I believe the pursuit of pleasure, in whatever way or form it may come in, is a good one as when one finds pleasure, one also finds happiness. Of course there are guilty pleasures, pleasures not considered as such by others and other deviations, but the more I think about it, I am a hedonist and proud of it.
Speaking of the fashion world and making friends. Today a friend from the US who I’ve met through blogging is embarking on a one week long trip to Stockholm to see the city (and I assume me). We live in a globalized world and I’m grateful we nowadays can meet up so easily with people we connect with. That’s quite different from when I was a kid and had penpals in New Zealand, South Korea and the US. With that said, my fashion recaps will be back next week with New York in focus, but this week I’m taking some time off to show Stockholm at its prettiest to my friend and trying to enjoy some social media detox while doing so.