Fashion forward advice

“Welcome to my freshly minted column, the new-and to my knowledge, only-Buchtelite fashion mecca, where everything gorgeous, decadent, sexy, provocative, alluring, fabulous and any other enticing adjective will be discussed weekly. People of small towns are becoming more and more conscious of clothing and fashion in this internet age.”

Welcome to my freshly minted column, the new-and to my knowledge, only-Buchtelite fashion mecca, where everything gorgeous, decadent, sexy, provocative, alluring, fabulous and any other enticing adjective will be discussed weekly.

People of small towns are becoming more and more conscious of clothing and fashion in this internet age.

The once lofty, unattainable aspects of the fashion world are now available to us, the general public.

Due to the technological advances of the internet, one can learn about a designer’s collection, and therefore the new look for the season, from social networking sites like Twitter almost at the exact same time fashion journalists and buyers do.

In addition to Twitter, another internet-driven phenomenon that has majorly influenced modern fashion is the blog, most notably The Sartorialist.

The Sartorialistis a website launched in late 2005 by fashion merchandiser-photographer Scott Schuman.

After leaving his job, Schuman began photographing people on the street whom he found either well-dressed or interesting looking in general.

Schuman began traveling all over the world to capture the wonderfully-attired masses, both men and women, young and old, broadcasting the timeless notion that style is something that is inherited and honed, and not only by the wealthy.

Even merchants have jumped on the fast fashion enfranchisement bandwagon, as chain stores like H&M, Topshop, Zara and Forever 21 have been specifically created to translate designer styles for public consumption.

This had made it possible for the common person to purchase clothes that are directly derived from the trends seen on the runway at much cheaper prices, sometimes months before the designer pieces even make it to retail themselves.

As ludicrous as it may seem, fashion, previously only associated with the rich and elite, has become truly democratic: nowadays anyone can be a trendsetter.

In the super-speedy information sphere we all live in, fashion is relevant everywhere and in all places of the world, even in Akron, Ohio.

So sit back, buckle up tight, and prepare for a marvelously bumpy ride, as this semester and next I will shove as much information about designers, models, clothing, accessories, jewelry, beauty and anything else worth mentioning down your throats.

You just may cough and regurgitate diamonds, something I am sure we would all love to do.