Sunday, February 24, 2008

Polyvore Trends: The Good and the Bad

Today, I'm not going to talk about the hippie trends of Spring or my favorite shoes. I'm going to talk about the most amazing runway of all-Polyvore. 
Uh-oh. We're going back to the dark ages, when art ruled over fashion. When 2PAC4EVAA always defeated the efforts of MyChanel and Shilpa. Now, almost half the popular page is made of this and this and this.
I know that Polyvorians have a right to creative expression, but we went through a nice period where the whole popular page was clothes. And BTW, don't try to pass off a set like this for an outfit. When the picture and the decorations are what your eyes are drawn to the decorations and a picture and you can't even see the dress when you see the set on the popular page, it's an artistic set.
There's been a trend going around for a while on Polyvore: romantic vintage.
With Love by Suzanne4

Something old & something new by pLaY

and Amber Gems by CityGirl

I'm totally digging this soft, romantic trend. It's so beautiful and precious, but you can also add an edge to it, like Suzanne4 did. You can also use normally very out-of-date dresses, like with pLaY's set, and make them seem like rocking fashion statements. No wonder this trend lasted so long, and I'm furious to state that it's dying out. 
So, Polyvorians, don't let these wonderful sets be just a fad. Keep the soft side of Polyvore going, and make some vintage sets.
Jadesayshollabeeyatch, or Jade as she likes to be called, has been putting a non-competitive game on Polyvore called a scavenger hunt.
With all that competition going around on polyvore, it's started to become pretty boring. Only people who win and hold tons of contests can get recognized, and some of the contests are starting to get kind of boring. I don't know how many times that I've entered a contest where the rules include "You have to include at least # things from A&F," or "All clothing has to be from Abercrombie." I'll give you three, right off the bat: one, two, three
Here's a new rule: "All contests are the same. Think up something new if you're trying to make people be creative." And BTW, some people think the person who makes an original, interesting, and sophisticated set are usually not "trendy" enough and they give the award to the person who makes the set that resembles all the other sets.
Scavenger hunts don't even have winners. They're just inspirations for really good sets. In Jade's hunt, at least, she gives guidelines for every item, like "find some shoes in black, brown or white under $70," and adds other little creative tasks like "Post up a quote about style or fashion."
I made one a little while ago. It amazingly fun! I loved to obediently follow the directions, but still add my own style to the outfit. And the end product was really cool:
I don't know where Jade got the idea, or maybe she just thought it up herself, but I applaud her for it, and she did it really well. 

I've decided to sum up each post with an In/Out list. Here goes:
In: Scavenger hunts, romantic vintage. Out: Contests, especially Abercrombie Contests, collages.
*Kisses from an angel!


~*FABULOUS*~ said...

WOW! This blog is so much fun to read! I love all your frank opinions and agree with you 100% (I just don't like to come right out and say it; I usually offend people). And thanks for putting up my set!

Maya said...

Thank you! You're very sweet.