Today this word seems to mean "anything that's too hideous and freaky to even wear on the catwalk - too freaky and garish for even Vivienne Westwood or John Galliano to contemplate showing".
It also means stuff that 5 years ago was being ignored in charity shops and jumble sales as being too frumpy and out-of-date.
Not so long ago, people would look at the shit that walked down the catwalk and just hang their mouth open cuz it was so godawful weird.(BTW - this definition almost exlusively applies to women of course. We were told, "oh the styles will be watered down before it gets to the shops for ordinary mortals to try to fucking figure out how to wear."
So by the time it got to the shops, it was almost unrecognisable as being associated with anything seen on the catwalk. But it would still be different enough to terrorise women into thinking that if they don't wear it, they won't look cool, or if they do wear it, they will look silly and foolish. What to do??
Of course, every season brings new colours and accessories, so that nothing goes with anything else you have bought in the last 6 months - oh how we just lamely accept and buy without question! Everything totally different so they make more and more money from these stupid people too dumb to figure out what the hell's going on, or if they are smart enough, to fucking apathetic to care and scared to look uncool.
This definition is quite extreme but...
The prevailing style or custom, as in dress, or behavior.
Something such as garment, that is in the current mode.
Fashion is not always expensive clothes. Fashion is not what all the popular girls at school are wearing. Fashion is creating a garment and being different. Fashion is developing a style. Fashion never gets old, it just gets re-created. There is no right or wrong in fashion. Fashion trends are started//developed by looking at another culture, or more ideas after you have developed a personal style. Fashion started with our earliest designers and followed with our more popular designers. Examples. Gabrielle Coco Chanel, Ives Saint Laurent, Gucci, Dolce, Fendi, Renne Lacoste, Hermes, Mui Mui, Karl Lagerfield, Christian Dior, Gorgio Armani, Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy , Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Nicole Miller, Betsy Johnson, Marc Jacobs, and SO MANY MORE. Fashion isnt just whats in, its also whats out. Remember fashion is creating and re-creating, and its never the same. Without fashion pop-art, and pop-culture would be so much different. So dont think that fashion is just what all the cool kids wear, cause its not. Fashion never dies.
*Sevens for all man kind
* and remember even Wal-Mart has its designers