Chloe Sevigny Is So Over The Fashion Industry


Let’s be clear: we love Chloe Sevigny (and her surprisingly timeless style), but we’re not sure how we feel about the recent interview she gave Eric Wilson of The New York Times’ Style section, in which Sevigny claimed (repeatedly) to be “bored”, “not into”, and “not excited by” the fashion industry. While anyone who has spent as many years as Sevigny in front of fashion’s fawning lens has a right to be a bit jaded about it all, it almost feels like Ms. Sevigny doth protest too much.

On contemporary fashion:

“I’m just not as excited by it,” Ms. Sevigny said… “I don’t know if it is a reflection of what they are producing, or just my feelings toward it. I bought a pair of Birkenstocks today — let’s be real. I wanted a chunky sandal that was functional. That should tell you where I am at as far as fashion.”

On shows:

“I hate going to fashion shows,” she said, [laughing]. “I find them boring.”

On the club scene:

“As of late, I am more of a homebody,” she said. “I like having people over. You can smoke in the apartment. I’m just not into going out so much. The crowd is getting younger and younger.”

On her own design aspirations:

It’s funny, she said, that she was approached recently with a proposal to make a mass-oriented fashion brand, on the scale of other celebrity collections, but she declined. “I think I would feel gross for it to be like that,” she said. “I just want the clothing to be an extension of me, of who I am and my career.”

While she certainly makes no shortage of good points, the whole thing smacks a little of “been there, done that” condescension. Then again, would we love Sevigny as much if she wasn’t so delightfully honest (and contrarian)? Probably not.

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