NYC Fashion Trend: Fantastic or Failure

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TikTok trend raises controversy over ‘excessive layering’

Perlmutter shows off fuzzy jacket, graphic race pants, and matching hiking boots.

RUBY MCMAHON

TikTok influencers attending New York fashion schools are gaining immediate fame at the price of controversy. As members of the fashion industry, such as influencer Clara Perlmutter cut their clothes, explore crazy layering, and defy the rules of conventional fashion standards, millions begin to wonder if these trends are the new face of eclectic clothing or simply impractical.

A wide spread joke surfaced on TikTok where users made fun of New York fashion students for their application of string as a fashion statement. While these students are attempting to determine their style, their accessorizing with string doesn’t always satisfy the taste of others.

Perlmutter poses in front of artwork as she models colorful array of textiles.

Clara Perlmutter, a content creator on TikTok (@tinyjewishgirl), is one of the most famous examples of fashion creators who faces the brunt of hate for her style. However, Perlmutter executes her eclectic style perfectly. With her use of colors and patterns, Perlmutter is often criticized for having an “ugly” style.

What Perlmutter’s amateur critics fail to recognize is that the most important aspect of clothing is the person who wears it. An outfit comes alive once the wearer feels confident, comfortable, and this is seen as Perlmutter’s personality comes through in her choices.

One of Perlmutter’s most iconic looks, with Betty Boop dress and hoop accessory.

Perlmutter, like New York fashion students, shows her creativity through her clothing. Some describe her style as chaotic or clashing, but they represent so much more. Clothes are a form of expression, and for fashion students, a form of art.

Of course, criticism comes along with immediate fame, however, the inability to recognize style choices beyond what many consider conventional is a failure to recognize how limitless fashion is. Even the most beloved designers create “crazy” or “wild” pieces as they speak to its owner.

In the end, fashion is subjective. The rules of what is appealing or not can be changed instantly. Those who explore their personal style with respect and research, and expand the view of fashion altogether should be applauded, not hated.