Parsha Toldot: Why More is More
Call me crazy, but my mind continually connects a disparity of topics under an umbrella of personal inspiration. Case in point: Pre-fall ’17 and Torah Portion. This week, the common thread is a motivated push to achieve fullest potential; the recognition that greatness lies not in where you are, but rather in how far you have come and where you are going.
This mindset is reflected by a sartorial scene that is currently commanded by an individualistic vision of more-is-more: more layers, more prints, more color, more spirit! The impending year is permeated with neoteric botanicals and box-checks, magical appliqués and embroideries; all spun with a statement, off-kilter appeal. Even our basics (button downs, hoodies, knits) have been reworked to include an element of artistic innovation. Deconstructed, reconstructed; we watch in awe as a surge of standout designers pull from the past, push present boundaries and redefine the future of fashion, season after season. But hey, if complacency breeds failure, why not raise the bar?
No matter Biblical patriarch or creative director, life demands we all ambitiously propel ourselves into uncharted territory, empowered by originality and motivated by the journey. Though not always smooth sailing, if not moving forward, we are presumably digressing. (No comparison, no judgement – who are we to know the challenges faced by others?)
“Set your sights high in life. That’s why you’re here,” finishes Rabbi Rosenblatt. Cue the impending Gucci Pre-fall 2017 collection.