Tag: jeremy dante

PRESERVING REALITY IN OUR DIGITAL WORLD

im too fuckn real to be fake with this shit. much of my experience on the internet has seemed to be surrounded by this concept of a staged reality. as i have articulated many times before, i take every opportunity to reiterate things i feel necessary. for me, my public presence has always been about clearly defining my most accurate sense of self. allow me to reiterate- im too fuckn real to be fake about my shit. in my experience of digital culture, as a writer, ultimately a voice of the people; i have been able to connect & disconnect from many, many individuals. i have witnessed falsification to the greatest extent. from an industry level alongside individuals whom i had respect for to homegirls i’ve known since 6th grade- there is this insurmountable percentage of artificiality which is infecting our world. this infection has penetrated our culture & is now a lifestyle for some, an addiction for most. through social media, i have felt that i have been far too accessible. yes, i am a part of the people- but the key to my success in this capacity is due in large part to my need for disconnection. it’s these experiences that have allowed my voice to become more refined. not refined in the way that is much more elegant or sophisticated, but refined by reality. i can acknowledge fantasy through my own imaginative conquests to redefine beauty, but in this admiration of artificiality; i can still very well identify authenticity. from flaunted wealth to product placement- there exists this moment of reality that hits you so hard that it begins to stricken your heart & allows you to forcefully reject all things that fall below this standard of what is real. very recently, i had this moment of clarity. in all that we do, the displays in which we stage for the public, on the internet, this so-called connection of our ‘lives’ – how accurately does this reflect our actual exsistence? in my time, i have grown out of many friends, understanding that they were not adding to the path that was meant for me, eventually having to redirect my intentions elsewhere. growth never stops & we should not lessen ourselves for the benefit of others. in thinking of my voice here, the things we think about- the images we imagine, the ways in which we both, you & i, push to articulate how clothes look or the ways that we are trying to communicate a level of understanding for what defines a ‘supermodel’- it’s in these moments that i am connecting with you. it’s bigger than fashion, it’s greater than fantasy- it’s a human connection which makes things real. i have made it a point to avoid advertisments, despite the fact that many have approached me with the interest. why? because i don’t want to distract from my reality. that reality being what i share with you, ultimately the fantasy we associate with fashion. but still, amidst this fantasy- we continue to search for what’s real.

in growing up, i have often tried to hold onto elements of my past. whether these elements were interests & individuals, i have learned to cope with that loneliness. that loneliness being a method of acknowledgement that your path is separate, perhaps even greater than those with whom you coexist. it’s in these moments that i have grown up, learning to let it go, only discovering that my violent attempts to hold on are what was causing me pain. understanding that letting go was the freedom that i was ultimately seeking all along. creatively, much of my work mirrors happenings of my personal life. my views, my opinion- it’s all my individualistic view of the world. a view which i share with you. overtime, i have felt greater responsibility to raise the bar, to allow the content to evolve. to act in fearlessness. fearlessness to go there, to be in that space of intellectual depth that has not yet been explored by others on this platform. this idea of responsibility; this concept of expectation to deliver something of value- that is what makes me a leader. it’s these thoughts that make me real, it’s that aspect of reality that makes me valuable to you. not as a departure from you, but as a part of you. no one gives a fuck about what you wore, where you ate dinner or how many G’s you dropped on your car- if it’s not real, it’s not valid. it’s all irrelevant if there is no thought behind it, everything is nothing without heart. it takes heart to connect. it’s heart that drives passion, which allows doors to open, windows to slam- it’s what turns concrete into platinum. reality allows you to feel connected, understood- valued. it is in these moments of reality that i have delt with you; that i have understood not only my value but the value of you in the process. whether you’re chasing celebrity or dreams that seem too far to reach- i have come to inspire that. when others have made you feel lesser or made you feel inadequate- it’s my words which will add a new dimension to those thoughts. when others describe trend, i’ll open your eyes to see how those trends have always existed & where they’ve derived. there is far too much bullshit in this world- all i am trying to do is to open your mind, allow your eyes to visualize what the others have made you blind to. thank you for reading & responding to my work, for loving & supporting what i do.

reconstructing the face of fashion blogging

in everything i do, i’ve always taken a greater initiative to represent what & how i feel things should be done. to see a path someone else has taken is one thing, but to create your own path in taking the pre-established to new heights is a whole other ball game. in speaking of reconstruction & creating a corresponding image, this is not to be taken so literally. i have no plans to physically or surgically reconstruct anything- im intending for this reconstruction to be taken, creatively; artistically, literarily, in terms of image & persona. for a minute, when i first created this site, i looked at others & felt the need to mirror what content was being seen. in gaining access to a growing number of resources, this content became much more specific & i began pulling content with a greater sense of objective nature- deciding what was & wasn’t good enough.

as readers, you’ve come to understand what i prefer- i like it commercial, i prefer it high end & i want that shit to be beautiful. as an individual, i’ve always been on this search to find others who loved what i loved, admired the shit that i admired & understood this need for things to be a certain way. i’ve found that in you, the reader. whether it was you hitting the like button or retweeting- i’ve established a connection with you, which i value. for the most part, i’ve tried to educate you & learn with you in the process- together we’ve gathered all this information & now i want to change it up. i want to focus on more analytical pieces of writing that challenge pre-existing rules. for much of the time i’ve had this site, i’ve kept to the same straight-laced method of runway reviews while attempting to cover as much ground as possible. & i have. but im bored; i feel that i’ve become washed out in a number of ways & have been reviewing with almost a sense of disconnection. theres a certain point during show season where i feel like im drowning in content with no room to breathe. i feel like this has affected my perception of some collections & i want to change the course & method i report on collections- after all, show season is the basis of all fashion advertising & editorial content for the following year.

in the past, we’ve come to identify a number of males & female models; which is still of the utmost importance. beyond a simple head shot & name check- i want to dive deeper where we can get a greater feel for the models life. among the crowd of readers of jeremydante.com many of them have been models- aspiring & working alike. ever since i was young, i’ve had this vision of beauty- this certain something; when i see that in anything i come across, i feel it- it’s that burst during show season when you’re watching the live stream & you shout ‘yes!’ – it’s that chill down your spine when you get a first glimpse of that september issue cover- it’s all of those things. in applying my talents to specified areas; i’ve been able to meet & befriend an impressive set of creatives that have expressed a desire to collaborate- all of those aspects will be brought to life in this new era of reconstruction. it’s funny, in my mind, im always reconstructing or refining to a certain degree; in hopes of achieving a greater sense of ‘this is who i am’. in translating this vision to you, as more than readers but friends & supporters; it’s as though someone has held a mirror to my face & asked me “who are you? what do you do? & why should we give a fuck?”. when i talk about what is done here, it’s like second nature to me; people sit & say, “oh, shit! i never seen that before” or “how the fuck do think of these things?” – & when told those things or asked those questions, it’s hard to put into words. i’ve always had these thoughts; the only difference with now is that i have a place where these thoughts can become realities. whether it’s an image or a line- an opinion or thought, i can come into this space & tell it to you, who ultimately feels & responds to it with this sense of appreciation. it’s in those moments that i find greater power in my voice.

for as long as i’ve lived my life, i’ve been told i was a star & in the past decade, the definition of star has drastically changed. in an era where one talent is not enough, i still feel like i can compete with anyone. that said, i don’t feel the need to do so because i feel what i represent has not yet been represented in the capacity i am about to represent it. it’s very difficult to put into words, something you just feel as almost a reflex- in writing or moving a certain way, phrasing something with vitality or choosing what you define as the best. i feel as though i’ve become so much more of an artist with a more developed platform in the past few years. i’ve been criticized for the way i do things & i can assure you- it’s all intentional. i’ve been told that my face is used to heavily as a branding emblem & i’ve been told that i should use capitalization appropriately since i demonstrate skill with punctuation. i put my face on this shit because i want you to know who the fuck is talking; i don’t feel the need to hide behind a screen, trust, if i could grab you through the screen i would. the reason i dont capitalize is because it’s faster when i dont worry about it; im giving you what i got as fast as i can give it to you. visually, the image i’ve created was shot in 2007. the idea of the skull diagram was inspired by the FW11 images of mugler- i thought about how scientific much of what i do has become- in high school i was describe by my general physical science teacher as an ‘analytical mind’ & the image is a visual representation of that. my ability to take something & understand the structure of it, while breaking it down section by section is what i feel this image represents. in using myself as a vehicle for this breakdown, i feel like im sitting on the brink of some real legendary shit. unapologetically, powefully & strikingly- i hope that i can show you more of what i have in my head. sometimes i feel like this dream i have is bigger than can be explained, more massive than i even realize; but in everything i do, i represent that dream, one pixel at a time. they’ve labeled me a singer, a writer, some have mistaken me for a model, some called me a personality, a blogger- i’ll be all that shit & more but i’ll be damned if anyone can tell me that i can only have one. the only title i hold myself to is that of jeremy dante. i’ve never believed in creative boundaries, i see no sense in beginning now. for any one who thinks im done, they are sorely mistaken- i haven’t even begun.

letter from the editor: reinventing my body of work

over the course of time we’ve shared here together, we’ve entered & exited quite a few seasons. we’ve analyzed trends, identified models & rediscovered a more intellectual foundation of fashion that has a deep rooted connection to pure creative genius. since the creation of this blog, a development of content & style has been seen in the last few years. much of the work i put into this site mirrors that of my own life; my attractions, my distractions, my opinions & my love- it’s all seen here, written & expressed for you in the best format that i can create, in the fastest time allotted. at this stage in the game, considering the opportunities i’ve been fortunate enough to encounter; i’ve rediscovered an appreciation for freedom. while much of fashion is ruled by schedules, sales figures, luxury hierarchy & indestructible standards of quality; we’ve come to understand how seasons work, how things change, how certain aspects evolve. i am now focusing on taking this yearly structure & modifying it to a more individualized approach. for me, it’s never been about competition, it’s always been about finding ways to more accurately define who i am & more importantly, becoming who i am meant to be. through writing & responding to certain aspects of beauty, style & fashion- though some may find that im closed off in a number of ways; others have been able to resonate with my style on an emotional level, which i feel is one of the greatest accomplishments in building my voice. as a writer, personality & image analyst, i’ve been able to represent a new breed of bloggers who surpass the bar previously set by others who have used gimmicks & illegitimate skill to create a brand.  there was never a greater marriage between reality, beauty & a literary voice, the way i’ve intended to connect with you as a reader. the fact is, it’s about more than just clothes or bad bitches- it goes further, deeper than that. it’s time to get serious.

in using platforms to represent us; we must understand the power we hold in ourselves- even in the small work that we do. our poise, our choices, our emotionally driven circumstances are what make & ultimately break us- though not every aspect can be seen in motion or live action on-screen; they can still be felt, subliminally, in all that we put out. through greater control, stronger focus & an even greater dedication to the standards i’ve already defined- i am looking to expand my voice & creatively purify aspects of my own digital writing in this next stage of development. from fashion to perceptions of beauty, i hope to continue to inspire through positivity, fearless delivery & in innovative ways; thus enhancing a greater form of connectivity between this wildly developing industry & us- who have developed such an intense interest in it. going forward, i plan on revolving much of what i do here at jeremydante.com around a greater concept of personal style. much of the coverage i have taken time to write about was my attempt at covering larger aspects of high end fashion & the luxury market to allow better understanding from you as an audience. im excited for you to see these changes & am anxious to get things started. while physically taking on changes as well, my own personal transformation has inspired me in this new direction, which you’ll all begin to see through my daily work. i thank all of you who have remained loyal in reading while also being gracious to lend positive words of encouragement for the work that i do. let’s continue to grow together & inspire those around us, beautifully.

the fashion report: seventy-nine

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