i’ve always had an intense interest in social structures & have gone out of my way to understand the do’s & don’ts of certain circles. whether gay or straight, white or ethnic or in my observation of fashion crowds; for the past few years i’ve struggled with the idea & have consistently questioned fashion. whether questioning the politics of model casting or discussing what i love & hate about collections each season, there remains a rich curiosity in my mind with fashion, as i observe & perceive it as just another subculture within our culture as human beings. i’ve come to the understanding that we all want to believe we have a place. even in thinking of oneself as an ‘outsider’ or not ‘in the cool group’, there in lies yet another sub-culture. in new york, those sub-cultures are divided even further into boroughs. whether brooklyn, harlem, queens, the bronx or manhattan- it seems as though it’s a whole other language when asking, “which part of the city are you in?” geography heavily influences fashion, whether you’re in milan, paris, new york or london- each city hosts a combination of styles on the backs of the city residents. these corners also house the good & evil. & while i often get lost in the city, im for damn sure not lost in life.
fashion in new york is funny. what i’ve tried to do here, on my blog & in my own work, is represent the artist’s perspective. in fashion- highlighting & discussing different photography techniques, lighting, emphasizing styling direction & really trying to allow readers to see what i see & find a greater appreciation for the high end glamour, that some can criticize as materialistic has always been my aim. in my pursuits of my first fashion week ever, i have suffered an unexpected blow which seen me miss out on a number of shows that i had RSVP’d to & a number of networking opportunities. all good, i can take one for the team this go ’round & though i’ll let you win the battle; watch who’ll win the war. new york fashion is based on the power of PR. public relations runs the city- they control the guest lists, they receive the invite request emails, they man the doors at the events, they verify your fashion GPS at the lincoln center- without their hand in this process, there is no boundary to cross. in contrasting differences between the european approach & our american process- it’s simple, you build your relationship with the PR offices in new york & you’re in. in europe, it’s all done in-house. this makes it much harder to crack the european scene. it’s basically a buy one, get five deal in america- if you can swing the price. this season, i was surprised; not by the number of rejection emails but the number of invites allowed. my connect came by way of [insert luxe brand here]. i don’t find it necessary to name names, however, i do find it necessary to mention this character in association with the horror of my first experience.
over the course of the last three years, i’ve spent most of my time researching, reading & making myself much more aware of fashion to the point of insanity. off screen- very little is disconnected from fashion in my everyday conversations. im not gonna sit here & preach about how fashion is ‘my life’ because those who’ve read understand my devotion without the need for a reminder. sitting in little italy, sleeping in the same bed as this character – i had initially flew in with the greatest nervous feeling i had ever felt. was it the rain in the forecast? did i forget to pack the right shoes? would my outfits be appropriate for the shows? did my business cards arrive at the printers on time? i struggled with the idea that something, out of my control, was waiting for me upon reaching my destination. i was right. regardless if we’re talking about fashion or life off the runway- you always trust your gut. amidst verbal digs, shady conversations & insincere apologies- my connect served as my roomie for my scheduled visit for fashion week & with that came tremendous annoyances & what seemed to be a calculated agenda. at one point, i sat in china town eating fried chicken & fried rice with tears in my eyes at how frustrated i was with what this chick referred to as ‘real fashion’. the first event i had attended was the surface to air store opening, which was an easily accessed event when someone mixed up the first name with the last name, choo. there we stood, in the surface to air location, suffocating just because this bitch wanted free champagne. i know you’re thinking the same ass thing, so let’s all say it together- THIRSTY! after requesting to leave the party due to the extreme heat, i was able to view a feature film presented by surface to air which surprisingly starred kid cudi. i snapped a couple of images & generally liked the concept of a film coinciding with a store opening- i felt it added a sense of greater creativity, which i often seek in a number of ways. in new york- it’s about the parties; or so it is for a certain batch of individuals. i was told, “we work hard, we play hard” & though i don’t disagree- i can honestly say that not all individuals in this city have a love for fashion the way i do. fast forward to end of my stay with this girl- if i recall correctly, mind you i can name drop supermodels at the snap of a finger so my memory is entirely undoubted- the phrases,”no one knows you”, “you don’t know anything about fashion”, “you don’t even know about the models” & “i got you those invites” spewed from the mouth of this thirsty villain who has indeed become lost in the city hype & has fallen victim to what she thinks is expected of her in this dangerous industry. this girl’s blasé admittance of how she lied to a therapist to get xanax disturbed me to the core. it was almost as if she thought this upgraded her cool factor, when it only seemed to make her existence that much more sad. the night i made my exit, she had gone in search of cocaine.
while im constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap, between fashion kids & non-fashion individuals- im always looking for ways to connect the psychological to the sociological in my own observations of sub-cultures. the fact that many in fashion believe that there is only one way to go about things is the same reason why fashion can remain, on some levels, one dimensional. it’s not even the fact that fashion can be cut throat- because im equipped to cut on command just as much as the next bitch. it’s the fact that individuals allow their insecurities to substitute certain aspects of authenticity. the bitch i mentioned, i’ve known since i was in 6th grade & her progression as an adult, though impressive on paper, is obviously a missed mark in personal development through lack of confidence in ones ability to be, well, themselves. i thought long & hard about whether to include this aspect of my fashion week experience here because it does take a vivid dip into my personal life & is tied strongly to my adolescence as well as my emotional connection with this person. i thought, ‘fuck it! i have nothing to hide’ & after my now deleted tweet, which eluded to certain positions of trust- you have to understand that nothing i do occurs without reason. i believe in symbolic representation as much as i do a real & honest approach. the entire time i was here, i questioned whether i really wanted to continue with my site or if my love for fashion was enough. im always mindful of what is shared here, because there is a larger portion of myself embedded in these posts whether you know it or not. the words i use, i use with great awareness- as should all individuals writing & attracting an audience. for me, it’s never been about a front- it’s always been about projecting the most honest depiction of yourself for those who are interested & in the same lane. the whole time, i could not believe that someone was talking to me in the way this bitch was spewing verbal venom at me. cinematically, in the story of my life, my leaving her apartment at 2am that night, “titanium” produced by david guetta with vocals by sia would’ve played. “you shoot me down, but i won’t fall- i am titanium”. that same indestructible force that empowers you enough from the inside is what separates the real from the fake- the fact that my own home-made letter head & amateur credentials were enough to gain access to 17 shows & events this season is without a doubt, evidence that hard work never goes unnoticed. when i heard this bitch say, “i got you all those invites” – the countless hours of research & sleepless work that i had been doing surged into my brain. i dare any-fuckn-body to stand in front of me & say that they did what i have done in creating & building a presence as jeremy danté. i am jeremy danté. if i never get another invite to another show in my life, i can honestly say that i did something that im proud of. that something isn’t the fact that people know who i am or are aware of my work- it’s that i was fearless enough to share a piece of my heart with people i don’t know & i was appreciated for it. & with that said, i wish a bitch would fuel the fire- i hold the match. but let’s not go too far- remember, ‘i don’t know anything about fashion’ & ‘no one knows me’.
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.
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.