Trendy is the last stage before tacky
Karl Lagerfeld puts trendy on the cusp of tackiness…
They say the best thing about being an adult is that nobody tells you what to do and the worst thing about being an adult is that nobody tells you what to do. Sometimes you just want somebody to give you a big scoop of ice-cream, pat you on the head, and tell you that your doing great whilst handing you a big brown bag stuffed with Euros.
Wishful thinking but hear me out. I recently managed a week off from Johannesburg and don’t get me wrong, I love this City but as all city dwellers will tell you, a change of scenery does the world of wonders. So, off to Cape Town.
Yes another city but I come from the City that offers Mothers Ruin with all these fancy gin bars sprouting up and I thought the Mother City may offer something a little different.
Now having spent 18 years in Europe I am all too familiar with trendy hole in the wall joints being the flavor of the month in big cities and thereafter being rescinded by the same socialites that deemed it trendy in the first place. So, it got me thinking, what really makes a place trendy and if trendy even exists – as Karl said, “Trendy is the last stage before tacky”.
I thought I would find out by taking in the whole of the Cape front by boat so I could see it all from the water.
My first thought was that no matter how much money I ever made, I would definitely not buy a boat. After two hours of trying to engulf as much oxygen as humanly possible to avoid lunch arriving unabruptly on the scene, I hastily retreated to solid ground.
Walking through the tourist traps of the waterfront which does have a great buzz and most certainly gives a great impression to first time travelers, it all seems much of a muchness in terms of restaurant design. Now don’t get me wrong there are some world-renowned restaurants in Cape Town and they have been beautifully designed and fitted out, but is it all about keeping up with the Jones’s?
Some places take themselves far too seriously whilst other create the wrong atmosphere. If I am having lunch in a restaurant I want to be able to take in the surroundings, look at what artwork adorns the walls and feel as though I am not only having a meal I am actually taking away an experience with me. That’s the part that some people just don’t get, you can spend thousands on creating a trendy place but if the atmosphere and experience does not match up to the décor it’s a recipe for disaster.
It can also be said that the clientele make a place trendy, but in essence the design and atmosphere will attract either the wright or wrong crowd.
Lets not call it trend but rather intuition, i think i prefer that word! So in order to get that “intuitive” offering it basically settles on these three principals; offering something different and unique, creating an experience and following your heart.
The same can be said for your own homes. Make each room a different visual and sensual experience, flowers, textiles things that are tangible, that have meaning to you, objects that bring good energy and soul to the room.
Sometimes it can get very overwhelming and you go out and spend your hard earned money trying to replicate the same look as the high street retailers have in their window but to no avail. This is the part where you could now do with the ice-cream, bag of Euros, pat on the head and somebody to tell you what to do. My advice to you, follow your heart. You can be trendy in the sense of being eclectic or you can be trendy in being very cutting edge where less is more so long as you create experience and atmosphere.
If in doubt on whats trendy, it was perfectly summed up in the 1930’s with the slang of the day, puttin on the ritz which meant to dress up rather fancy and trendy and nobody could do it quite like young Frankensteen not Frankenstein…..
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