A Kings Response: GQ 40 Worst-Dress Cities in America
“I believe Philly has been a ghost writer for culture in America”
Everyone takes pride in the city where they are from. So it was a must that I give my take on this article GQ wrote pertaining to the 40 Worst-Dress Cities in America. First and foremost I totally disagree with Philly as well as other cities even being considered amongst the worst dressed cities in America. Although Philadelphia may get complacent in popular trends they still have the ability to introduce cutting edge style. Philadelphia has even been considered the “Swagger Capitol”. I honestly think that GQ isn’t in touch with style and culture in most cities judging by this elitist list & lack of journalism. There isn’t enough press or street style photography in Philadelphia, due to the lack of a fashion network to capture the true street culture.
The comment about Michael Vicks Jersey’s and Cheese steak stains is an insult and proves ones lack of exposure to our world. Every celebrity from Philadelphia has shown style and originality and unlike most this was embedded from their upbringing and not hand delivered by a stylist. Philadelphia is not a little brother to New York nor the 6th borough, but rather Philadelphia has been able to inspire other cities as well as reinterpret what has been inspired to us. I believe Philly has been a ghost writer for culture in America, but because of our lack of press and tech saavy we do not get the recognition we deserve.
According to Wikipedia, ”a fashion city should be an object of inspiration for the professionals that live there and posses an active, vivid, strong and unique sub-culture that inspires not only fashion professionals but also the people in the city, turning the street style and street culture into an essential characteristic”. Based on the developments of fashion and street culture, Philly has been a major influence in the Tri-state area which is a major influence to the rest of the world. Philadelphia clearly fits in the definition of a fashion city. From Ye ole revolutionary times to present, from vintage Americana to contemporary, from tailored suits to street wear it it this mix of fashion, business, entertainment, culture, and leisure that positions Philly as an attractive and internationally recognized fashion center with a distinct and strong swag. -KRT
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