To say that something is the fashion is to declare it to be the currently accepted way. The manner in which things are expected to be is the fashion, the norm these days. Some people wear jeans that are all torn and call it ‘the fashion’. Getting tattoos that cover an entire arm is fashion for some and not so for others. So fashion is not a firm rule to be insisted upon by all. It is a preference held by some, not all
Fashion exists in time, things go in and out of fashion over time. Some will tell us that certain things are never out of fashion. Things like kindness, generosity, patience and such, timeless, enduring and ever welcomed. Thus we can date something by labelling it as olde fashioned, no longer the way or no longer produced or used. And there is a cocktail called an olde fashioned that includes Angostura bitters
To fashion something is to make it, create and build. A century or two ago, to fashion a table was almost a feat. Imagine fashioning a board out of a piece of a tree. No electric sander to finish a smooth and straight tabletop. Thus the idea of a craftsman and a craft guild (group of people who fashioned things) A grandfather might fashion a toy and it would take weeks to do so. Fashioning is a feat
Fashioning fashion is what fashion leaders do. Does not the world watch the Oscars to see the latest fashions as the Stars walk down the red carpet? Sometimes the rest of us just let ‘the few’ tell us what is in fashion and what is not. Watch the movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ with Meryl Streep. And, back in Grade 8, who was the fashion leader in your class? We so want to be in fashion. With our houses, cars, almost everything
To be fashionably late can be all the fashion among some groups. The idea is to ‘make an entrance’ by being late enough that the other guests are there to witness it and hopefully be oh and ah and wow about you. I’m more of a five minutes early kind of guy. I suppose that is a fashion too. See, fashion is what you make it. Gangs have their fashion. Valley dolls have theirs. What is yours?