As we all know, Steve Jobs is one of the most brilliant and revolutionary geniuses of our time. He created all things Apple, the company which runs many of our lives. I know that every piece of technological equipment in my household is made by Mac—laptops, desktop computer, iPods, iPads. Except for my microwave. That’s not a Mac. The same holds true for most people all over the world (unless Apple now makes microwaves?). A few years back, Bill Gates was the man of the century, and now Steve Jobs is the one called a “hero” and fancy names like that for advancing the world technologically. People recognize him as the man who helped make research easier and keeping in touch with family members more accessible and all these fantastic things possible: but what about his influence on fashion?
You’re probably thinking, “This chick is wacko. Steve Jobs had nothing to do with fashion!” Actually, he affected the fashion industry more than we may realize. Without him, there would be no designer iPhone and iPad cases, first of all. Remember when Dolce & Gabbana came out with their sequined iPad case? Or maybe Chloé’s leather one. There was also the polka dot case from Kate Spade. Let’s not forget the one by Burberry featuring their signature check print. Then there was the line of iPad cases DODOcase did for J.Crew , and of course the unforgettable Céline iPad briefcase. Who could leave Rebecca Minkoff’s “Best Friends” iPhone case of this list? There’s even a whole company called Capulet dedicated to making cases and holders for things like iPads , iPhones, laptops and Kindles (three of which are made by Apple). I could go on and on (and on and on and on), but I think you get the idea.
Then there’s the advancements of the online world. Without Steve Jobs, people wouldn’t be able to give live coverage of fashion shows from their iPhones, and we all know how Derek Blasberg loves to Tweet at shows. People couldn’t do FaceTime or iChat meetings with colleagues or employees who are on the other side of the world. Think of all of the street style pictures you see where people are either talking or texting on their iPhone. It’s almost become a classic pose for the show-goers to be in while Mr. Newton or Tommy Ton takes their photo. Let’s consider all those bloggers, like the Man Repeller for instance, who would not be famous without their tech gear (she said at the IFB Conference back in September that Helmut Lang discovered her on Twitter, and she was probably Tweeting from her MacBook or iPhone. Makin’ connections.). That might be a bit of stretch, but think of all the things Mr. Jobs did for us! Think of all the jobs he created! Pun very intended.
When I told my mom what I was writing about for Chictopia this week, she said, “What, you mean the turtlenecks-and-jeans combo he wore all the time, and his Harry Potter glasses?” Oh, how I love my mother. I didn’t think of it before, but maybe he did have a bit of a say there too—notice how turtlenecks are coming back – Céline F/W 2011 collection , anyone?
The day that he died, I felt like someone could’ve written a sequel (can songs have sequels?) to “American Pie.” In the words of Billy Joel, “only the good die young”; Alexander McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Jobs. All of them had such a huge impact on the fashion industry that it’s hard to imagine where we’d be without them.
by Odelia Kaly
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