Washington Post

Fashion Week begins, and so does an entire industry's angst over its very existence

Of course, fashion matters - otherwise we would all be hemp-wearing drones shuffling about in a world drained of color, tactile pleasures and self-expression. Foto: Stine Bidstrup

NEW YORK - On Thursday evening, the informal start of Fashion Week, the first of the womenswear designers had just unspooled a beautiful collection of wearable, desirable and creative clothes, not on a runway but at a small dinner party at La Mercerie downtown, when the nagging question that haunts the fashion industry was verbalized: Does fashion matter?..

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