Last Saturday evening, I met few close friend of mine, and we were celebrating one of the girls’ belated birthday with some Mexican food in Mayfair. My friend, D, who’s taking her last year at BA Film Study (also the birthday girl) told us she was doing a film called “The Ostrich”: It’s a love story between a couple. They are deeply in love with each other, the woman wants a baby, but the man is just trying to avoid. The behaviour is just like Ostrich when the trouble comes; Ostrich often puts its head into the sand to “protect” itself. And of course, by the end of the story, the man became an Ostrich. It was a bit quirky, but it also made me think, even connect to all of us in our lives. Are we sometimes just like the Ostrich, when the trouble comes, we prefer to put our heads in the sand (Avoiding), rather than facing the truth? How many times have I, have we choose to hypnotise ourselves to live in an interface which looks safe, and leaves the reality to happen outside the interface?
In a relationship, most likely, when we are crazy about a person, the Ostrich appears because of we panic, we are afraid of losing him/her. For instance, in a relationship, Violence happens sometimes, but why some people are still willing to suffer then keep working on fixing it? the “Ostrich” thought: “He / She used to say I’m everything, even the violence happened, he/she didn’t mean it, I was just a bad day, or couple bad days, or could be months, but it only because there are bad incidents in his/her life, I should stay.
Well, once you put your head in the sand, the reality is just a fragile bubble, isn’t it?
Fashion sometimes make us become the “Ostrich.” Once my friends and I are saying we are not interested in running between fashion weeks anymore, and why is that? Anna Wintour still attends, big names are still dressing at their best for making appearances.
And so many people are craving for an entrance. It’s true, because for successful people, business people, celebrities, influencers, it’s their job and responsibility to show up, it is a part of their careers. But for another group, which I call them “ Fashion Wannabes.” It refers to a group who have no job, no taste at all (Misreading the true meaning of fashion), who think wearing a pair of curtain with some roller skaters would get them the attention they want. (It is just a bit radical example, but I saw somebody wore the similar things around Brewer Street while BFC was still using the carpark as a show space). Hence, it is never about the new collections. What I have seen is so many young people are selling their souls for make games —— become famous for nothing but the hideous attire (they call it fashion). Is it the real fashion or they just saw whatever is inside the sand and made a somewhat random conclusion by themselves?
In fact, it is not the fashion week we are no longer interested in; it is about keeping away from the “Wannabes,” they are the Fashion Ostriches. People think the fashion industry is a place where offers whoever gets the most attention even they never really work hard, their “extravagance” in the front of the cameras would make them feel they are celebrities.
Well, in my opinion, This is just a very typical Ostrich way of thinking about the reality.