Food and Fashion: do they actually mix?

by Melissa Lupo

An unlikely pair, Food and Fashion are all the rage, but do they really go?

Is it possible to be as happy stirring broth on a sleek Electrolux stove as you are in the Dior salon, sipping espresso while caressing next season’s delicious collection? For me, yes.

Maybe like me, your world goes quiet when your hand brushes over the studs on a leather Balenciaga bag and time stands still in that first 30 seconds you smooth on a new Tom Ford lipstick.

My heart flutters at the sight of a pair of shiny nude patent leather Sergio Rossi heels (spotted in Paris two weeks ago), and I feel powerful and sensual with fur around my neck and black leather pants.

…but I could also spend all day wandering outdoor markets with coffee in my hand in search for the perfect mushrooms or a fruit I’ve never seen, or try 15 different salts, or make sauces all day in the kitchen with a long apron and a view of the sea.

Not a fashionista nor a foodie, I’m after a story. I love to feel a part of a carefully tailored experience, and the better it is, the longer you want to take to enjoy, it actually seems to slow life down.

Making sauce is nice, but when it’s a mix from a box and I just need to add water, it loses it’s appeal.

The level at which food and fashion co-exist is where the story is built into the product, when the fabric or the olive oil is the result of careful thought with a clearly intended message.

Luxury is not about excess, but actually about creating an ultimate product, with intention behind each piece its composition.

Fast fashion and fast food is a reality that seems more accessible, but it’s easy to take more than you need and the individual experience becomes less valued since there is always another one around the corner.

When something is harder to get, you want it more though, don’t you? The wanting, the desire for something is often half of the excitement. The build up of getting next season’s jacket makes you think in detail of how it will feel when you snap, zip, or tie it closed, knowing the designer was thinking of these details too.

No matter how we advance technology, we are not going to replace one key step in the production process: choice. Every choice that is made along the way from the grain of leather in a Birkin bag to the type of flour in an artisanal pasta, is made by a person with a clear vision of how it plays out into the finished product.

There are cheap, copied and vulgar versions of both food and fashion but these two worlds do in fact blend. They share a common trait, that when they’re realized with refined expertise, it is an enlightening experience.


Prada popcorn by Tyler Shields
Melissa Lupo photographed by Dennison Bertram & Sarah Barnes
Melissa Lupo coat by MARGE Clothing

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