Alexey Bazhenov: As a social mechanism, fashion tends to disrupt automatism. Its main function is to bring one back to pure perception.
The violation of automatism is achieved not by an adolescent nihilism against everything, but by a story based on something new. People follow opinion leaders. Leaders follow those who have a backbone. Gucci, Balenciaga and other successful brands are not based on denial; rather, they have a peculiar new backbone that society eagerly studies.
A product should provide a psychological comfort and convey a message like "All cool guys that you follow will want to look like in spring 2020". The choice of clothes may seem to be a search for individuality, but in fact, it is a search for confidence. Instagram along side with a trend for continuous changes of one's look turn a person into a cocoon, empty and full of pain and self-distrust.
Only the strongest personalities manage to integrate their inner world with the outside, and turn their clothes into objects of art, social utterances, and messages about their moods and wishes. Other people try to guess what character will become fashionable. Entire industries are built around inventing such characters.
Freud used a concept very close to the "automatism violation". He extends psyche to biology and further to the laws of inorganic matter.
All internal body processes are conservative and are aimed at reducing stress. In a living cell, the ultimate reduction of stress is its transition to the inorganic matter which means its death. Evolution is possible through the adaptation of an organism to external conditions. In line with that, the brain has developed from the outer layer of a cell, the epithelium. Biological, psychological, and social progress is only possible through external relations.
In line with Freud's idea, the development of social structures, including fashion, should be based on the disruption of automatism, on the breakdown of internal conservative tendencies leading to non-existence, and on the development of external relations.
Social connections allow a vital system to adapt and evolve, and inhibit conservative tendencies of closed social and individual systems. Everything that is truly new moves forward and is against automatism.