Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

DSquared’s provocational fashion line & #Dsquaw hashtag

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Unfortunately, despite all the backlash, there’s been a follow-up to Ralph Lauren’s genocide chic advertising campaign, and this time it’s a Canadian designer at fault. It’s hard to say which is worse, Lauren’s ad campaign or DSquared’s new line and promotion, but I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s the latter. Not only is the new line show by DSquared at Milan Fashion Week a blatant mashup of …read more

Women in great trousers

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Beat these looks.

Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign. Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well. Sherman Alexie This week in colonial propaganda masquerading as history, we have Ralph Lauren …read more

Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. © Vancouver Sun I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are. In fact I may be as fed up with hipster-bashing as I am with the hipster phenomenon itself—in all its varieties. I think what bores me about most critiques of hipsters, though, is not …read more

The Hitler Youth haircut

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Google Hitler Youth haircut. When I did it, Google reported “About 50,300 results” for that phrase, and most of the hits were articles praising the contemporary version of the Hitler Youth undercut (or “curtained“) hairstyle. And many of its fans actually call it that with a blithe casualness: the Hitler Youth. Is this actually happening? The abrupt turn to the right in the 2014 European Parliament elections, including massive gains …read more

Arhuaca mochila bags of Colombia

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I first noticed these cylindrical handwoven bags in Medellín, Colombia, when I saw them worn by a couple of delegates at the UN World Urban Forum. I noticed them because they looked unusually sturdy, were very finely handwoven in wool, and all had unique and beautiful geometric patterns. After I arrived in Bogotá I realized they are actually common. The bag is called an arhuaca mochila and is a traditional …read more