Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

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. You get “About 50,300 results” for that phrase, and most of the hits are articles praising the contemporary version of the Hitler Youth undercut (or “curtained“) hairstyle. And they actually call it that, the Hitler Youth. Is this actually happening? The abrupt turn to the right in the 2014 European Parliament elections, including massive gains for the far-right anti-immigration National Front in France, the anti-immigration and …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

Secos & Molhados – Sangue Latino

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Oh 1973, I am so happy to see you yet again. Last week it was Sensations Fix, and then yesterday someone posted Sangue Latino by Secos & Molhados. I hadn’t heard it in years. Brazil does glam folk rock. So very beautiful.

Gulabi gang

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

India’s Gulabi gang in beautiful pink. Gulabi means “rose” in rose.” “The Gulabi gang is a group of women vigilantes active across North India. It is named after the pink saris worn by its members. The group was founded as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them with bamboo sticks. In 2008, they stormed an electricity office and forced officials to restore the …read more