Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

DSquared’s provocational fashion line & #Dsquaw hashtag

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Despite all the backlash to Ralph Lauren’s genocide chic advertising campaign last year, it seems designers have either learned nothing, or conversely they’ve learned that outrage is free and effective PR in the fashion world.

This time it is a Canadian designer using racism and cultural appropriation to sell clothes.

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Women in great trousers

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Beat these looks.

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Vivienne Westwood: The whole 20th C was a mistake

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Via The Guardian:  “A status symbol is a book… that’s status.” “Punk was just an excuse for people to run around…it was just a fashion that became a marketing opportunity.” “The whole 20th C was a mistake… throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” “Study art and you become a freedom fighter.”

More from Westwood here.

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“Wear a towel instead of a coat, it’s very chic.”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Am tired of the Shit_____Says meme, but do look at Shit Vivienne Westwood Says anyway. It’s via the green fashion site Ecouterre. A few samples from it are reproduced here.

Westwood’s design work has always been interwoven with politics and philosophy. I mean, this is true of everyone—aesthetics are always the thin end of the wedge of a philosophy that is always present whether admitted or not—but with Westwood it’s conscious and overt.

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Stumbling upon NY Fashion Week by accident

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I was there by accident. These people were not.

Apparently it’s “anything goes” in fashion right now, but that’s been true for a while. Anyway, it’s never really “anything goes” – there are always those weird, arbitrarily-imposed rules. But it does feel like a confusing, shifting mishmash right now.

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In the nomad style

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Every few years this romance of ethnic plus nomad comes back around. For a previous example, see 2008. This year it seems to have returned as the usual Siberian/Mongolian nomad style, but hybridized with a specific pastiche of ethnic costumes and craft embellishments. Fashion in the west loves to memorialize whatever is recently lost, especially if it’s lost thanks to the West’s own economic encroachments.

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