three cheers for rodarte!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The mystery jets are so fantastic, I love their music & their silly but charming videos. But more than anything I love their lyrics
"You wrote your number on my hand
But it came off in the rain"
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
If somebody is being obnoxious and trying to show off by dropping words of another language into their speech, I think it is better to laugh at them (quitely) rather than get angry. I used get really annoyed at how obnoxious people were, but really there's no point in being angry. After all, most people will see how silly this somebody is, they are causing themselves enough damage as it is. Laughing is all you can do! (and hope it is a phase people grow out of)
But what's most impressive is that there are people who manage to sound ridiculous and obnoxious in only one language! No need to rely upon misused French to sound silly, for an example just read anything by Germaine Greer, or anything by literary theory academics!
Painting: Chop Suey by Edward Hopper
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
oh man, I love this! The song is really catchy, in a trancy, vogueing in the car kind of way.
But I love the video too...probably because I love Shanghai to death, but also because the singers don't take themselves too seriously. At first I thought it was pretentious, and a bit offensive, since they clearly don't know a huge amount about chinese culture beyond the cliches, but then I realised that it shows a slightly tongue-in-cheek interest in China, which is actually pretty cool!
It sort of reminds me of the film Marie-Antoinette, where Sofia Coppola combined new wave and post punk music with a totally incongruous era. And that suits Shanghai too: a city full of contrasts, a chaotic jubilant jumble of everything imaginable.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Being called fashionable is hardly a compliment; after all, many trends are unflattering and vacuous ways for unimaginative designers to make a buck or two. To quote Oscar Wilde: “fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to change it every six months”! Whilst I don’t agree with him, I can understand how someone could feel that way, seeing anyone and everyone misguidedly fling themselves upon plaid shirts like lemmings (and I recline in my gladiator sandals, like the secret trend whore/hypocritical snob I am).
(I'm not sure where this photo is from...coco's tea party perhaps?)
she always looks very “of the moment”, but only follows trends that are in tune with her personal style and body shape.
Elegance was a quality distilled in Genevieve Antoine Dariaux’s book, with the ingenious name of...elegance. Elegance is something really rare, but when you see it, even the most unfashionable mailmen are deeply impressed. Our neighbour when I was a child was an extremely elegant woman, who always seemed to brighten everyone’s day by her presence. Elegance also seems to be something that evolves with age, whereas fashion, glamour and even style seem to tarnish with age. I think elegance is something I admire, but since I’m young, I’m a bit too experimental with fashion to be called elegant!
This brings me to chic – definitely a coveted compliment, but rather overused in magazines on styles which hardly deserve the adjective! Chic is definitely a quality of youth, a quality of the ingénue, the gamine. It’s no co-incidence I’m using French words – Audrey Tautou embodies my idea of chic, especially in the film Hors de Prix(I think it’s called Priceless in English).
So what’s the verdict? All these words mean different things, and really suit different people. No one word is more complimentary than any other, and since I like to play around with different styles all the time, it’s good to appreciate the advantages of all those qualities of fashion. Things have changed since Wilde’s day – the great thing about fashion today is that it also celebrates individuality and imagination.