Thursday, March 8, 2007

Nu Rave...I Think

Remember ravers? Remember how in the early to mid 90's people were still into raving, and wearing plastic children's jewelery they charmingly referred to as "candy" and doing a lot of ecstasy and apparently some people did so much ecstasy they didn't have happiness left or something? Have you ever wished rave-related music and fashion, after that long, long absence would come back, but with more of an ironic feel, a more self-consciously ugly thing going on? How about if it was dressed in sherbet orange leggings, a fanny pack, teal framed glasses, and some loudly patterned straight-jacket looking thing?

To be honest, I don't know if the people above are "Nu Rave" technically, but whatever. According to Wikipedia, it's "a style of music fusing elements of electronic dance music and rock, which developed in the UK in 2006." Whether nu rave is a media construct or a legitimate style of music (who am I kidding, there is no way a band named Shitdisco is going to be good), nu rave has been mentioned many times in terms of fashion, and tends to be associated with the bright colors/gold chains/neon resurgence/extremely fugly look shown above. Anyway, it doesn't matter if nu rave really is Electroclash all over again (remember when people used that word all the time? Ha.) because fashion trends don't need to be connected with authentic musical ones to catch on, and spread like a horrible disease through the youth of America and Western Europe.

3 comments:

Gaby + Simone said...

don't forget eastern europe! and japan! everyone loves the nu rave. it's like "new wave", get it?!

Anonymous said...

This isn't called "nu rave", it's called being an individual. Of course you know nothing of that since you follow whatever celebrities wear and what mainstream fashion mags tell you is "in" this year. You don't have the guts to pull this off. I'd rather look like the girl above than a plain Jane chick who thinks jeans and flip flops are the height of fashion.

M said...

dude, have you even read my blog? in case you haven't noticed, i am all ABOUT dressing creatively and wouldn't be caught dead in jeans and flip flops. (the horror!) all these nu rave people are as much slaves to trends as people who shop at the mall.

plain jane? i am seriously offended.