Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg Are Gross

Since I moved to New York especially, it seems 60's French pop is inescapable. Sometimes I think if I hear that song "Bonnie and Clyde" with Jane Birkin or whoever* it is singing in that French accent I'm gonna kill someone. It seems like everyone can conveniently play this shit because it is retro and French and seems vaguely stylish and won't offend. I am also tired of seeing photos of lank, blank-faced Jane Birkin and disturbingly frog-like Serge Gainsbourg all over fashion inspiration posts like he is not old enough to be her inbred father.

It's as though we've forgotten these canonical relationships of past eras were informed by the extreme sexism of their day, especially the 1960's era musicians and "their women."

Seriously, these look like people you'd see getting into a violent altercation in a dollar store.

Ugh! What is this nasty chauvinistic shit? May I remind you he sang a song called "Lemon Incest" with his teenage daughter? Aside from the fact that people still seem convinced the French are superior fashion-wise to Americans even though I see French people everyday who look just as shittily dressed as those of us in the US, with the advent of fast-paced modern technology it matters less and less what the story of the images we are posting as inspiration on our blogs are.

I recently read Faithfull by Marianne Faithfull, and for much of the book, she talks about being depressed, drug-addicted, anorexic, angry regarding how she was used and only valued for her beauty, all the while this fiction of her as a person and especially Mick Jagger's girlfriend was being created. But these aspects don't show up in our inspiration posts.

It's not like we can't post photos of Marianne to inspire us, but if we have the internet to repost photos we know nothing about, we also have it as tool to find out about these people and not gloss over the fact that Serge Gainsbourg is gross, you know?

*I guess it was Bridget Bardot. Whatevs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Space Is the Place

How I love the 70's and early 80's space aesthetic: the far-out, alien fortress architecture with its narrow black slices of windows, the colorful pod-like electronics, the laser-y, glowing, jewel-colored geometric interiors of spaceships in sci-fi movies....of course, all the home goods associated with this era are ultra collectible and really expensive. If only the future had really turned out to look like this, instead of really ugly, like it's turning out.


I'm selling some very cute vintage on ebay, ends tonight!

Sorry, I posted this on both my blogs, if anyone is reading one or the other. Speaking of which, for some reason I wrote that I had two fashion blogs on my resume and when I first moved to Brooklyn, New York I dropped off a resume at Brooklyn Industries (basically a very, very middle of the road retail chainlet who sell t-shirts with bikes and other stuff very slightly too edgy for the Gap) because I was desperate and the manager read the resume and she was like, "Two fashion blogs?" And I was like "God I am such a moron like that is going to impress someone." True story!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I Have a Dream

Uh, I was planning on putting this MLK Day Google logo up on MLK day this year, but didn't. Just a little reminder from Google of the post-racial society we are now blessed to live in. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back.

Summer Trends

IN! Topknots

OUT! Bookstores