June 18, 2009

i run like the breeze to catch this life

the clothes aren't mindblowing or anything but i really like illionaire's winter09 lookbook (found via bree apperley's tumblr)




>>children of vision, a shop in new zealand mentioned me on their cool blog which was a really happy surprise!! they stock a lot of labels i love including romance was born and tv so i'm definitely going to be checking out their online shop when it opens in a few weeks

adorable still from "woman of water"


what's the deal with that rule saying you should only wear band tees of bands you listen to? i think this sort of thinking is so "western". it seems to me westerners are obsessed with the idea of "realness" and "authenticity" as a measure of coolness. the japanese are generally a bunch of posers where fashion is concerned so i just don't get it. if we can dress around themes like "the 60s!" or "tribal!" then how is wearing a random band you don't know so different? most clothing is already an appropriation of some culture/lifestyle/time period we don't belong to anyway so i think there's very little you can wear (and very little fun) if you start worrying about authenticity.
what do you think?

8 comments:

the_kitten said...

From Mods, to hippies, to punks or hip-hoppers, in Europe and the US youth culture with all its ideas and ideals has always been very tightly and strongly connected with music. And theres lots history behind it and I take the whole music thing really serious, too! Also, I think that when you are showing off certain insignia and symbols connected to a certain genre or idea of that concept of youth culture, you should stand for it. If you dont and just pose - like so many Japanese do - it comes off as a mere caricature, which just isnt so sexy. For example punks are by nature anti-fascist, while in Japan "punks" love to flash swastikas, which makes apparent that a whole idea gets lost (besides the fact that its stupid). As always, I guess it is about the idea for me, and with it probably comes authenticity. As for band T-shirts, I wouldnt ask you if you really listen to the Rolling Stones or Public Enemy. For me, its just prints. Espesh in Japan I dont take anything serious anymore (espesh when it comes to music -_-). I never knew that there is a rule, but come to think of it I dont wear band Ts because it would have been one I really identify with? So I probs take it a tad more serious too without noticing...

the_kitten said...

*it would have to be one I really identify with

sry.

the_kitten said...

As for time-periods or themes like "tribal!", "grunge!", "neo-homeless!" - I think the ideas behind them are less clearly defined, so the re-interpretations of these ideas can be more easily expression for a certain ideal that we wish it to be and wish to re-assert in the contemporary mind-set, but of course in a complete different context. Like "grunge" today is so expensive, as by A.Wang or expensive studs and chain jewelry. For me it says "we are rich and well off now, but we dont care and dont want to care and so we rip our jeans and look all rebellious, we look like Kurt Cobain and youll get the idea"! Its coding. While bands are finished mottos.

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Jolie Roux said...

I like your idea dude, totally original.

yui said...

vicky: "it comes off as a mere caricature, which just isnt so sexy. "is exactly the sort of vagueness (that "western" ideal) im talking about. anything is "a mere caricature" in the end, you in your frilly polkadot teaparty dress, me in my plaid jesus dress....
bands may be finished mottos in themselves (altho that is questionable i reckon...) but the moment they are printed onto a tshirt they become just another symbol

the_kitten said...

ah I came across your answer by chance because i wanted to quote sth from this post haha, hope itll be okay!

yeaaaah, its more fun being a caricature when you know you're a caricature, tho. Otherwise it'd be like you are seriously trying to draw a portrait and show it off but people can never take your picture and you serious but never tell you so haha. i just take authencity as a measure because im not sure what else to take as a measure for real "coolness" to be honest. dont take it too serious, a print is a print is a print for me anyway.

Chloe Langford said...

so true re: westerner's obsession with authenticity.