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Sunday, July 25, 2004

"S Meisel shaved my eyebrows again" Dept

The Miuccia Prada/Conde Nast suckup jobs continue - here is what a "dyspeptic" NY Times hack had to say, in a story about robots:

"...Automatons, some fearsome, some friendly, populate a flurry of summer films, among them, of course, the pneumatic digital homemakers of "The Stepford Wives" and the elegantly attenuated silicone-and-metal men of "I, Robot...Some, like Miuccia Prada's whimsical, retro-futuristic digital men and women, suspended from key chains, have a nostalgic, endearingly cartoonish appeal...as some scholars argue, the current crop of robots, those designed to outperform their masters, stand as a metaphor for the relentless, and uniquely American, drive to self-improvement...That notion resonates in the fashion world, evidence, perhaps, of its enduring love-hate relationship with artifice. In this month's Italian Vogue, the photographer Steven Meisel slyly sends up a contemporary beauty ideal, training his lens on the androidlike features of a clutch of nearly identical models. Their eyebrowless features, lunar-pale skin and platinum wigs render them flawless to a degree that is seldom, if ever, seen in nature...The fascination with artifice is echoed, as well, in the window display at the Prada store on lower Broadway in Manhattan. "

so - learn to love the robot, buy Conde Nast mags, make sure to visit the Prada store in lower Manhattan - and then get ready for robotic but "aspirational" models to hit NYC. Pass the sickbag...

Here is a Blog value-added feature - "interpretations for the somewhat clueless and those who couldn't care less about NYC fashion heroes":

Like the man was singing,

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the USA
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, Hey babe
Take a walk on the wild side
She said, Hey honey
Take a walk on the wild side
...
Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
...

Holly exists, he/she is transvestite actress Holly Woodlawn, star of Andy Warhol's Trash (1970), also in Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
(Not relevant herself, but the fact that she "plucked her eyebrows" and the resulting transformation)
Yours Truly commented before on the local basse classe Warholite influence, evident in every aspect of NYC "fashion" - "cool" NY fashionistas "pay homage" to their fave transvestites every chance they get - which explains why some "cool" models look they way they look...
I posted on Jackie Curtis before, Warhol's fave tranny, who looked like -recent- beauty queen Karen Elson. It could be that they are all big Gary Glitter fans, but I doubt it...

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