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Thursday, August 19, 2004

From our archives...

A recent post reminded me of a feature that appeared in magazine BUTT - it's a Dutch gay magazine, very popular with the "supercool", several of their advertisers are also present in US Vogue.
It's an interview with NYC's darling designer and a champion of the edgy/preppy teen look

This is the link to the original BUTT magazine article online

What's the point?
Well, people (devoted MJ fans - or not) who find Paris Hilton or J-Lo "slutty" (because they've "exposed" themselves at some point), disapprove in general of women who are showing too much "flesh" and/or advocate a "Mary Poppins" dress style -for now anyway- but tend to find MJ's lifestyle choices acceptable (I have no comment on that btw) are quite vocal in high fashion - and seem to always be ready to snipe at the same targets, usually anything to to do with female sensuality and sex appeal, in sort the stuff that appeals to "straight men" - who are supposed to read only "men's mags" to satisfy their "vices".
In this respect, the backgrounds of important biz figures like MJ, and how some people compare and judge lifestyles is a subject that merits attention - people will always choose to see only what they want to see, but I am posting this for the people who are looking for more than superficial motives...
(text modified to clear up any confusion...)

Factoid - when MJ did his first show for L Vuitton, he showed only one bag -when asked about it, he said that real fashion designers design clothes, while bags are just accessories. I guess AW and her pals convinced him otherwise, since he learned to love bags a lot more.


At 8/19/2004 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused, dear FV. What exactly is in Marc Jacobs' "lifestyle" that merits comparison to Paris Hilton and J.Lo? The fact that he lives in a quiet Parisian apartment with his boyfriend and walks his dog in the park every morning? What are you trying to prove with this? My mind is wandering here and I'm hoping you don't mean what I'm thinking you might mean. Please clarify as I wish to give you the benefit of the doubt.

At 8/19/2004 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well - the connection is obvious, people who feel comfortable with "alternative" lifestyles are hardly the ones who should condemn "excess nudity" or "unethical" behaviours - otherwise, they are being hypocritical..

btw - some people are critical at "underage" K Kurkova for having an affair with a "older" man - I wonder if they would feel the same about MJ, who also had an affair with an older man at a similar age... get the point????

Or is it too complicated?????

In any case - I am just reposting an obscure interview that reveals more about MJ than the his PR people would like - blame him for giving the interview if you don't like it...

At 8/19/2004 3:06 PM, Blogger FV said...

the anonymous was me btw - to add to that, I am tired of people who are victims of an conformist educational system that supresses critical thinking to avoid Columbine-type incidents, combined with a oppressive family-induced fanatical (sometimes religion-driven) adversion to the human body

The end result of which is people who think "nude" females belong only to naughty "T&A" mags for men, and women in bikinis are "soft porn"

Nude men are not even discussed, much less shown, even though the same people may find "alternative" lifestyles acceptable
(as long as they don't meet in the same sex club)

Gender confusion is the logical aftermath, when you are being punished for even imagining a member of the opposite sex without too many clothes - and are afraid of expressing your desire in public

High fashion people promote this mentality for a number of reasons, and I'll point that out every time they piss me off

At 8/19/2004 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't have an issue with Mr. Jacobs' interview. I had an issue with you deeming his "alternative" lifestyle as somehow trashy, debauched, or disturbing. I don't know. Maybe it's just me but Paris Hilton seems more of a threat to "good taste" (whatever that may be), than little Marc Jacobs who quietly lives his ROARINGLY HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE in a quaint French apartment.

I think one can advocate both "ladylike chic" and alternative lifestyles without being a hypocrite. In fact, I find it quite a stretch to even link the two subjects together. No one cares about Karolina's affair with an older man. And similarly, no one should find Marc Jacobs' home life outré or shocking.


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