Another week has flown by and here we are again, back in my brain's attic, or is it the sub-basement? I can never tell. Anyhow here comes your Scatter to the week!
As globalization continues to spread, a seemingly endless array of differing ways of employing the Attire language are emerging. These images are of some of the Fashion Rebels of Praetoria, South Africa. Pulling influences and garments from multiple cultures and sources, they are creating a new dialog that is cheeky, crosses gender boundaries, and challenges us to think differently.
One of the significant changes for men in the past decade or so is the increasing importance of the perfectly sculpted body. Its become your first accessory. And the biggest indicators that you have the right accessory are sculpted pecs, and 8 pack abs. I understand, and have written many times about the desire we have to mark ourselves as members of a group, culture or tribe. This is exactly that mechanism in action. What is different of course, is that it is affecting our very bodies, and how we feel about them. While I will not fault the desire to be fit, what I find worrisome is that its ramping up the level of anxiety around having just the right body. Of course, women have been dealing with this for a long time now. And the feminist in me has trouble feeling sympathetic with men who are struggling with this. But in the larger cultural sense, this damages all of us, when we try to force ourselves into a mold that is not really who we are. So by all means be fit, but don't lose yourself in the process.
This goes in the WTH category, even for me. The notion of the long trimly cut tunic is fine. But making it sheer, and then just plonking a Speedo on the model? And the back pack? In the words of Nina Garcia, "who is this person and where are they going?" This is a great example of an ensemble that is visual gibberish. The various elements are not working in harmony to create a cohesive visual remark. These are three conflicting things, so we cannot use them to work out purpose, emotion, or thought.
So, there you have it, another Scatter duly delivered. No go have fun this weekend!