Sweater - DIY Chopped Vintage from Salvation Army $5, Belt - Phillip Lim from Neiman Marcus Bargain Box $20 (!), Skirt - Vintage from SLOW $15, Bag - Vintage from Army Surplus Store $5, Sunglasses - Vintage from San Francisco Alameda Flea Market $15, Shoes - from American Rag $100, Jewelry - Konstantino and Los Angeles Melrose Flea Market from $5 to $2000.
It feels good to be back in California! I have been traveling for the past two weeks for work and got to come home to copious amounts of work emails and expense reports. Egad! I tried to take today as an emotional "detox" day. I did a little online shopping, went out to lunch on Melrose, then headed to Book Soup on Sunset where my friend Colleen works and where Patton Oswald was doing a Q&A.
Alright, alright: let's move along to more weighty content, shall we? So, the web has been abuzz with opinions regarding this new blog called I Hurt I Am In Fashion. I perused this blog for a while and had a mixed response. While there is some great social commentary (like little jabs at agencies taking advantage of their models, occasional jabs at the predatory Terry Richardson, and jabs at racism in the industry), there is also a lot of commentary that is negative and upsetting. The intent of the blog seem schizophrenic at best. One minute it seems like the goal is to illuminate the industry's exploitation of young girls, the next minute it seems to humiliate the girls in question. They personally insult the models for having a lack of intellect, judgement, agency, or appropriate body measurements. Alternatively, the blog will personally insult anything remotely avant-garde, seeming to stifle creative exploration.
I think what upsets me the most is the fact that this blog shames these girls/women for their profession. The commentary assigned for each photo turns the subject into a victim without taking into account that person's personal story or experiences. The myriad comparisons to prostitution are multi-faceted in their inappropriate nature, whether you support sex workers or not. The bottom line is that it is unfair to make assumptions that are at best unkind and at worst completely humiliating, pairing them with a photo of a person. From an outsider's perspective (and this is purely in regards to viewing images and associated copy), the blog does more to humiliate and take advantage of these models than the fashion industry does. Fashion magazines at least portray these young women as beautiful and powerful, where this blog portrays them as mindless cattle to be mocked and pitied. While it is true that there are a number of concerning issues revolving the fashion industry's current modus operandi, these issues need be dealt with in a manner that is sensitive to innocent parties.
I'm curious to know what Tavi will have to say about all of this. No, we are not on a first name basis. Psh, I wish.