Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cooldudes of Berlin-Mitte, part 1:

Why have the men of Berlin have got the fashion thing down pat?

Why’s dat? They seem to be less confined by trends. I’m always coming across these dudes in Berlin Mitte who are true trailblazers, or maybe not even trailblazers. They just have their very own personal sense of style —and that’s what I envy, that’s what I aspire to without even knowing that I aspire to anything when I get dressed in the morning. I just know that when I go out of the house and I feel good, it’s usually because I’ve put an outfit that won’t be replicated by anyone at any time. That is, I, too, am no trailblazer, no trendmaker, but rather a trend(e)scaper when I feel my best.  (That sounds like a wear a bungee cord around my waist, even when I’m just going out to grab coffee, right? The reality is that i never “grab” coffee. I sit there for hours on end with one and bark at all the environmentally unfriendly to-go cuppers!)

This is also why sleepwalking into Zara is also ridden with guilt. Not just the human-rights guilt, but also the trend-victim kinda guilt. I feel like my own rights to my own decisions are being guided by the invisible hand of the market telling me that I need another (impossible to iron) ruffle shirt! Where is my willpower?

Herewith a plea to myself that if I just stick to the aforementioned cooldude look, I’m going to get better—eventually—at escaping the (mental and literal) clutches of Zara.

lesson no 1:

Pull up your dad socks up high and roll up those trousers. To state the obvious, stripes, checks and plaid work best when worn altogether.

lesson no 2:
Burlap sacks can be made into cool crossbody accessoires that make everything look paleo cool, especially when carrying a big stick you found in the local park.

lesson no 3:
Jazz up a button-down (office!) shirt by putting a net shirt underneath and call yourself the catch of the day!

lesson no 4:
Jazz down any and all bling with an unlikely captain’s hat.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bikini History, from the New York Times, too good not to re-post here

On this day in 1946, a French designer made bathing suit history — and helped popularize a trend of linking women to the devastating power of nuclear fission
Louis RĂ©ard named his tiny two-piece after Bikini Atoll, the Pacific outpost the U.S. was using to test the atom bomb’s effect on naval vessels. 
Women’s images had been painted onto World War II aircraft, and the plane that carried the bomb that devastated Hiroshima the previous year was named after the pilot’s mother, Enola Gay. 
The atomic tests kept up the tradition. You can listen to Orson Welles announce on his radio show that one bomb would be decorated with the likeness of his wife, the Hollywood star Rita Hayworth. It was stenciled onto the casing with the name of one of her roles, Gilda. 
There are many other examples. A few years later, Las Vegas introduced the “Miss Atomic Bomb” competition, combining two things Nevada was known for: its early nuclear tests and pinup girls. 
And American radio carried songs like “Atomic Baby” (1950) and “Radioactive Mama” (1960), whose lyrics suggest that a couple will “reach critical mass tonight.” 
Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.