the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Category: raver

on getting old

i think this post has something to do with this muxtape.

over the weekend, i took bella to a few of my old high school haunts. we loaded the cart with dresses, purses and a pair of ratty old cut-off levis. the thrift stores remained unchanged, almost identical to the way it was back in the day when the best pal and I used to wander through the aisles picking outfits for our weekly Maryvale high school fashion parade.

…that was 17 years ago.

(silence)

i can’t believe it.

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a siamese cat eye view

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Christian Dior Resort 2007

Cathy Horyn described it as

  • the Middle West of Arkansas and Oklahoma
  • vibrant redneck couture quality 
  • a kind of couture sensibility that never made it to Dallas or Fort Worth but maybe got as far as Oklahoma

she’s probably right. in fact,  I see what she’s saying. but, wouldn’t it be more fun if someone described Galliano’s latest stint as a tribute to the days of shopping at value village pre-ebay? 

those were the days! 

an endless heap of gold lame, sherbet colored taffeta, 1960s prom dresses, silk tunics and pantsuits with intricate beading and paisley trim. all for under $5.00!

it was a time when thrifting and wearing vintage was a huge faux pas. a secret uncovered and embraced by the very few: an awkward youth, a drama geek,  an ecentric or an outcast who couldn’t afford gucci and guess labels, who were awful at layering colored tshirts with matching socks and keds. 

somehow, molly ringwald’s character from pretty in pink spoke to us.

several years later, lady miss kier came along.

and suddenly we wore beehives and flips.

and our closets were packed with platforms and paisley pucci print dresses 

and, of course, the thicker the eyeliner the better the cat eye.  

so, in my head (at least for today) galliano’s latest journey is a time warp into my high school closet and a reminder of lady miss who inspired the groovy looks we used to wear to the raves downtown.

(deelite and lady miss kier photos from here). 

  

rave reviews

coming soon to a myspace profile near you:

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raver fashion

and

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the return of doc martins.

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in response to the resurgence of neon and platform moon boots, my cubie mate says,

“i had no idea the clothes the spice girls wore in spice world was out of fashion.”

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