Sunday, November 14, 2010

iconic/bionic.

How great is this photo?

Come trawl nytimes.com with me? It's part of my Sunday ritual. It used to take place over brunch in Toronto with fam, Sunday Styles being picked over and swapped with my aunt, reading every single article in the front section (the main one, with the masthead- does that have a particular name?) and scribbling down the titles of books, plays, music and blogs the paper recommended. Well, the cost of getting the NY Times delivered in hardcopy now is ridiculous, so on the internet I stay but dang, don't I find some gems. (See previous post)

For the fashionphiles, click over to here to read up what we already know anyway- that the fashion editors are having their moment of notoriety thanks to streetstyle blogs. The word 'icon' bothers me, though, because to me it connotes a timeless quality and lasting importance, so perhaps it's being applied a little prematurely here. Diana Vreeland is an icon but Anna Dello Russo? On her way, for sure, but not yet. Anyway, it's an interesting read if only to encounter the 'fashion blog devotee' who says that reading The Sartorialist is close to religion for her.*




*That sounds really bitchy, doesn't it? I just think it's amusing when the media gushes over the influence of fashion blogs like this. The quoted reader probably said that in a context which didn't make it sound so breathless but the article positions her, and those hapless 'Middle America(n)' readers, like neophytes, their recent conversion to style facilitated by that (new! edgy! wow!) harbinger of fashion enlightenment, BLOGS.There's obviously a grain of truth buried somewhere beneath the layers of enthusiasm but- but- but. There is something a bit groan-inducing about the tone of articles like this, I think. Anyway, into EndNote it goes. . .

5 comments:

  1. Isn't calling her an icon just in line with the general spread of the 'everyone is special' idea? It seems as though while once upon a time people had to be extraordinary to gain any recognition—to be considered special above and beyond the general populace—that this is no longer the case. Where once we had: The people, the leaders, the heroes, and the legends; we now have only the self-designated legends.

    It is quite amusing, and sad. Why is that people can no longer accept their own mediocrity? Does their own life hold so little value in their eyes that they feel they must sensationalise what they have? Do others sensationalise them because they, too, want that same recognition? That pulling the title down a few notches will make it more easily applicable to their own lives? Calling everyone 'special' simply cheapens the idea. Soon there will be so many self-made legends that there will be no-one left to write about them.

    GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE.

    I think the heat is making me irritable, today, but I truly have a low opinion of humanity sometimes.

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  2. But then again... Why the hell not?

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  3. It makes me think of a time when I heard/saw/read a character being told 'everyone's special' and the character replying, 'if everyone's special then no-one is.' Can't remember where it's from but your comment made it come to mind...

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  4. I'm sure it's been said by various people at various times, but...'The Incredibles'?

    Helen: Everyone's special, Dash.
    Dash: Which is another way of saying no one is.

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