Friday, January 22, 2010

Prejudice won't keep you warm tonight.

I wore my shiny Thursday best to go see a late showing of Youth in Revolt last night. Seriously, I don't care if Michael Cera is the Keanu Reeves of awkward teen films - he always manages to charm the pants off me! It wasn't an amazing movie but it did have its moments. "I want to tickle your bellybutton from the inside!" My sense of humour is seriously skewed.

PS - Does anyone want to discuss how utterly revolting this "Why I Hate Fashion" article is?


Anonymous said...

Haha. It's standard crap from Tanya Gold - everything she writes for the Guardian makes me want to eat my fists :-)

You look pretty!

nicc said...

Girl you know (since my spamming on twitter) I want to comment *cough*rant*cough about this.
Just at the start of the article I get the feel of some kind of juvenile revenge vibe. That since she is a published author "FINALLY I GET MY REVENGEZ ON EVIL FASHION".
Her points are somewhat simplistic, with reasoning behind them. It could be someone getting back at the popular kid in high school, but it's not even that.
I'm not sure if I can explain it properly for the examples she uses...have been rehashed over and over again. "I'm a normal girl, but I hate fashion!" "Skinny models dying!" "Small clothes are meant for the dying girls who don't eat" . And I severly disagree with the generalization of every woman liking fashion is doing it "to make the men want you".
Nor is her reasoning about "belonging" correct. For if she sees fashion as belonging she had a very wrong idea (at least I think so). Maybe she hates fashion because she had the wrong idea about it in the first place. Also (GOSH I'M MAKING THIS TOO LONG) her saying that fashion calls saying "it will fix you" makes me mad.
She's looking at the surface of what fashion is. She is re-hashing old ideas and the basic ideas of why people hate fashion.
If all this makes sense, great. If it's all drabble that has come out of my mind? sorry for taking up comment space.

Peacock's Hat said...

Loving the combination of sequins and the amazing Victorian dress, and of course the brogues.
Oh my goodness, what a ridiculous article. It's a bit like when I read things that blame fashion entirely for eating disorders. No, those girls (and boys) have a lack of self-esteem from way before they were exposed to fashion- although it may have exacerbated those problems, if people feel happy and secure in their own bodies before then they can approach fashion as what it's meant to be-something fun and creative.
As for blaming fashion for the death of that girl- how ridiculous. Not to speak ill of the dead, it was a terrible accident, but it was her choice to wear those shoes, the fashion industry didn't force them onto her feet.

Rhiannon said...

Wow, I kind of love that article! I'm glad someone wrote it . . . I have such a love/hate relationship with fashion . . . I wish I didn't get so excited by new seasons/trends/blogs/shows and didn't feel the need to waste money on shoes and dresses and I wish I could be smart and spend my money on books instead and my time on reading and learning more important things than what to wear this season, but . . .

(the Anna Karenina/16 yr old girl getting thrown under train due to high heels parallel was sort of off)

Sorry to disagree. But I do love your outfit--Isabel Victorian-grunge outfits are always my favorites.

JordanMayTwigs said...

.O.K. what in the world is wrong with this woman?!!?!

She goes along the ENTIRE article bashing fashion and people.
Then the TRUTH comes out.

She wouldn't feel this way if she weren't fat.
She only feels this way because she is miserable with HERSELF.
And since she is a writer she feels that she is entitled to "speak her mind".
Just like your title of this post says.
She hates fashion because she is rejected in our world.
Maybe it's different in England.
I don't know.

This bitch has royally PISSED ME OFF.

I mean yeah.
I'm a 20 year old 5'5 94 pounds woman.
Am I a bad person for it???

Am I evil because I choose to go to Cosmtology school INSTEAD OF GOING TO A UNIVERSITY??
I guess according to her I must be.
Since I'm also a part time model in the city.
I must be annorexic too huh??

This chick needs to get the hell off her damn ass and not blame us for her short comings and lack of plain old self control!!

.O.K. I'm done.
I think.
I'm beyond pissed.
And want to smack her.
But I think I'm going to be alright.

Peace Love && Lipstick

Leah said...

It was a hideous article. Filled with sweeping generalisations and poor examples to justify her opinions. Essentially, the article lumps beauty ideals, consumerism and anything to do with trends under the title of 'fashion'. When in fact, though there are elements of all those things in 'fashion', could you not in fact broaden the term to encompass personal style, creative flair, craftsmanship and so forth?
I don't know. I'm sure I could analyse it to the nth degree/think of points back, but instead I'm going to quietly go about enjoying fashion for myself and leave Ms Gold to her ignorance and insecurity. Or apparently her newly found security now that she is free from the evil that is fashion...

blukats said...

Just want to say I'm not thin and I love fashion. I can't wear heels and I love fashion. I'm not a teenager or in my 20's and I love fashion. If a person wants to, they can find good stuff to wear. Doesn't have to be tight or be heels, heck, I love your style and it definitely is stuff people of many sizes can wear.

I think claiming this writer hates fashion because she is fat is kind of agreeing with her skewed perspective. It's giving into an idea that ad agencies try to shove down our throats. Instead of blaming them or runway models or desigers or high heels (people slip in flats too, but heck that is something she failed to mention), she and others who feel the same way need to take a look around and figure out what can work for them.

mckenziepaige said...

I need to see that movie, and you look lovely; like always.

Her article inspires to go spend half my paycheck on an article of clothing I've been dying to have in my closet. The girl in the high heels will go down as a fashion martyr.

kasmslo said...

That woman looks frighteningly depressed (with a sadistic twang) and I can't help but think her (blatantly transparent?) insecurities are falsifying the chief objection behind fashion. Nice job on limiting the industry to the confines of social idealism and marketing manipulation. If she could surmount her narrow-minded preoccupation with generalized media fabrications, maybe she could see the true artistic intention of the medium? I'll never buy the "I'M FAT SO THEREFORE I AM NOT FASHION" inferences either. Take for example: Beth Ditto. Beth Ditto is the absolute personification of a confident curvy woman who fully embraces the artful spirit of fashion without imprisoning herself to boundaries ("boundaries" being: debilitating and premature diffidence).

Lucia said...

"I can look at the clothes on the catwalk now and laugh at their imbecility." Imbecility? Right from this line you just know she is beyond any point of reconciliation. For me, at least, fashion is a form, a branch, of art. She is making a gross generalization about artwork, which you should really interpret for yourself. She really needs to get a life.

Floral Wraith said...

She hates Selfridges.


What the hell is wrong with her?

emily brooks said...

you're so cute !
keep doing what you do girllll <3 lots of love

emily said...

she obviously does not understand what fashion is about. or rather, style. ugh. love your outfit, though, especially the tights and scarf!

Madeleine said...

May i just say that the article by Tanya Gold is ridiculous? Because it is. She obviously never learned that fashion is a creative industry full of self expression! It was really strange that she would just go and blame the death on the heels the girl was wearing. Ugh. I can't even begin to express the shock I feel at how strange this woman's article was! And how untrue! Fashion may look like that to some people, but only to the ones who do not appreciate its creative and inspiring aspects- including Tanya Gold.

BTW, I very much love your outfit, especially those amazing tights, and that DRESS. Beatiful!

Shanoya said...

My personal relationship with fashion is bittersweet. So, I liked the article. It's agreed that the train girl incident was a bit much.
I love the personal aspect of fashion, making it your own. I love experimenting and taking things to the next level. Although there is a slew of fashion magazines, icons and it designers that people look to for guidance. They prescribe what fashion means. Those ideals are what I hate about fashion. I think that was what Gold was speaking too or atleast thats what I got from it.
I have never meet a lover of fashion who hasn't felt rejected by it at some point. And so often we put ourselves through needless squeezing and pinching. Our clothes keep us too hot or too cold. We clear out our wallets on pieces to align ourselves with the it formulas of the moment(i have my eye on my own coach bag). All so that a few years later we can look back at the pictures and think "what the hell was I thinking" haha.
On a more serious note. More than a few people in my life have developed eating disorders trying to be good enough for the magazines. My niece who's in the fifth grade complains that she's not skinny like the Emma Watson (aka the face of burberry and her favorite charater Hermione). I know the fashion industry and the media don't force us to change but it does get hard when you notice no one who looks like you ever gets any attention.
I do love your blog, I've been reading it for a year! I've very jealous of all your sequins. It's a great look you've got : )

Xu Box said...

Yay, more sparkles!! You look awesome with your hair pulled back.
P.S. I don't think Tanya Gold dug deep into fashion at all. If magazines and runways are the only elements she sees in "fashion", then perhaps her sheer hatred is just?

diane said...

Wow Isa, look at all of those responses to that stupid article! There's nothing left for me to say except, how stupid is it to hate fashion? Anyways, I love your "sequins & tie-dye meets mormon" look.

Alyssa said...

That quote is weirdly cute. :) I really want to see that film soon soon soon. Love your outfit, especially! Thank you for sharing.

Amelia said...

Shinyshinyshiny. Obvs I love this.

That article is so ridiculous. The extent to which she doesn't understand fashion is particularly frightening in that I suspect it's representative of the mindsets of a fair percentage of people.

ThatManJustYawned said...

what shanoya said.

Evita Jackie said...


keep rockin' (Y)

fayeee said...

Micheal Cera is pretty awesome, I love him in nick and norahs playlist. Also love them tights I have some similar but these are so much cooler :O


├×omeline said...

Your extensive sequin collection has me rather envious...

Helen said...

Well, she wrote for The Daily Mail and she hates yoghurt, so there's clearly something a bit wrong with her anyway.
Though I guess I sort of agree, just because something's fashionable doesn't mean you should wear it. Style > fashion any day.

The Mussy Head Guild said...

read the book youth in revolt, even without all the michael cera charm, it is more hilarious than the movie.
but michael cera + moustache = good times

Hat said...

I think she is definitely over the top and bitter. It is obvious that these ideas have branched from her insecurities. I strongly disagree with the phrase 'I hate fashion'- I don't think anyone 'hates' fashion- but it depends what people mean by it. I love clothes (maybe too much) finding beautiful and rare dresses in vintage shops for low prices brings joy to my life! But I'm not a huge fan of something being 'amazing' just because a designer label is stuck on it. I appreciate good talent/beautiful clothing but this heiarchy of shops is a bit over the top. Some people I've met have claimed they love a hideously ugly bag just because it had for example, the chanel logo on it. But if they were to see the same bag without the logo they would hate it. Also it sometimes seem this shiny, sparkly way of pitching these clothes through beautiful models lounging about in flower beds or what have you is just to distract what is happening behind the scenes- e.g sweat shops (for most cases)

Her comments on model's weight aren't exactly profound. EVERYONE is aware of the dilemma of anorexia encouraged by glossy magazines so it's not like she has made a break through in journalism. I personally know someone who I have witnessed throwing up after every meal because she reads way too many of these magazines and aspires to be like the models. But I can't even begin to think where we could solve this problem- certainly not through a negative insecure woman's article!

Faux Naif said...

ohmygod, you look fantastic! this may be my favourite outfit of yours!

teenage audacity said...

wow was she bitter or what?
i come from a family of very big women, i am the deffinetly the smallest other than some very young cousins so i know what fashion is like for bigger women. but i also know that my mother, aunts and grandmothers would never blame the entire fashion industry for one girls unfortunate death. blame the girl running in heels on ice. everyone knows that you just dont do that

Dino Might said...

I dont know if you'll find this interesting, but I wrote my own mini article about the article Tanya Gold wrote.

CH!C $hock said...

love the sequins!

Hope-Fashion Narcotics said...

Wow, this reminds me of why I by the Times, not the Gurdian, which features shitty late news and euggh Tanya Gold.

Anonymous said...

Revolting? No... why can't you like fashion and still be critical of it? It's kind of sad the way many of the people who are commenting about this article are so slavishly devoted to fashion that they can't concede that it is obviously connected to body-image issues, etc. It's a business as much as a craft, more so, and as such its goal is profit. It can be very manipulative.

Niki said...

Hmmm, I would say that Michael Cera is like our generation's John Cusack (only way less cute imo).

That outfit is really cute and well put together.

And as far as the article, I think a lot of excellent points on its fallacies have already been made by others, including Tavi's defense on her blog. Personally I found it amusing that Tanya Gold's outfit in the article picture looks kind of minimalist cute anyway. Like the skirt is sort of Commes-de-Garcon-y.

eva said...

"It wasn't an amazing movie but it did have its moments. "

exactly how i would describe it

Marina Siero said...

your blog is fab!
i love your header.


the iron chic said...

Dear Tanya,
If you feel manipulated by the fashion industry, then get a fucking grip!
It is possible to love fashion and criticize it and appreciate everything else the world has to offer.
How weak are you if fashion is ruining your self esteem and your ability to make sane decisions?
Tanya is fat and bitter.

eliza said...

i thought i had replied to this but it appears i haven't!! tanya gold's pathetic article really irritated me! i thought the guardian would do better than to allow such flimsy arguments to be presented as 'credible' journalism. just because someone likes & follows fashion doesn't mean they are vacuous & unable to appreciate books & intellectual activities. she seems to be a very insecure person, someone who will gladly do as they are told by the media instead of following their own heart & mind. and as for blaming fashion for the sad death of the girl in heels...ok, so maybe not the most sensible choice of footwear but it was a terrible accident & i think its wholly insensitive of her to blame the world of fashion for this.

i could go on but that woman isn't worth any more of my time or effort. love your outfit :)

Cameron said...

I agree fully with the first post. The only article by her I could imagine myself reading would have to be titled: "Why my employment as a 'journalist' with the Guardian is bringing down its reputation as a newspaper"

Carissa said...

anyone that hates yogurt is seriously deranged

Selective Memory said...

Oh. Yikes. That article gave me the shakes.

Love your blog!

kat veronika. said...

you look amazing to start with, the flow of the dress and the sparkly over top is fantastic.

to end with i read the article that i hadn't seen before now (i'm going to blame it on being Australian and not touching the guardian) and I cannot believe that. She has completely missed the point. She has taken a few misguided thoughts that fashion is only there as a consumption, and as a way to make people attempt to fit in when clearly as we can see fashion is there to distinguish yourself!
Following trends yes are for belonging but when you look at how the majority of fashion bloggers dress they are not attempting to follow trends,
an incredibly misguided article. The problem here is that she did not fit, and rather then exploring this she just claimed that it was fashion that caused this.

Bea said...

THIS QUOTE GOES TO WHOEVER ´´HATES FASHION´´......Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada.

This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.
I Just Love It!!!!!!!

Hannah Wolf said...

I love this look, especially the shoes. And Tanya Gold's article got me really pissed because basically you don't need to be a supermodel to like fashion, or need to be a complete idiot. We like fashion because it is a way to express ourselves, and its a way to get inspired.