The other day I was perusing a little style magazine that came free in a newspaper and came across a wonderful article. I thought I’d share;
‘Dame Vivienne Westwood: you’re fab. I love your pirate boots, your bustles, your swagger and the fact that you work a devil’s horn headpiece as daywear. However, I’m not so sure about your observation last week that Brits have never dressed as badly as they do now.
‘People have never looked so ugly,’ you said, ‘like clones.’ Furthermore, ‘The only people I notice are my age,’ (70 odd). I would like to respond;
1) Regarding the clone cuss, do we bugger! We’ve never looked more varied, more fabulous. The internet brings us access to loads more fashion imagery via street style blogs and shopping sites; our new fash inclufnces are bold and manifold. Sometimes, yes, they make us want to look like Kate Middleton but other times we just want to be dip-dyed Dalston-dwelling hippies, or grunge luxers, or devotees of the vintage tea dress and red lippy look. And even Punk.
3) Regarding the, ‘I don’t notice anyone who looks great unless they are my age’ is as it should be! Refining your personal look is a life’s work; in the hope that one day it’ll get better. As youngsters, we are in the early stages of the perfecting-process, bound to mess it up. When you are young you throw everything together – crazy tights, too-short shorts, and terrible dyes – you do it to see what sticks. You’d look monstrous 50 percent of the time if it weren’t for being young whilst doing it. It takes a few more years dedication to pull off a devil’s horn headpiece with conviction.’
– Polly Vernon
I could not agree more (apart from the Punk bit).