Of course i had to write about WvB. Duh I had to write about WvB. Let’s talk about him together.
When we make public statements about appropriation and racism and all the isms, fashion kids kind of talk out of their ass. I say this with love, I am calling you in, I want you to know I get it. We can discuss couture and how it is so much an art form, how idea making is art, how the production of aesthetics is art, but at the end of the day, fashion is a $1,200,000,000,000 (count them zeroes, let’s pretend it’s our bank statements) industry. Artsy fartsy designers aren’t the best selling — remember LaCroix? Schiaparelli? Now, you’ve got to be scandalous or incredibly basic to succeed (shoutout to Kors, #1 in America), we feed the fame monsters to borrow the power of their name. Clothes? They’re power. They represent power. They represent visions of class, however you imagine that. New money or old, it still plays the game of ca$h money and capitalism.
You can read the rest here.
UGH WALTER he always means well, but he’s appropriated many cultures in his past - i think i’m gonna look them all up one of these days (a lot of tribalism and stuff), write about it and someway try to contact him if not by e-mail i will pester him IRL. & also he uses a lot of black male models he supposedly just got off “the street” & it’s kinda fetishizing i think, i’m not sure how i feel about it
Honestly I saw some people sharing this when it happened going “COOL FINALLY A DESIGNER CALLING OUT CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” and I was definitely not getting the same vibe/intention.
Contribute to my New Queer Feminist Zine Thing Please
So there are several feminist publications out there right now — I even contribute to some of them! But none of them are very specifically queer and feminist and talk about fashion, specifically, and not in that ‘groundbreaking’ way that discusses how fashion can be feminist. I know it can be, there are lots of people I know who know it can be, and it informs how we approach feminism and vice versa. I want to bring that discussion to the table. I want to share the stories about how fashion informs feminism and feminism informs fashion and how they help each other out. I want the discussion to move past how problematic the industry can be (because newsflash, we all know it can be, and how it is, and how it needs to change) and talk about how much fucking fun it is. Because how I present myself is fucking subversive. Because how I treat my body is a political statement. Because I am queer and feminist and yeah I like fashion, and it doesn’t make me a lesser queer or a lesser feminist for doing so.
There is no current publication that speaks about fashion from a feminist point of view that doesn’t consider the industry to be an inherently destructive structure. I think it needs to happen, and I think I can make it happen, even if what I create is really small, and maybe won’t be a huge series. I think I can do it and I think you all can do it too, and we can do it together.
I already have seed funding so this isn’t even a call for donations — I don’t need them at the moment. I just need your stories. Your contributions. Your artwork, your photographs, you — not your money. Do you identify as queer? Do you like fashion? How does it help you and give you power? How does art give you agency as a person? As a feminist? As a queer sea monster?
If you don’t feel like you’re represented in other mediums, if you want to talk about fashion from a feminist perspective, if you want to talk about wearing stockings as a dude, I don’t care what you talk about, throw your ideas at me, I want to hear them, I want to publish them. This zine will include art, poetry, interviews, photoshoots (if you live in or around NYC we can work on this together!!), articles, anything that can fit. Spill your guts and let’s make this shit happen. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s work shit out.
Signal boost please! Luv u ok bye.
HOW AM I JUST SEEING THIS NOW.
ARABELLE WHY YOU LOOKIN’ SO FLY? (photo by logan)
(image description: arabelle, aka the fashion pirate, posing in a fantastic photoshoot. arabelle is wearing very bright colours and a turquoise and black houndstooth jacket, and is standing in an authoritative stance with her hands out, which have been splattered in paint)
not gonna lie, i have a huge crush on arabelle. queer feminist fashion bloggers will one day take over the world, mark my words.
Outfit post. 3 outfits, 1 collar. :)