Skip to comments.#ThrowbackThursday: In Which We Get It All Wrong
Posted on 03/15/2018 7:23:08 AM PDT by NOBO2012
Todays #ThrowbackThursday Post comes via the Wall Street Journals Magazine: Spring Mens Wear Fashion edition. It will adequately demonstrate why Throwback Thursdays are more than a bow to nostalgia.
First, we take a look at what the world considered to be stylish men both straight and gay from the past century: l to r: James Dean, Gary Cooper, Paul Newman
Buddy Holly, Dean Martin and Miles Davis:
Compare the above to the WSJs Spring fashion shoot Drift Away to a Sultry Riverscape in the Season's Best Menswear: The clothes havent changed all that much but the skeletal frame on which they are displayed certainly has. The new male model appears anorexic, gay, and quite likely a heroin addict.
The young man with the hollow cheeks, hollow chest, strangely craggy face and just plain weird hair looks like the guy who would have had sand kicked on him at the beach in an earlier era.
Now he is what? A model, to be emulated? An idol, to be adulated?
And thats hardly the worst of it. The magazine also has a feature on Thom Browne, a clothing designer of both mens and womens wear. How Thom Browne Revolutionized the Suit:
Honey, I shrunk it!
This man has transcended the run of the mill misogynist and gone full-bore misanthrope.
But wait! Were not done yet! In another article, Springs Hottest Trend for Men? Normal Fashion, we see what fashion editors deem to be normal these days: Carhartt bib overalls worn with thousand dollar designer shirts and multi-thousand dollar over-sized overcoats and sleeping bags doubling as jackets.
So you see #ThrowbackThursdays serve a very important purpose: it reminds us that those who forget history may indeed be destined to repeat it but they will get it all wrong.
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
I think Dean Martin could make a grocery sack look cool.
Our aesthetics needs an overhaul.
Art, music, literature, fashion, movies ... we are not producing much of anything which inspirational. As Postman said, we are amusing ourselves to death. Fashionable men aspiring to look like heroin addicts? That’s just awesome. [/s]
I am going to presume most men are like me. We wear comfortable clothe to fit the situation, and care little about style.
Miles Davis once said that if he had an hour left to live he’d spend it strangling a white man.
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