Friday, February 08, 2008

Fashion Week Revisited

As many of you may already be aware, today is the last day of New York Fashion Week, a time when fashionistas from all over the world gather to judge the latest designs and each other. I hesitantly decided to skip Fashion Week this time around in silent protest of the complete absence of coolots from any of this season's collections. But to keep the spirit alive anyway, I've decided to shamelessly repost my world famous (um, not really) Fashion Week videos for your enjoyment. The one above is the first one I ever did and the two below are from the two Fashion Week's after that. Please watch them all now or Lagerfeld wins, dammit.

Dave Hill


Anonymous jce said...

Always a pleasure to see them again. Interesting that you spell it "coolots" over there while it's "culottes" over on the backward side of the pond - assuming they're the same thing. They were very much my introduction into high fashion and it's a constant source of dismay for me that the Stella McCartneys and Vivien Westwoods of the world have turned their backs on this elegant and functional item. I've had the last laugh though, with some judicious strips of packing tape on a loose fitting skirt, exciting silhouettes can once again be achieved.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous jce said...

Sorry for posting again but I saw this and thought of you- you're into tanning.

What the hell is going on in New Jersey? That is possibly the most surreal thing I have ever seen! Look at their faces!

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's third time's a charm from me. About a day after posting that site I found out that it has nothing to do with anyone from New Jersey, and so because I feel sorry for those guys I finally decided to come clean. I mean they are named after Jersey for a start! It's practically in France!

The sad rag site was taking the piss of New Jerseyites, the people pictured are actually from a poor part of Vienna. Here's the long explanation: “The origin of this picture is actually probably not NJ, but rather a techno discotheque in Vienna, Austria, called “NACHTSCHICHT” (”nightshift”) whose patrons are primarily from working-class

The habit of using ridiculous amounts of tanning lotion - coupled with regular visits to the solarium (”soli”) - is so commonplace here that you barely spend a day without seeing at least a couple of these guys on the streets. There are numerous videos and galleries on the web that provide you with “best-of” compilations of this absurd trend…

The skin hue is referred to as “Prolo-braun” (Proletarian Brown). Many of these fashion victims refer to themselves as “Krocha”, which is
also the name of the style of dance that they like to practice (related to the europe-wide “jumpstyle” trend). Note that not all Krocha are Prolo-braun.

“Krocha” comes from “Krachen” (to crack), and from the expression “In die schicht einikrochn” (to burst into the nachtschichtg). Some scholars think it also has something to do with the effect of solarium
abuse on the skin of the affected.

Other notable rituals include the sporting a celebratory “VoKuHiLa” hair style(”Vorne Kurz, Hinten Lang” = a mullet basically), the wearing
of “de puta madre” t-shirts, ed hardy caps and, for the girls, the famous “Arschgeweih” (”Ass-Antlers” a tatoo near the bottom of the spine).

The newest style on the hard streets of Vienna is actually wearing cheap 5€ neon-colored baseball caps (3 colors available: pink, green, yellow - particularly effective under black light conditions),
preferrably in large groups of associated “Krocha”. It is not uncommon to see 10-15 of them - all sporting pink headgear - loitering around the exits of local u-bahn (subway) stations, most notably along the U1 and U6 lines. These serve the eastern side of the city (on the “other side” of the danube), the 21st and 22nd district, which is also where
the “Nachtschicht” is located and where most “Krocha” seem to originate from.

Interestingly, although many of the “local” (Austrian) followers of this style could be classified as having a right-wing and generally xenophobic orientation, “Krocha” come from many different cultural backgrounds, including Turkish and Eastern-European. Especially (sic) the Turkish Krocha are taking the style to new heights by combining it with a weird mix of punk/biker attire, many wearing tight black jeans, loose t-shirts and black leather jackets."

You may already know all this, if so I apologise for taking up your time. I noticed you used a pic for your love film and maybe people have been asking you about it. Just so they know: NEW JERSEY IS NOT TO BLAME! (for this anyway)

xx JCE

2:11 PM  

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