This is the new creative director at Puma. WTF are you doing Puma?
You may have heard that Rihanna has been named creative director at Puma. You might be confused, I know I am. Apparently “Rihanna ‘will work with Puma to design and customise classic Puma styles as well as create new styles to add to the Puma product portfolio,’ Puma said in a statement today.” (Vogue) Wow, I didn’t know that Rihanna knew how to design…wait…she doesn’t. Here are 5 reasons why Rihanna shouldn’t be creative director at Puma.
1. She is not a fashion designer.
2. She has no formal fashion training.
3. She has no training in any sort of design field.
4. She has no real link to the world of sports or exercise.
5. Did I mention she is not a fashion designer?
THAT IS ALL.
Image from here.
It’s rare that I agree with Republicans but this dress code from the Montana House of Representatives is spot on. You can read it in full here, but I’ve highlighted some of the key points:
- “Business Formal for women is defined as a suit or dress slacks, skirt, jacket, and dress blouse or suit-like dress and appropriate shoes (…). Leggings are not considered dress pants.”
- “Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.”
According to the New York Times, some women are lashing out against the dress code. “The whole thing is totally sexist and bizarre and unnecessary.” says one Democrat, who describes the code as “something out of Mad Men.”
Um, NO. This is not sexist or bizarre. You are a freaking politician, and when you go into politics, you give up your right to show off cleavage and wear mini skirts to work. As for the leggings, this is not an issue of “leggings are not dress pants” or “leggings can’t be worn in the House of Representatives.” This is about the fact that LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. Not for politicians. Not for housewives. Not for fashion designers. Not for secretaries. NO ONE. Except fitness instructors and people while they are exercising (and ONLY while they are exercising.) Can someone please try and pass this by the House of Representatives to make it law?
Did Garance Dore get paid to wear those clothes? Or is she wearing them because she likes them.
I consider myself to be in a different “category” to most fashion bloggers. Not a superior category, but a different one, because I have also worked as a designer, owned a small brand, and worked for non-blog online media. I am in no way trying to imply that I am better than bloggers who haven’t done the above, but simply that I am different. My knowledge of these other parts of the industry has allowed me to approach blogging from a different background and I think that is why I’ve gained my readership. While outfit posts are great, sometimes it is nice to hear something from someone who has been an insider.
Anyway, as you all know blogging has not been my main priority as of late, and this has resulted in me becoming slightly disconnected from the blogging world. Apparently some changes have taken place. What changes, you ask? Well it seems that most bloggers these days have lost all sense of ethics.
MORE ON WHY BLOGGERS KIND OF SUCK RIGHT NOW
Left: Real psychobillys – The Meteors. Right: ASOS’ pathetic hipster version of a psychobilly.
I’ve always loathed it when mainstream fashion brands (both high street and luxury – ahem Saint Laurent!) market their product as being part of a subculture, primarily because they tend to get it so, SO wrong. Like ASOS’ psychobilly trend.
Let’s have a look at what they’ve got to say about psychobilly.
What: Psychobilly is a genre of music inspired by the seemy underbelly of American pop/trash culture, fusing the dirty rebel rhythms of 50s rockabilly with a brash, over-the-top punk aesthetic.
Well, they got this part right. Well done on knowing how to use Wikipedia.
MORE OF THE PSYCHOBILLY “TREND”
My friend Chris sent me this photo of Lenny Kravitz with the words “What a cock.” I don’t think I could have summed it up better.
Image found here.