gingersnaps

Depending who you ask, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy are either the most wildly over-rated avant garde fashion designers working today or they’re incredible mad geniuses. Personally, I tend to lean towards “mad geniuses” but I consider black a color and once spent a ridiculous amount of time constructing a garment out of carefully hand-dyed mosquito netting, so do with that what you will.

The Mulleavy’s remind me of Ginger and Brigitte, the beleagured sisters in the excellent werewolf/coming of age flick, Gingersnaps. I was searching for the link to the movie’s website when I got the google image search results at the top of the post and they made me laugh so I thought I’d include a screenshot. I doubt many people are looking for that center image when they google, “gingersnaps,” but I could be wrong.

Amanda Fortini wrote an interesting piece, ““The World of Fashion: Twisted Sisters,” in the January 18, 2010 issue of the New Yorker. There’s only an abstract available unless you’re a subscriber, but it’s worth the read if you’re interested in these young artist/designers.

When I started this post, Rodarte was working with M.A.C. Cosmetics on a signature line for Fall 2010 inspired by a roadtrip through Juarez, Mexico. With what can only charitably be referred to as a tin ear, they opined on the ethereal ghostlike quality of the bordertown without ever acknowledging the ongoing violence against women and girls that plagues the area.

Their announcment caused a lot of controversy and outraged fashion and make-up bloggers took them to task with posts such as, “MAC/Rodarte Makeup Collaboration Names Nail Polish After Impoverished, Murdered Women.”

That “any publicity is good publicity” adage? It’s not always true. MAC parent company Estee Lauder quickly announced that they would be renaming parts of the product line and pledging money to a suitable charity. By the time I came back to edit this post, they’d announced on facebook that they wouldn’t be shipping any more items from the collection:

This decision will not impact M·A·C ‘s commitment to donate all of its projected profits from the collection to benefit the women and girls of Juarez.

Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women and girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our M·A·C Mexican staff and colleagues, M·A·C has made the decision not to ship the M·A·C Rodarte limited edition makeup collection. This decision will have no impact on M·A·C’s commitment to donate all of its projected global profits from this collection to local and international groups that work to improve the lives of the women and girls of Juarez. We are currently conducting due diligence to ensure we donate to organizations with a proven record of directly supporting the women and girls of Juarez.

M·A·C and Rodarte are deeply and sincerely sorry and we apologize to everyone we offended. We have listened very closely to the feedback of concerned global citizens. We are doing our very best to right this wrong. The essence of M·A·C is to give back and care for the community and Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. We are grateful for the opportunity to use what we have learned to raise awareness on this important issue.

The backlash couldn’t have been a surprise and I’m still scratching my head over how the whole thing happened. Not only is MAC one of the most socially aware companies, but even short blurbs in WWD back in February pointed out that being professing Juarez is your muse put one on shaky ground. Lots of companies pay lip-service to charity, but MAC’s AIDS Fund is the Real Deal. When I was in Development I had some contacts who were very reliable sources about how good the work they do is. (So basically, karmically, you can’t afford not to have at least one Viva Glam lipstick, girls!)

Regardless of who was at fault or what their intentions were, the situation has been resolved and we can all go back to waiting for the MAC/Disney “Venomous Villains” collections to be unveiled next week. Temptalia has an extensive preview to keep us amused in the meantime.

But back to Rodarte….I hope the rumors of a takeover by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) are just rumors, it seems a sure-thing that the line would go from wacky and interesting to safe suburban and take all the fun out of it. On the other hand, it might give the Mulleavy’s a chance to go back to being their wacky selves and creating more wacky fashion and free them from as much time doing business, so maybe it’s not so bad after all.

I started this post before I got pneumonia. I forgot where I was going with it, and I’ve been laying in bed reading or sleeping ever since and I forgot I even had any drafts in the file. I decided to “finish” this one since Rodarte presented their Spring 2011 looks at Mercedes-Benz fashion week yesterday in NYC. I wouldn’t wear many of these looks as they’ve been styled for the runway, but that’s the point of styling things for the runway. There’s lots of fun textures and shapes amidst all that awful 80s plaid, I’m sure none of it conveys well on a laptop screen. Next year someone needs to send me to fashion week so I can report back with more authority.

For all I know, I have an email sending me to fashion week. I’m down to 500 unread emails after the 1st round of triage. I was just too sick to care or comprehend anything that Husband couldn’t interpret for me immediately so a lot of stuff has piled up. Maybe if I’m really lucky, a Nigerian Prince will have a million dollars to send me….I better get back to my email triage in case I have any special messages just for me!

We realized people have Oscars-watching parties because it’s the only way to make the damned things entertaining. Poor Hugh Jackman. He tried so hard, but he was doomed by the dreadful material he had to work with. We were embarrassed for him during that opening number.

Husband and I decided it was time, time to begin the long-promised Galactica 1980 marathon.

We’d already watched 4 episodes, but that was a long time ago. Figuring we’d repressed most of what we’d seen, we broke out the DVDs and began at the beginning. We watched the first 3 episodes and then tuned back in to the Oscars to catch the last hour of awards. Compared to Galactica 1980…the awards were still dull.

Things went off the rails quickly the last time I vowed to do this whole Galactica 1980 marathon thing – you can bring yourself up to date here.

This time, with God(s of Cobol) as my witness, I will watch the whole series. And blog about it. This week. I guarantee it, or we’ll give you a full refund.

Oh – here’s some obligatory Oscars content: The best Oscars-related opinion writing was in yesterday’s Washington Post. Robin Givhan made a sensible case for dumping the ridiculous custom of letting stars hold the fashion industry hostage for alleged “good publicity.” (“Designers in the Red: The System’s Wearing Thin”)

Today’s Washington Post Style section “Shopper” column is “The To-Do Before the ‘I Do’.”

It’s a lot of blahblahblah, until the bit about bridesmaid dresses. This is what it says:

The days of cringe-worthy bridal party frocks are over as more designers turn out options worthy of donning post-wedding.

This is the $290 dress from ThreadDesign that the text points to:


<a href="http://bridal.threaddesign.com">ThreadDesign</a> bridesmaid frock

For real, people. Do not dress your full-grown bridesmaids in this dress. The life you save will be your own.

Last year I was obsessed with a pair of boots. They were $250 so I decided to wait until they went on sale. Then they were featured in Lucky as must-have boots. This means that they not only never went on sale last year, they became hard to find. Zappos, when they had them in stock, was more expensive than Nordstrom. It was ridiculous. Nevertheless, I bought the black suede ones when I had the chance. I’ve been lying in wait ever since, knowing eventually they’ll quit being hip and go on sale. Then I could buy the brown ones, because I have to say, they really are all that. I guess I’m going to have to keep waiting. I was just flipping through Self, and guess what’s in their spread on must-have items for Fall? Yup. Same damn boots. It’s okay, there are other boots in the sea. You don’t really want boots that have been floating around in the sea, but you know what I mean.

If I could link to it directly, I’d post a picture from Thom Browne’s NY Fashion Week runway show. It’s a picture of a guy in a suit with an ill-fitting jacket. I think he’s supposed to be an elf because he’s wearing a hat that hangs almost to his ankle and has a pompom on the end.

Since I can only link to the main page of a huge Washington Post photo gallery and you grow old & die trying to find the picture, let’s just move along….

Instead of hunting through all those photos, go watch the Sigur Ros scored video on Thom Browne’s website, wherein a bunch of guys who, from the looks on their faces, must be in deep despair over a particularly painful form of gastric distress.

They seem to be wandering the woods and catching fresh-water octopi because they have such bad hair they can no longer be seen in public. Then they bury their friend, who one assumes died of embarrassment when he realized he’d been captured on film wearing what he’s wearing whatever it is he’s wearing.

Or maybe his haircut killed him. It’s hard to tell. I bet they wish they had the other guy’s elf hat.

The original video link is dead. Here’s the youtube link: