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Author Topic: "... just the wrong side of steampunk to be chic."  (Read 1023 times)
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« on: March 20, 2010, 10:00:13 pm »

Yes, we have a passing reference in the Independent. However, it can safely be disregarded, being as 1. it's in a Fashion feature, 2. it was written by someone who shamelessly uses the word "chic", and 3. The same article also goes on to declare that bunny ears never go out of fashion. Without irony, apparently.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/wear-me-alice-in-wonderland-and-spring-fashion-trends-1913500.html

Wear Me: Alice in Wonderland and spring fashion trends

Alice in Wonderland might seem an unlikely wardrobe inspiration – but it's a perfect match to spring's most curious trends, says Harriet Walker.

Tim Burton has strong links with the fashion pack. It wasn't so long ago that we went all neo-goth, not only in homage to the dark mastery of Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci but also in emulation one of the great 20th-century style icons: Edward Scissorhands, the droopiest, yet fiercest, goth of them all.

Anyone who succumbed to the leather leggings and drape jacket trend can't have failed to acknowledge Burton's influence on their look.

He's done it again with Alice in Wonderland, on release from 5 March. And fortunately, there are plenty of charming, kooky pieces around to suit a ward-robe inspired by his gothic version of Lewis Carroll's tale of the surreal.

The spring trends gel perfectly with the sinister dreamscape that Burton has created. The look is girlish without being saccharine, and pretty but not schmaltzy.

Take your cue from two of London's hottest young designers right now. For spring, Christopher Kane showed delicate pink and blue gingham-check dresses, made from chiffon and covered in intricate sequins and appliqué patterns. So far, so sweet, you might think, but bear in mind that the collection was inspired by a Texan cult.

Louise Goldin also showed ice-cream parlour shades of lilac, yellow and powder blue, but her complex body-con dresses and directional knitwear were pure sci-fi. Look out for her studded courts in Topshop.

Beware of taking the Alice trend too far. A mad hat is fun for about half-an-hour, for example. Similarly, a pocket watch is just the wrong side of steampunk to be chic. But headbands are very on-trend, and bunny ears never go out of fashion (Louis Vuitton did them, after all). Just don't team them with hotpants and a tail; half of Alice's appeal is her idiosyncratic late-Victorian stuffiness.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 12:21:26 am »

Oh! I'd best not be buying that Mad Hatter hat I've been craving for months with the intention of wearing to every steampunk bash I can find! This writer clearly knows better...
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 01:33:29 am »

Bunny ears??? Seriously, is this writer talking about adults or four year olds?? And the color schemes and patterns described make me glad of my lack of "fashion"...
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 01:47:02 am »

Pass me my huntin' rifle, it appears to be rabbit-ears season again...
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2010, 02:24:07 am »

Fortunately this is the Independent, which nobody reads... (184,000 copies daily) the Sun sells 2.9 Million a day....

So purveyors of Bunny ears hold not hold their collective breaths...

Bring on the Pocket watch.....
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2010, 02:48:41 am »

In my humble opinion, dearies, this writer can go burn in Hell. I shall wear bunny ears, a mad hat, and a pocket-watch at the same time now, just to be contrary.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2010, 05:55:59 pm »

Oh, the wrong side of any place according to the hoi polloi is where I'm happiest  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2010, 09:34:24 pm »

Fortunately this is the Independent, which nobody reads... (184,000 copies daily) the Sun sells 2.9 Million a day....

So purveyors of Bunny ears hold not hold their collective breaths...

Bring on the Pocket watch.....


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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2010, 07:47:45 pm »

Er, I'd just like to clarify I found this article online.
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2010, 07:53:29 pm »

The Independent and independent on Sunday were sold to a Russian Billionaire for £1. He was robbed.
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2010, 03:58:13 pm »

Bunny ears??? Seriously, is this writer talking about adults or four year olds?? And the color schemes and patterns described make me glad of my lack of "fashion"...

Well cat ears have been popular with a certain teenage market for a while now thanks to various anime/manga characters
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010, 06:36:47 pm »

Well I´m not a very fashionable person, but I might start wearing rabbit ears to rectify that.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2010, 06:43:23 am »

Seriously, there's no need to worry.  The Independent is notoriously full of weapons-grade bullshit (I read it briefly a few years ago and stopped after I worked out that some of their "journalism" was in fact completely made up), and its readership is mostly composed of excrutiatingly posh and "trendy" attempted Communists who still think that wearing t-shirts with Che Guevara (or whichever mass-murderer is fashionable right now) on it and not shaving properly is about as "non-conformist" as it's possible to get.
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