Created just a year ago, when I was busy keeping myself off blogs (mine included), this certain clip completely slipped through my fingers, I came across this from some reader who e-mailed me. Katie Grand, and Jacobs, partnered up yet again (big surprise there) to create some kind of “fashion video”. In it, all girls have that drug gaze in their eyes, they’re mostly in lingerie, and it seems derivative of that “Night Porter” drivel. A crappy 70′s film on sex-for-survival exchange that went down during the Holocaust. Note that no part of this video is “tongue in cheek”, you can tell by the moody light and music. It’s downright eerie.
There is nothing wrong with the work of Katie Grand’s. It’s true that I think her frumpy granny chic aesthetic is contrived and boring. It’s true that her styling choices are tips I’d never use for myself. It’s also true that while I’m writing about her, I’m also yawning.
It’s also true that Marc Jacob’s grandma clothing is somewhat questionable. Nothing wrong with grandmas but lets dress age appropriate, or something. I once knew someone who loved his work. But I could never say it to her face. She was so opinionated about everything that if you disagreed you’d hear a nonstop lecture on why you were wrong. In any case, keep your mouth shut if you come across a Marc Jacobs fan. You won’t be able to leave the conversation – even for a whiz.
Getting back to my point, I don’t expect much from the fashion industry as a whole to act in a proper, dignified ‘fashion’. If money is supposed to buy you class and nice handbags, I hope you have the class to back it up. In Japan there is this entire thing called Enjo Kosai, which is like “compensated dating”. Basically a business arrangement where a young woman dates a leery older businessman for luxury goods. Which again, makes me not crazy about designer handbags, in 2014 it doesn’t even signal rarity or social status. But dressing up like a prostitute and heckling a MercB just so you can get paid is not a chic exchange. It’s not even shocking or controversial. People think it’s controversial because it’s associated with the House LV, but ever since T-bone Terry Richardson has been getting away with Porno Chic, most of us just roll our eyes and yawn. Aren’t we used to this contrived aesthetic? Isn’t porno-chic like, normcore or something…
There was a young woman who left a comment on my instagram mentioning how this video makes all women seem like sluts. It’s kind of true, is Grand expecting us to walk away from this trashy video thinking that women are dignified beings who can read, write, invent, and engage in intellectual conversations with the opposite sex? In the video, the minute the pal gets in that Benz she’s slipping off her night gown. The night gown in question isn’t even aesthetically pleasing (since it was designed by Jacobs, a man that seems like a “normie” from New Jersey, nothing wrong with New Jersey of course…). I mean, if you are going to humiliate women on screen like this, make that lingerie killer, you know?