style issue, discount edition
"'You play it cool the first five days of school and wear something bland,' Eliza said. 'Then you break out your outrageous stuff.'" (79) By October, however, I looked like a drunken fifties housewife. Or so they told me.
Since we're still brainstorming obsolete mores and manners, I'll just say that this reminds me of something from, I think, Age of Innocence (book not movie, love them both, and the adaptation of psychological interiority to sensory materialism). Where the up and comers wore their Paris fashions right away. Now that I look it up on google, it's the opening of chapter 26. And it's a bit longer than I'd remembered. All I'd remembered was,
"It was Beaufort who started the new fashion by
making his wife clap her new clothes on her back as
soon as they arrived: I must say at times it takes all
Regina's distinction not to look like . . . like . . ."
"Clap her new clothes on her back?" Clunk, smack, trip, whack. That stuck in my head.
And then there was Calvin Trillin on something called Guy's Frenchy's. This was a little long, and way too precious, but kind of fun and my partner in crime read it too and we are always calling each other "swayve" now - we've been doing a lot of thrifting ourselves in places that smell like a thrift store.
But Larissa MacFarquhar on Diane von Furstenberg and QVC. I think this might mark the first appearance of QVC in the New Yorker. I liked the "once upon a time" opening and the fact that it's a biographical piece, but one which recognizes that's is a biography of woman who is a brand, who has been too free with her license, who as a brand has not had unmixed success. And all the stuff about the story of her life and it's standard version and "this story is not a cynical production: it is the way that she conceives herself" (117).
Also, MacFarquhar gets to quote someone who says, "'American fashion still revolves around Jackie O., and there was no one prissier.'" (119) Ha!
And, looking forward to the upcoming issue, Bill Buford will go slumming with Food TV.
Categories: material, newyorker, thrift, excitement/joy, interest/excitmement, aural