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Shock News! Fashion journalist says something sensible

Posted in Fashion News with tags , on September 9, 2011 by DbyDC

Check out the Luke Leitch’s feature, A Man’s Guide to a Woman’s Wardrobe in Intelligent Life.

DbyDC normally reserves only the most withering of sneers for fashion journos but even I have to admit, this is excellent. Having joined the Telegraph’s fashion desk two years ago, Leitch endeavours to ‘explain’ women’s love for fashion from a male point of view. Not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in astuteness.

Of course, he doesn’t address the sycophantic bollocks transmitted daily via the metaphorical loudspeakers of the style world but he’s one of the few fashion ‘outsiders’ I’ve ever read who genuinely understands that women’s fashion has nothing to do with men.

He also remains openly baffled by harem pants.


Facts slightly hurt our brain(s)

Posted in Fashion News with tags , , on September 1, 2011 by DbyDC

Yesterday American Apparel reported that its recent Canadian investors are looking to sell their 43.2 million shares after just four months. Yikes. Sounds like someone wants to get out while they still can. In addition the shares are being put up for a secondary offering – ie a direct sale to someone else – which means AA will not get any of the money.

This is sorry news as DbyDC quite likes American Apparel. True, you don’t get a lot of spandex to the pound but they do a good line in quality basics plus cotton t-shirts in every colour of the rainbow. And when a financier invests $15 million in a company only to change its mind four months later, that generally signals bad times ahead.

However, the real sorry state of affairs was not the news that AA might be in trouble but the way that Grazia reported it: American Apparel registered 43.2 million shares for a potential secondary offering, which encompasses the 24.2 million shares the Canadian investment group now holds, in addition to the 19 million shares they hold the right to purchase.

“We don’t know what this means,” they simpered. “But it doesn’t sound good.” Then they all dissolved into giggles. Probably.

So, if they had no idea what they were talking about, why exactly were they quoting it? Why were they copying it out verbatim rather than doing their jobs and interpreting the information before, say, wording it according to their house style and reader demographic?

“Because the facts slightly hurt our brain.”

Good Lord. Is it really beyond the wit of Grazia to call up somebody who knows about finance and ask them? DbyDC did not know what a ‘secondary offering’ was until yesterday so we emailed someone we know who works in finance and asked them. It’s a simple trick. Most journalists are familiar with it (even fashion journalists). Hell, most people are familiar with it.

To finish, let’s just pause a moment and reflect on the revelation that the Grazia team only have one brain between them. Sigh. I feel this would be an opportune moment to crack out the American expression go figure.

Georgia May Jagger’s ‘Maggie Thatcher’ shoot

Posted in Fashion News with tags , , , on August 11, 2011 by DbyDC

Holy Bananas. DbyDC hasn’t been this creeped out since we heard brothel creepers were making a comeback. What were Harper’s Bazaar thinking? What was Georgia May thinking? What are you thinking? If you’re anything like me then right now you’re desperately trying to come up with something more intelligent than “eurrgh, WTF?” Let me know if you manage it…

[Thanks to @amberelliot for alerting us to this one]

“Cadeaux” – as seen in Vogue Paris, December 2010

Posted in Fashion News with tags , , on January 7, 2011 by DbyDC

What is wrong with these pictures? It’s hard to put your finger on, isn’t it? Is it the tacky eyeshadow, the gaudy jewellery, the questionable hairstyles? Or could it be the fact that seven year old girls have been dressed in silk and feathers and lamé, before being photographed pouting beguilingly from beneath come-to-bed eyes? All wrapped up and dripping in glitz, they are laid out before us and entitled “presents”. Presents. Pretty sparkly little gifts. Yeah, there’s always such a fine line between fashion and child porn… wait, WHAT?

DbyDC doesn’t normally do outrage but since our usual stalwarts of decency The Daily Mail can’t run this story on account of it’s being “too French” the vociferous burden falls to us. Ready? Ahem.

VOGUE: THIS IS NOT OK. Unlike the aforementioned Mail, we do not believe that our society is morally broken but we do believe in protecting children (and we’re not talking about adolescents, here, these girls are children). Protecting them from fucked up men and women who would do them harm and protecting them from a fetishistic fashion culture that would lay them out on glossy pages for all to perve over.