The New York Times alerts us to the new hair trend for quirky (read: hipster) boys, which has many names: the “synth,” the “undercut” and the “Youth” — short for the Hitler Youth. Yes indeedy, the look of pure evil itself — hair shaved severely on both sides with a flop of gelled bangs across the top — is back in vogue. The cut and its variations are widespread in popularity across Europe, and its been worn by everyone from Joe Jonas to Win Butler of Arcade Fire and photographer Hedi Slimane. I have to say, I really like it! It looks modern and edgy, and I don’t believe guys wear it as a walking billboard for fascism. In Europe, and especially Germany, people are careful not to refer to the cut with names that hint of totalitarianism, the Times says. Annika van Taube, editor of the fashion and style magazine Sleek and a local of Berlin, says that Germans don’t associate the cut with fascism. “We are aware that non-Germans refer to it as the ‘jugend’” — German for “youth” — “or the ‘Hitler’ even. Maybe it’s a case of selective perception,” she said.
What do you think of the look? Is it tasteless — or just a hairdo? [NY Times]
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