At the beginning of seventh grade, my very, very preppy middle school got a new student. He was dour and lanky, he wore his hair in a bowl cut with two long pieces hanging around his face, and he wore a long black trenchcoat all the time, indoors and out. It was 1999 and the coat was bad timing (the Columbine shooting had happened just a few months earlier), but he told me he’d had it for a long time and he wasn’t going to stop wearing it because of someone else’s bad decisions.
Several of my Abercrombie & Fitch-wearing classmates didn’t know what to make of him, so because of his fondness for black they defaulted him to “goth,” and because of his sour mood and his trenchcoat some of them speculated he was going to kill us all.
I started thinking about this last week when I saw the Daily Mail getting predictably stupid and feigning shock over the fact that one of the Slender Man killers’ dad is goth-y, listens to metal, likes morbid stuff like cemeteries, and (oh god, no) thought his daughter’s fascination with the macabre was all right. Keep reading »
“Personally, for me, I like people I have a connection with. I’m not the type of girl who will date someone that I don’t really like just so I’m not lonely. So the people I always end up being with are people I have a big-ass connection with, and that could be with a boy, that could be with a girl. It could be with someone who’s 40-years-old, it could be with someone who’s 18, you know what I’m saying? I don’t want to put those boundaries on myself because that’ll limit the kind of people that I attract. I don’t go searching for girls and guys, I just take whatever comes my way and that’s just genuine.”
– Rapper Kreayshawn spoke with Salon.com about Frank Ocean’s coming-out and her own sexuality, namely how she herself doesn’t label it. This bit reminded me of an article I read yesterday in New York magazine. They interviewed a bunch of bisexuals — rather, more accurately, people who have been attracted to both men and women throughout their lives — and I was surprised at how many of them used the label “gay” or “straight” or no label at all instead of saying “bi.” For myself I prefer to just say “straight-ish” … or “slut.” [Salon.com]
I stopped by the Target in Brooklyn on my way home last night and was surprised to see almost the entire Anya Hindmarch line of bags, because they aren’t supposed to be in stores until October 12. Since I discovered they were available for pre-order online earlier this week, I have been debating which bag to buy — it’s hard to tell what they’ll be like in person from photos online. But now that I’ve seen them, I don’t think I’ll be buying any of them because of one little detail: The buckles all read “Anya Hindmarch for Target.” Now, I know that people would recognize the bag as being from her cheap line for Target. It’s clearly not made of expensive leather. I would have been totally okay with the inside lining having the store name printed on it, which it does, but why does “for Target” have to be stamped onto the metal buckle? I would feel the same way if a designer did a line for Macy’s and it said “for Macy’s” on the outside. Designer logos annoy me enough, and store names or logos just shouldn’t appear on clothing or accessories except on the tag. If Anya Hindmarch was trying to maintain the integrity of her brand by putting the “for Target” on the outside, she probably should have created a new name for her Target line, the way Grey Ant calls their Urban Outfitters offshoot “Grey Antics.”
For those of you still interested in buying one of the bags, some of the bags have the “for Target” written more discretely under the Anya Hindmarch bow logo. Oh, and the store also had a couple pairs of Sigerson Morrison flats. They looked cute and well-made, with no labels in sight. Too bad they didn’t have my size. Keep reading »