A Parisian Beatnik
Blame it on Henry Ford and his mass production miracle, the assembly line. This genius inventor trained people on how to become uniform in 10 days by consuming mass produced rubbish. Consumers who studied hard and passed the test became the mentors of younger generations. This scary consumer culture gave way to the rise of today’s throw away fashion that is generated by high street stores. Mass produced throw away fashion proudly presents the polished looks of ex-newlywed Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani copy cat Christina Aguilera and ex-boho babe Sienna Miller. But, wait a minute. It’s too early to become hopeless about the future. There is still light at the end of the tunnel. We all know that there are people out there who are fed up with the same old looks the mass manufacturers provide. Just like the ones who resisted and rebelled against the mainstream in the past. It’s true that the vicious circle of fashion spins faster than ever and speed freak high street stores flog the same boring stuff to consumers, but revolt is in the air. Thank God, not everyone wants to be a part of the glitzy Barbie and Ken culture. Now, it’s time to look back and pull off the former counterculture tribes.
Are you ready to witness the inevitable reinvention of these tribes? New looks and fashions will emerge anchored in the Beatniks, grungies, punks, Goths and dancing queens of the past. You have to awaken your inside enfant terrible and stop this mass uniformity. All you have to do is to be daring and confident. Just look at the way the retro pin-up Dita Von Teese and the vampish fairy of the Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson dress. They are the chicks with real attitude who boldly incorporate the past looks to their style. While Kate is the Audrey Hepburn for the indie disco generation, Dita represents the retro-meets-goth style. They’ve found the antidote to mass production epidemic. Who says you can’t?
Dita Von Teese