Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Thought for the day


Fashion is cleavage, style is collarbones. Betty Sue

5 comments:

lagatta à Montréal said...

This is a lovely aphorism, but at first it bothered me, because it brought to mind images such as Amy Winehouse before and after (she was a beautiful, curvy but not remotely overweight young woman). But then I got thinking about "good bones", not just of a human face and form that ages well, but also of a building, or of tailoring (a word that does come from stonecutting, and refers to structure).

enc said...

That photo is a brilliant illustration of the idea. I like how it de-vulgarizes.

Mopsa said...

Yes, but I don't think you are meant to have a medical display of said bones; a discreet hint of cleavage or collar bones is what is stylish surely? Enough of the size zero worship.

Anonymous said...

I think the photo is horribly wrong. It looks so very painful and surely style is not painful. Fashion can be painful, but style shouldn't be.

Also I dislike the idea that a body part can be un-stylish. Cleavage can be wonderfully stylish, timeless even as it's a symbol of femininity. And yes it can be vulgar, but so can collar bones or anything else we choose to fetishize .

Frankie said...

That is a perfect description of fashion vs style,but there's nothing stylish about the emaciated model in the accompanying photo.