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Awesome Alert: Mary Katrantzou

September 22, 2010
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Mary Katrantzou is one of those designers who seems to exist to remind the more curmudgeonly among us that fashion is art.  A sort of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada of digital screenprinting, she works in three dimensions and makes the sort clothes Lady Gaga might wear if she were Edith Wharton. And she is perhaps the first designer to truly transcend the notion of woman as object.

Why not woman as indelible memory in a bottle?

Her debut collection was one of architectural dresses printed with images of perfume bottles. The fabric ripples with the mysterious joie de vivre that perfume itself purports to have but always lacks.  The dresses take you back to a time before we took all the mystery out of the feminine body.

Why not woman as home?

This week’s collection is one of architectural dresses printed with pictures from Architectural Digest and Interiors of the World. You probably wouldn’t wear it, you muse, but why didn’t you think of it?


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Nonsensical Rant of the Week: Breakfast

September 21, 2010
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I have decided just now that Mondays will be devoted to petty nonsensical irritants, since we’ll all be cranky anyway. This week:

Breakfast Is Actually An Elaborate Practical Joke

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I say fuuuuuuuuuck you. And I say it really long like that every time. I have been awake approximately half an hour.  But you, well-meaning people of the world, are already all like, “Here, eat this. You’ll find its density is comparable to that of the worst fruitcakes money can buy. And it’s Blatantly Fake Banana Flavor. Your favorite!” Failing that, it’s, “Have a plateful of the most unappetizingly-named foodstuff on the goddamned planet, that you never consider eating at any other time of day because frankly, it tastes like a fart. You have to eat it, because it’s seven in the morning.”  Why? Because it’s important! Oh, did you read that somewhere.? No?  Your mother always said so?  But there have been studies! Uh-huh.  A) Show me an actual one. B) Convince me it isn’t all a giant conspiracy, just like the alleged iron content of spinach.

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Quickie Post: Three Sundance Shorts That Are Still Stuck In My Head Months After The Fact

September 5, 2010
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Watch these alone, preferably during a rainstorm.

One is lyrical and haunting:

One  is beautiful and haunting:

And one is ugly, obnoxious and haunting:

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Too smart for her own good and too young to know better, F.W. Worldweary is an inept cultural critic and writer. She enjoys complaining about the things she enjoys.