Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Fashion trend alert

If, on a hot and sunny Labor Day weekend, while walking about Manhattan, one spies several anger-twinks wearing black and white keffiyeh (sometimes called "Arafat scarves") loosely about their necks and over tee shirts, obviously as accessories rather than for warmth, one might assume that a nascent fashion statement is being made.

This be odd. These twinks are not muslim. They have no urgent political opinions, but they must have something to say because they waddle down the street like malnourished ducks quacking into their cell phones. I bet they think they've just discovered a clever use for a Williams-Sonoma dish rag.

The keffiyeh are messy and fall off their little shoulders, fluttering in the breeze like threadbare bureau scarves by an open window in a cheap hotel.

Pale tee shirts, low jeans and brightly colored Vans either checkered or depicting musical heroes such as The Beatles who were history before these kids were born complete their look.

The young get away with murder.


(photo by Diego Lema)

13 comments:

Mike said...

I have one of those from the early 1980's, I'm saving it for my next trek through airport security.

Mark said...

indeed they do!

Eurowoof said...

It's the newest trend in the homogenized-individualism known as Emo.

Hell, even Rachel Ray caused a stir a few months ago wearing one. I think this trend was officially lame before it even started.

Father Tony of the Farmboyz said...

Dear Eurowoof,
Thanks for your comment. I had not heard of "emo". I googled it. Here's a good site http://www.emo-corner.com/.
I think you are right.

poof said...

Actually, Rolling Stone, I think, had an interesting article (but for some reason I'm not sure this is the one I read in the print version): http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2008/03/27/anti-emo-violence-plagues-mexico-as-attacks-increase/

And it has a link to a pretty good article in Time: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1725839,00.html?xid=site-cnn-partner

All evidence for the usual insanity of the human condition. I was hardcore back in the 80s but I have to side with the emo kids here. They're being queerbashed even if they're not queer.

Actually, if memory serves Emo started in DC back in the 80s. I think some of the members of Fugazi were front and center in bands back then (not Ian though, I think). Oh, yes (just checked Wikipedia aka secondary memory) and they mentioned Rites of Spring. I was only peripherally aware of it as it was happening.

Now I'm not aware of anything. Not even peripherally. Well, I try not to be.

Hmmm. But I don't know what it has to do with the Arafat scarves.

poof said...

Actually, Rolling Stone, I think, had an interesting article (but for some reason I'm not sure this is the one I read in the print version): http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2008/03/27/anti-emo-violence-plagues-mexico-as-attacks-increase/

And it has a link to a pretty good article in Time: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1725839,00.html?xid=site-cnn-partner

All evidence for the usual insanity of the human condition. I was hardcore back in the 80s but I have to side with the emo kids here. They're being queerbashed even if they're not queer.

Actually, if memory serves Emo started in DC back in the 80s. I think some of the members of Fugazi were front and center in bands back then (not Ian though, I think). Oh, yes (just checked Wikipedia aka secondary memory) and they mentioned Rites of Spring. I was only peripherally aware of it as it was happening.

Now I'm not aware of anything. Not even peripherally. Well, I try not to be.

Hmmm. But I don't know what it has to do with the Arafat scarves.

dwerk said...

Oh the shame -- when I was young I wore a similar get up only it was a Tibetan prayer shawl instead of the Arafat tea towel. This was 1977 and I stole the look from Patti Smith. Walking the street I was approached by 3 tough teen males one of whom said, "Are you in a band or are you just gay?" 30 years later and I still have that damn nelly scarf!

Michael said...

they're only doing it because they saw Rachael Ray in that online Dunkin' Donuts ad.

David said...

Oh you're just jealous.

I had one back in college. At the time, I loved the look.

Jay of Jack Brag said...

A bundle of guys in Europe have been wearing them for a few years. I just assumed that it would stay in Europe & not really come to the US. Everytime I see guys wearing them in NYC, I assume they're euro tourists... maybe I'm mistaken now? Ack! ...just not right...

ewe said...

i got away with some off the cuff clothing when i was in my twenties but at least i attempted and succeeded in looking GOOD. This pseudo religious grunge look is not original in my humble opinion. I would rather see them in underwear.

ewe said...

By the way, it was other people that told me i looked good. That was not just my opinion. I put some effort into color and fit, not some cloth wrapped around my neck like a limp flower petal. Big woop.

Father Tony of the Farmboyz said...

Dear ewe,
It's OK and quite permissable to know and to state that you looked good. Every man has his season. Some long. Some brief. I bet you still got it goin on, but we'll never know because you remain mysteriously invisble. No photo? No blog? Why not?