ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Sometimes I envision designers sitting around in their mansions,
eating caviar and sipping Courvoisier, and having a good hearty laugh at all
the trendoids who are funding their lifestyle.
It’s no secret that A&E has enjoyed a hate-hate relationship with
Ugg boots since their presence first infected the Western campus earlier this
year. First, Uggs showed up in Us and People magazines, with celebs like Kate
Hudson sporting the clownish, moccasin-esque clunkers. Now, suddenly, they’re
the newest hot commodity. Overnight, the traditional fashion faux pas of tucking
your jeans into your boots became “cool.”
Uggs are only the icing on the proverbial Gucci cake. I can see designers
sitting in their offices, collaborating on the lamest trend to start, betting
on whether or not society is dumb enough for the trend to catch on.
I remember back in the ’80s, when a “mesh-back” was just
called a cap and my dad had a collection of gas-station freebies. Then Ashton
Kutcher started wearing them and the trend caught on instantaneously. But not
just for guys: girls, too, simply HAD to have their own pink “trucker
hat” (the new invented term) with “Jesus is my homeboy” or
some such lame slogan plastered across the front.
Puffy vests, velour J.Lo sweatsuits, pointy-toed witch shoes — the list
of stupid fashion trends could go on and on and on. It’s not only typical
Western girls who follow these trends, but they’re certainly a classic
example of the herd mentality. And really, why NOT spend $200 on a pair of
sweatpants with “Juicy” splashed across the ass when dear old daddy
Anyway, back to the designers. Some may blame them for charging exorbitant
prices for lame crap like mesh-backs and witch shoes, but I say kudos to the
lot of them. If I could sell the herd on tapered, neon flood pants, I’d
do it in a second.