August 1, 2008

True eccentricity.

It's what Manolo wants. He abhors "'faux eccentricity', the tendency of among many young fashion designers to adopt outrageous clothing and patently false personas in the hopes that they will mask the fully conventional heart which beats beneath."
Grotesque tattoos, wacky clothing, and affectedly stereotypical personas do not the unconventional mind make....

Indeed, from the past Project Runway seasons only Jay and Santino have been well, truly, and uniquely eccentric. And it is not the coincidence that both have been outsiders in every sense of the word.
What about Christian?
This season, only Stella, who has decided to live her entire life as if she were in the Whitesnake video, and holds to this position even when evidence suggests otherwise, comes closest to being the true eccentric, although her eccentricity is not in the least ways original.
She has decided to live her entire life as if she were in the Whitesnake video....

What if you had to commit to live your entire life as if you were in some music video? What video? We're talking fashion, attitude, mannerisms, assorted trappings... You need a convincingly eccentric persona for this challenge.

You cannot win by coming up with something crushingly ordinary.

ADDED: So, I mean you can't use something like this:



(Although I bet for a lot of you, that looks pretty eccentric.)

21 comments:

Trooper York said...

I live my life like a Robert Palmer video.

Or at least I try, but somehow it never turns out exactly that way.

Joe M. said...

Wait: so it has to be "truly eccentric," but be a life we would want to live? Or are we just going for eccentricity?

In any case, here's my first entry.

Ann Althouse said...

Joe, you have to commit to it and do it and it must be seriously eccentric. Like Stella.

TheCrankyProfessor said...

I think I'm going for Love Foolsophy, though I'm getting a little old to go into a pool with all my clothes on.

knox said...

What about Christian?

I always took him as kind of a phony. It was like he decided he needed a catchphrase and so overdosed us on "fierssse" every other word. Now this season there's the guy who says "Suede" every other word. Oh yeah, and the guy who loves to tan. Great. Talk about dull. (Still love the show, it doesn't need crazy to be interesting, just great talent.)

knox said...

I love Stella by the way.

Jeff with one 'f' said...

When I was a teenager I hoped to have a life that looked like this; later in college I found myelf living more like this. Now I find my life has more closely resembled this.

The lesson here is that life is too sweaty to be languorous...

1jpb said...

OT, but sort of relevant.

I was never even a slight Death Cab fan. But, that song, live, summer at the Gorge/WA, at the end of the day, was ten times more amazing than the recording. Now, it plays very flat every time I hear the recording. They could definitely remix or rerecord it, the rising tide can be made several times more powerful, and the plateau can be absolutely sublime, I've witnessed it.

And then, the perfect live location, with good folks, there are no words.

blake said...

Live it.

Ron said...

hmmm...maybe the faux Dylan in the Weird Al Dylan-like video. You'd have many layers to mutate between, and the fools would think you were doing as an homage, the cynics would think you were doing it for the money, but at heart, you'd be doing it for the humor, and the love of the humor. Why else get a brain cramp over making all the palindromes, if not out of sheer love of the humor?

Methadras said...

Everytime I hear that opening for that song, I think Siouxie and the Banshee's and then I get duped during the rest of it and then I hate them for doing it.

Ron said...

Or perhaps Astaire in the "Pick Yourself Up" video. Pretending to be unable to do something you can do really, really well to impress a girl you've cost her job and annoyed the hell out of, just to dazzle and win her over so that you can both have fun with the dance and each other, get her job back and an audition at the Silver Sandal! You could do worse.

"Sheer heaven my dears, sheer heaven!"

Ann Althouse said...

Hey, this is fun.

Ger said...

Robert Plant - "Big Log" video

The high waisted jeans and sleeveless flannel shirts - still the aesthetic I carry on today!

Nobody is cooler than Robert Plant.

rastajenk said...

I'd like to see one of these oddballs sentenced to live out a Tom Waits video.

blake said...

Nobody's cooler than Robert Plant because Robert Plant is room temperature.

What? Robert Palmer?

Never mind.

Ron said...

Hey, this is fun.

Doc, we're just the monkeys; it's your barrel! But it's all fun!

Ron said...

I'd like to see one of these oddballs sentenced to live out a Tom Waits video.

Can I live in the Small Change album cover with the stripper in the pasties and g-string?
(That would be Cassandra Peterson, AKA Elvira, before she became the Mistress of The Dark)

If so, you're on!

Daryl said...

What if you had to commit to live your entire life as if you were in some music video? What video?

Dog police!

No, not Dog Police. I need to watch more songs before I make up my mind. I've only been listening to them.

William said...

I have been giving a great deal of serious thought to the proper attire for female legal professionals. My advice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Unlike the somewhat trampy Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth takes her position seriously. She dresses not to taunt and torment but to convey a sense of high seriousness. This is a woman who is not afraid of tweed suits and tight hair buns. Eleanor Roosevelt would look deshabille next to this jurist....How to emulate this look? Black orthopedic shoes are the foundation of any respectable woman's attire. No one ever questions the integrity or gravitas of a woman in orthopedic shoes. Manolo Blahnik has a line of faux orthopedic shoes with Belgian lace laces that are reasonably priced.

Craig said...

I would want to live in this cafe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_vCOOW_BsE

It looks like it's called the Classy Touch. And her outfit is fierce.