September 26, 2016

SHMATTA, SHMATTA, SHMATTA — I CAN’T GIVE IT AWAY ON 7TH AVENUE. THIS TOWN’S BEEN WEARING TATTERS: The Latest Elite Fashion Trend? “Trashion.”

And thus, nearly a half century later, what Tom Wolfe dubbed “Funky Chic” reaches its ultimate conclusion. As Wolfe wrote in 1970, “Anti-fashion! Terrific. Right away anti-fashion itself became the most raving fashion imaginable . . . also known as Funky Chic. Everybody had sworn off fashion, but somehow nobody moved to Cincinnati to work among the poor. Instead, everyone stayed put and imported the poor to the fashion pages.”

Now joined by their (not so fresh) garbage.

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