So when I got home from school today, my mom was like "Oh yeah, I wrote a really nasty email to the Urban Outfitters people. I was looking through the catalogue and there were a bunch of pictures of really young, like 14-looking, naked girls. I told them if they keep doing pictures like that a lot of people are going to start looking at their catalogues for child porn. And they emailed me back with some crap about 'the photographer's artistic vision' and 'our customers like it'." Uh-oh. Well I salvaged the catalogue from the trash and took a look. I actually liked a lot of the interesting and rather bizarre photography, but though I'm no prude (ahahaha), when I saw the pictures I was kind of like wtf. For the benefit of those who don't get the catalogue, there was this girl wearing a skirt and sunglasses barely covering herself with her hand, a totally nude girl removing her stockings, another girl covered only with a crumpled up t-shirt, and a girl in the classic lying-on-my-stomach-in-nothing-but-jeans pose. And then the clear American Apparel ripoffs: girls in extremely see-through tops and the classic butt-in-face pose, plus a girl wearing lace leggings paired only with lingerie, several girls wearing outfits with a bra instead of a shirt and the requisite scantily-clad-girl-taking-shower pose. Edit: See here, here, and here for some examples. So, alright, what's the big deal?
Well, not only are the models very young-looking (young, innocent, and naked...) but also... this is a catalogue. Sure, Abercrombie, American Apparel, etc. have been using naked people to sell clothes for quite some time, but what struck me about the UO catalogue was that it was done to look so arty. It's just weird. You're a catalogue, not Vogue Paris. I just find it extremely unnecessary to use "artful" nudity in catalogue. Thoughts?
And now, for the outfit:
Wet Seal blazer, headband, belt, and necklace. Target dress. DIY shredded jeans. Converse sneakers.
Yesterday I dressed kind of flapper-ish, today was kind of hippie-ish! And the blazer because "most members of the counter culture were white middle- or upper-class college kids." Ahh it's fun to learn about the stuff in school. I heart 20th Century History! But the headband only lasted through first block because it was giving me a horrible headache and when I took it off there was this big red imprint all across my forehead! Jeez....