Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Slave to fashion

Better than the comics

A plastic crate sits in one corner of my dining area, where newspapers get pitched into it every morning. The crate gets to gobble newspapers in two servings. First I strip the newspapers of their sports sections, classified ads, and sales inserts. I never look at those, so they get dumped immediately. The rest of the newspaper follows later, after I've had a chance to peruse my favorite sections.

The comics are also included. I like those. And the editorial and news pages. And, of course, the sections on style and fashion. You really can't beat the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle's style section for the latest word on what the fashion-conscious beautiful people will be wearing.

I'm not sure, however, exactly where these beautiful people are or when they will be wearing these new fashion creations. Not around here, apparently.

I don't flip through these sections for my own sake. You understand, I'm sure, that math professors are exempt from all of the rules of style and fashion. One of the beauties of the academic profession is that you can get away with just about anything, from ties to T-shirts. Hardly anyone cares or notices.

On the other hand, our students are mostly in the target age-demographic for the fashion shows reported by the Chronicle, but mine seem peculiarly immune to fashion-forward trends. I am fairly certain that none of them will be sporting Feng Chen Wang's outrĂ© offerings from a recent show at the San Francisco Arts of Fashion Foundation. Although the show was titled “Uniquely Untrendy,” I suspect they were being just a bit insincere. The results look plenty trendy to me.


Anyway, photos like this one are a good reason to refrain from tossing away the style section when I reduce my morning papers to their essentials. It's funnier than the comics section, even at the risk of snorting coffee out my nose every time I turn a page.

I just hope this young couple doesn't turn an ankle.

10 comments:

AnyEdge said...

You still read physical newspapers? That so environmentally unfriendly!

Sili said...

Well, with three possible exceptions newspaper comics are dead.

As for your interest in fashion: Are you sure you're not gay?

<funny, you don't look Jewish joke goes here>

Zeno said...

Yes, I read three physical newspapers, two of them dailies. The contents of the crate in the corner of my dining area go into the city's recycling every week.

Zeno said...

Sili, I'm not sure that pointing and laughing meet the general definition of an "interest" in something. What I am sure about, though, is that I'm not interested in being part of any kind of couple.

David Morning said...

Wait, I didn't know they were planning a "Dune" sequal!

Zeno said...

Ha! Now that you mention it, David, I see what you mean....

AnyEdge said...

Zeno: please take that in the spirit of silliness with which it was intended.

Rhoadan said...

Man, that looks like something from Go Fug Yourself. (Translation not provided to avoid offending your virgin eyes.)

Faegan Harti said...

I have, for years, wondered who the hell -- outside of Madonna, Lady Gaga and their ilk -- would ever wear this kind of crap. And I'm convinced even they only wear it as part of their branded image. Around the house, I'm certain it's strictly sweats, jeans or jammies.

The Ridger, FCD said...

It's very niche-specific even for them. I've never seen anybody on the streets wearing it.

(I too read a real newspaper, sometimes more than one, but I con... adm... proudly lay claim to reading the sports section!)