Thursday, December 3, 2009
UN Translators Needed: POSITION FILLED
Job description: translate this article below about MMTSI in the new issue of the very awesome and very glossy Swiss fashion magazine Edelweiss.
Experience required: Dealing with heads of state or high school level French
Payment: respect, admiration, leftover Halloween candy
UPDATE: Readers Pam Carson and Chryssi Tsoupanarias have taken on the job.
Translation as follows:
Fashion, the world and vice versa
Where we ask, each month, how the continent of fashion shakes the planet
On the other hand, let’s talk about…
…“gypset” and “my mother, style icon”… We’ve got to chat with you before the end of this year, the one during which we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. We’ve also got to talk before the unveiling of hippie chic in spring 2010. Oops, hippie chic? Rewind. We wanted to say “gypset.” This catchword (“gypset” = “gypsy” + “jet set”) appeared in the fashion universe last spring. Coined by the New York journalist Julia Chaplin (who writes for The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, and Wallpaper), it means “an emerging group of creative semi-nomadic people and the bohemian places where they live, from Montauk to Cornouailles, passing by the Rift Valley, in Kenya.” Their family tree? “English Romantic-era poets, Victorian adventurers, the surrealists, the beatniks, the hippies, and ravers.” On the runways? Marant, Marni, Missoni… or Altuzarra. And where does my mother fit in? In the last issue, we talked about the “vintage-me” (vintage-moi) wave, the funny trend of posting photos on the Web of you wearing the worst outfits of decades past. Next? The wave of “vintage my mother.” Who started this trend? The blog, My Mom, The Style Icon – Moms as Fashion Muses*, launched in March by Piper Weiss, a 31-year-old Brooklyn journalist. Where did she get the idea? “I came across two photo albums of my mother when she was 20 years old, around 1969, and I was struck by all the adorable clothes, sexy and trendy boyfriends, exotic places… I scanned the images when my mom was out walking the dog and I created the blog. Now she knows and she adores the site, which took off when I started to receive images of “mother style icons” from around the world,” says Piper. She admits that her mother-muse relationship hasn’t always been idyllic. “We have epic battles on the topic of clothes. I rebelled against her advice by doing exactly the opposite (which drove me to some serious fashion blunders). Then, around the age of 25, I discovered my parents’ old records, 1960s films, Fleetwood Mac, and the flamboyant sense of fashion they had in 1979. Today, I’m thankful to her for her influence. “Gypset” and your mother’s wardrobe, where we can build a future with the past.