What Does Being a Tough Girl Mean Today?
Do you remember when tough women used to wear biker boots, and it made them look different from the other ones? It was about 5 years ago, before the rock look started to be trendy. Studs, boots, black colour were a prerogative of a certain type of woman, a subculture, a certain-kind-of-music listeners and so on.
I mean, now if you dress with a studded clutch and ripped off jeans you probably listen to Icona Pop and study law. (not that there’s something wrong with listening to Icona Pop and studying law, but you get the point!).
This issue raised as soon as gothic and black started to be trendy: we were all happy at the beginning cause it was easier to find clothes and accessories, but then it all went downhill. Quality started to be obviously crappy, people who formerly dressed only in pink+blue suddenly turned to steel+boots, high street was literally flooded with fake bands t-shirts.
How many people do you see everyday wearing a Ramones t-shirt, a Joy Division Unknown Pleasures radio waves image without even knowing where it comes from or that it is even an album cover (blatant example). And the list goes on. This topic has been discussed so many times that I don’t even know why I am rambling about it. Oh no wait, I know.
My point is that I thought this whole trend was over, that Mayans and Aztecs finally took over the high street, that flowers were back and neon colours put an end to the studs mania. Until I was flipping through the pages of a random fashion magazine today and stumbled upon the Valentino Rockstud which is the supreme evil in terms of subcultures VS fashion.
I’d like to take a quick glance to some tough women of the past, and some of our contemporaries.
|Siouxsie Sioux and Patti Smith||Madonna and Blondie|
Need I say more? Madonna legitimized the use of sacred images in the mainstream medias; singer-songwriter, poet, artist and punk-rock legend Patti Smith; Blondie and Siouxsie, I mean, they all made music history and they all had strong opinions and weren’t afraid of speaking out.
If we don’t talk strictly about rock/punk look, we can say that Coco Chanel was one of these tough women as well: she basically started wearing mens clothes and started the whole costume jewelry thing. She changed fashion forever. And that was clear from her look. If you want me to go crazy feminist, think Frida Kahlo with all her extravagances, Simone de Beauvoir with her ties and turbans, Tank Girl (oh sorry this is not a real person XD). If you can think of more, please leave a comment below , we’d love to think about more tough women!
But what does a strong look mean now? I’ll tell you: nothing, it means nothing.
I definitely feel the lack of meaning and the excess of image, everywhere and in any case. Below you have some clear examples of what I mean.
Taylor Momsen and the Pretty Reckless for Gods sake? Agyness Dean? Other random socialité and heiresses? I mean, today the only way to scream your opinion with what you’re wearing, is not wearing it.
What do you think about this issue? How can fashion carry any message anymore? Am I just disenchanted?
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