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the unknown artist

I've got them. Studded leggings! Oh yes. It's doubtless indecent for a woman my age to even consider wearing such things but no, no. I do not care. It's like someone crossed Mad Max with Xanadu. Meatloaf with Olivia Newton John. You risk conceptual whiplash just by looking at them. There were studded jumper dresses too, but they had already sold out. All the cool kids want to look like Jenny Agutter (should have looked).

Unfortunately my attempts to find a cardigan that could if required be pitched as en emergency tent met with fail. The various cardigan designs ("boyfriend", "waterfall", "boxing helena") don't appeal, and those which do stray into just being a cardigan are brutally thin. Guess the cold snap caught the shops on the hop, too.

I forgot about the sequel to seeing Seizure (in London, before the snow). I went to the Tate to check out Pop life, seduced in by a full room of La Cicciolina and Jeff Koons. Her blue mascara was iconic enough to make it into the sculpture. I was struck again by Koons' odd resemblance to Adam Ant. Grace Jones was much in evidence yet never named. Hurst had a room full of artificial diamonds and gold plate, a millionaire circle-jerk covered with signs saying how democratic it was, just for the kink. Cosy Fanny Tutti had turned out some of her clippings archive; Tracy Emin had covered a wall in shelves full of tiny intimacies, and filled a glass case with relics of her relentless co-promotion with Sam Taylor-Wood. Thank heavens for Takashi Murakami, the prick in the pompousness, with his capsule toys and anime goddesses. Turned out blue hair was just the thing to wear.

Outside the Tate, we saw this:

The latin translates as -- don't praise me, just throw money.


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12th Jan, 2010 00:00 (UTC)
Oh, I was going to possibly go to that this weekend, but it sounds like wank.
12th Jan, 2010 00:06 (UTC)
including one that'll have your eyes out
It has a wank focus, no denying that. Wank and prostitution. It's made for some interesting pieces, mind. And some interesting compromises.
12th Jan, 2010 08:59 (UTC)
Re: including one that'll have your eyes out
I like the way the unknown artist flails about in slow motion like a drunk animatronic statue of Lenin.
13th Jan, 2010 12:23 (UTC)
Re: including one that'll have your eyes out
Oh, it finishes this weekend too. All right, I'll go and see it.
12th Jan, 2010 00:55 (UTC)
The "boxing Helena" cardigan presumably comes without sleeves.
12th Jan, 2010 08:54 (UTC)
may not be using official names
Indeed it does. Sleeveless, belted, nipped-in waist.
12th Jan, 2010 08:36 (UTC)
!!! Where did you find studded leggings? I developed a large amount of ire towards Zara because one of the dummys in the window of their Oxford St branch was wearing some and they didn't actually sell any inside!
12th Jan, 2010 08:52 (UTC)
zara had them? I didn't see that!
Although I don't really dare shop in their womenswear... love the kids dept though

I got the same from Oasis -- leggings, window, not on the rail, tf -- although your Oasis might be better than mine as it's (presumably) not down an alleyway smelling of wee. The studs on the Oasis one were rather bigger than the ones on mine which is why I'm suggesting you try them, although...

I bought the Primark clone. Studs aren't as big, but they're in a pleasing arrangement. It's with evening wear rather than leggings.
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