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seeing red

I saw two little red words on Friday and got slightly annoyed.

In fact, I almost couldn’t believe they were there…

So here’s my point of view.

Fashion is cyclical. I was born in 1973, and everything I ever wore between 4-17(and beyond, of course) has come back on-trend at least once, worn again by people of ALL ages. There are no rules about who can wear what and when any more. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it, don’t buy it! Simple.

Billboards exist to get people’s attention and shift product. The shoe company are under no obligation to protect you from feeling outraged or offended in public space.

There is no hidden agenda or disguised anything here. I am seeing a model posed rather effectively on a chair, perfect for a boring roadside location. And a rather lovely pair of shoes…

About Vetti

I love good coffee, street art, tiki bars and kitsch. Adore roller derby and quiffs and vintage Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy a slice of my northside life!

3 responses to “seeing red

  1. Arty Graffarti ⋅

    amazing, one of the smartest things I’ve seen in awhile

  2. What was the name of that group from Australia? Buggar -Up(?) I get the argument both ways. The problem always becomes one of “who decides who decides” and then we start down the slippery slope of self censorship.

    Actually I think Calvin Kline was a bit more notorious with the covert pedophilia images (think early Brook Shields and later Kate Moss in the paneled basements)

  3. Vetti

    Pasadena: BUGA-UP – I had their poster on my wall as a teenager 🙂

    Agree with you – the Calvin ads were way more out there than anything I’ve seen recently. This one pales significantly in comparison.

    Public space should be attention grabbing and diverse – I wouldn’t want anyone limiting what I can and can’t see/consume/experience just because they don’t like it…

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