March 18, 2004
The piece on artist Ray Johnson ["His Life Was His Art, His Death Its Coda," by Steven Rosen, March 11], coupled with the one in the magazine, "The Golden Age of Mediocrity" [March 7], bring together for me a sad fact: Too often in today's world eccentricity passes for originality in art. That, together with the arbitrary focus on grunge and the gross, because they exist in life, adds up to mediocrity. Horror, pain, even eccentricity have been depicted by geniuses of Art (Goya, Picasso, Camus, Rilke, Beckett, to name a very few)
September 1, 2013 |
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
January 2, 2012
Official End of the World Party A quartet of local indie rock up-and-comers mark the second day of 2012, which — if Mayan predictions are accurate — is the final year for Mother Earth. Revent, Albert Garrett & the Bad Romantics, Gunpowder Secrets and Sabroasa Purr will woo the audience with a diverse display of grunge, pop punk and alt-rock. The Viper Room, 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $10. (310) 358-1881. viperroom.com.
June 7, 1998
Since when did "grunge" become "accepted" as the term to describe '90s independent rock groups!? Better yet, when did the Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, etc., become independent rock groups?! This is one of the most absurd statements I've ever heard ("Beyond the Grunge," by Robert Hilburn, May 31). Grunge was a media and a fashion event. Basically the country, facilitated by the greed of the corporate establishment, looked to the Northwest and bit the style of a bunch of kids making music.
May 9, 1993
Don't we have enough problems with gangs without this glorification, without these terrible clothes being advertised? Were the models gang members? One even had a ring in his nose. Disgusting! BETTY HOWARD Walnut Editor's note: Was every '50s kid with a ducktail a hood? Was every '60s hippie with long hair a criminal? Today, is every kid in baggy pants and an oversized T-shirt a gang member? Designers marched their versions of this rap/street/ grunge look down the runways in spring fashion shows.
March 13, 2011 |
After four weeks of runway shows parading designers' visions for this coming fall and winter, here's what retail buyers ? who will bring the looks home to you ? are saying. Amanda Brooks, fashion director, Barneys New York The season's big idea: Designers realize that women rarely wear their looks head to toe, so it's about designing great items and putting them together in a contextual way so that women can incorporate them into their wardrobes. The must-haves: Longer skirts, around the knee or below, or all the way down to the ground ?