...down here, we still have hippies. Though some of them are just the original hippies, still hanging around.
As P.J. once said, "Funny how behind the times the avant-garde has gotten."
What are you talking about? I laugh at them all the time.
For me, it's even weirder 'cause I see them worn by kids who were born in the late 80s. How much excitement for G.B.H. can they have?
Is it possible evolved into something more than a fad? I was at a rockabilly show recently and saw teenagers trying their best to look like James Dean. We're in the 50 year range from the start of that one, yet there are these kids with rolled up jeans, boots, and white t-shirts.
Frnakly, I'd rather see kids in bondage pants and leather coats than leg warmers or members-only jackets...
I thought the same thing when I moved to Seattle. I think it's a PNW thing, as they were over this look down in L.A. when I left 10 years ago.
It goes in cycles, when you were leaving LA, the band Total Chaos was the only postcard Punk band on the scene, but today, there are heaps of them. During the mid-nineties, LA had pop-punk & crust metal going on. Meanwhile, in the Northwest, fashion Punk bands were just beginning to spread as Grunge collapsed in on itself.
I had the same thoughts when I went to "Nation" here in D.C. and saw a million people dressed in goth garb. it felt like just a variation on the people who get paid to wear tri-cornered hats and knickers in colonial Williamsburg...i guess it's a comment both on the wearer's lack of imagination and the mainstream's monolithic stasis that either side could possibly consider those uniforms "shocking".
hello, randomly stumbled on your blog, thought i'd weigh in on the subject.
So, the deal is, subcultures never die. & there are indeed girls who are fifteen who are doing the 80s FULL ON, & not being laughed at, or at least not too much. Also, there are always new things going on, but they have slowed down in their arrival on the scene. Also, there isn't the same sort of, "Everyone's doing it" mentality these days. Or, what's being done is so pervasive that it squeezes out subcultures. When i was a Punk Rocker in the late 80s & 90s, it was difficult to convince kids of the importance of conforming to something "old & English". Anyhow, there isn't the same kind of promotional system going on to get kids into these subcultures, so the new ones don't get the sort of promotion that the old ones did. Also, most of the American subcultural interest was coming from England, who has ceased being a big musical influence on America, so now, instead of whatever latest English musical trend is being promoted, we get whatever new sort of Black American cultural element is being promoted, like Krunk.
I find it oddly reassuring that punk, goth, and hippie seem to have become permanent subcultures, though I doubt that's the effect the practitioners of same mean to have on me.
Also, leg warmers are back. Ringmistress DiTolvo
was sporting some just the other day. I am now gritting my teeth and bracing myself for the return of v-jeans, the tuxedo-tailed bigshirt, and other horrors from my middle school years. Blouson crap seems to be having a bit of a renaissance aw well.
My friend Matt says that nostalgia is about becoming an adult but still longing after the first people who made an impression on you, desire-wise, when you were a little kid. Me, I think that stuff comes back into fashion the moment that said stuff becomes completely foreign (and therefore fascinating) to the newest crop of young trendies.
(This is Victoria, from the old book group btw. Hi!)