Monday, February 26, 2007

Stranger Than Fashion

Will The Real Chuck Taylor Please Roll Over in His Grave

I guess the point of all the D&G, John Varvatos, Casare Paciotti, etc. ads for stuff I will never buy is to cause the viewer to go, "What? Wait. Ummm. That's disturbing. Disturbingly artistic. Artistically disturbed. Nice photo of a weird situation. Unexplainable. I'll bet those clothes (shoes, jewelry) are expensive."

That's all it says to me. I see an ad like this, and I know I can't afford to play in this store. And I really hate it when a nice, storied brand gets taken into the realm of ultra-hip fashion. Example: Converse's Chuck Taylors were not meant to be expensive, designer shoes. But if they have John Varvatos' name on them, they double in price. And they get pictured in such bizare situations as the woman on the park picnic table holding a gallon of water as she's molested by a reject from a Clash cover band. She emits a jet of water from her lips while a hapless third member of the party apparently ruins the burgers in the background. Someone has written "sexy mess" on the picnic table bench. The copywriter worked hard on that line: Get Chucked.

Yeah? Chuck you, John Varvatos.

Chuck Taylors are eternallly cool. They've been in fashion, in one way or another, since the 1930s. But the fashion-conscious shallownistas can wear them now without feeling like they're slumming.

Mr. Varvatos, you are too artistic [expensive] for me. I just want normal Chuck Taylors. I'd prefer they not be associated with you.

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  • Kills me when they try and update the brand for young punks. It's old-skoolness is what makes it funky tho.

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at February 26, 2007 at 5:25 PM  

  • yeah that whole campaign blows. Luckily nothing can destroy the timeless allure of CT's.

    By Blogger Slinky Redfoot, at February 28, 2007 at 11:55 PM  

  • Talk about a double standard! When French Connection United Kingdom released their first ads, they were considered to obscene; although, the content wasn't bad whatsoever, what killed that campaign was the initials FCUK.

    This "Get Chucked" campaign borders the obscene yet almost pornographic. I've seen about 5 or 6 of the ads and it's really pushing the envelope for me.

    Anyone know who the FEMALE MODEL is in "Sex Mess" is?

    By Blogger Onemorecup, at March 12, 2007 at 8:15 PM  

  • A cool chick called Nicole from a NY agency called Click.
    I just happen to be the 'reject from the Clash cover band' in that particular photo.
    Pornographic? Yeah, not really. A shot of a dude pissing from behind, and a hand in the general vacinity of.... ok, that one's slightly pornographic!
    I thought they looked alright...

    By Anonymous j, at March 12, 2007 at 11:43 PM  

  • Welcome to WMJP, Mick Jones.

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at March 13, 2007 at 8:43 AM  

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