15 April 2014

The Prada Problem

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Tayler and I finally wrapped up the final photos for our Most Important Ugly photo project and hopped right into shooting my babe Jilly (photos of her on Tayler's blog) and also these cute bags I've gotten recently. This will be the last time we have studio space together until after the summer which is really weird! We've been shooting almost every weekend for six or seven months now and almost always around this very strict theme using this very specific process. So finally working on stuff outside rules we've set for ourselves was a strange experience. Tayler jumped right into it and built this amazing set and I was almost at a loss as to what to do with Jilly's makeup, since I'm so used to interrogating people and building a history based on their stories. To not have that story and not reference any specific look like I sometimes do (recreating McGrath for Galliano, 5ever) - it was really exciting but also really intimidating.


I think into things all of the time, half probably because I'm eternally trying to justify my interests as having value and the other half because I want to explore that value endlessly. But really, even though I love makeup and love how it connects people, sometimes you just want simple looks that look good. I didn't build on any references, I just went with colors I thought would look nice. Jilly has perfect skin and she looks good in everything so it was really easy and fun. Almost too much fun: I had to give my permission to keep it really simple. The day before (or after? time is weird) I did the exact opposite and I had to give my permission to go all out and I spent a very long time doing detail work and violent physical labor with glitter.

Hat: DIY Glasses: Givenchy Dress: Choies*Strawberry Bag: Tayler's Egg Bag: Luna from the MoonShoes: ASOS. Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Electric PaletteLipstick: YSL Le Orange* Tayler's Bag: Jump from Paper*

Anyway. So I copped this Prada knockoff. Sorry Prada. I worship the ground you work on and I talk about knockoffs quite consistently! There was just no way in hell I could ever afford the real thing, Prada doesn't really do Archive sales in the style of CDG so there was no point in even waiting a million years. I settled and bought the knockoff instead -- laughing at the minor differences all the while (documented in my Prada tag on tumblr, to my own amusement and no one else's, because I have a sad sense of humor). I did buy Authentic Prada sunglasses though so like, she still is getting my money in some capacity? To assuage the guilt I feel. I was going to buy the bra that goes on top of it, but even the non-embellished version costs about $1200 and I would rather make it myself with vintage brooches and you know, pay rent and student loans and stuff. I'm sure Miuccia doesn't mind too much.


I don't even know why I am apologizing to the internet when we are all pretty complicit in knockoff corporate culture. I think it's probably because I think about class and knockoffs all the time and haven't purchased anything in months besides authentic designer and now I feel weird class shame like I've reverted.  This is the kind of shame that is set up in us and I'm not sure it's entirely a bad or good thing. It's just a thing. I'm thinking a lot about feelings about feelings lately and how you don't really need them. No feeling is final, right? And you don't need to have feelings about feelings. Once you realize this you become free in a lot of ways. Freedom doesn't make you a better person though, and I think we're supposed to want to be better people. Better over freedom? You can aspire for both, of course. But I'm not sure you can get them at once all the time, particularly in the context of consumerism. There is always guilt to fall somewhere, usually it's on the consumer. Especially the poor consumer. Bootstraps mentality and all that jazz -- if you work harder you'll get what you deserve, what you work for, rise. Of course, that's not what really happens. Luck and privilege change the game and you don't so much 'get' a job as are given one. This is where the real conversation begins. But we're still told otherwise, and told if you don't buy the Original you're the bad one when you certainly weren't the person who made the fake to begin with. You're less than. You try to work off the guilt when it shouldn't be yours to deal with in the first place. Do you know what I mean? Feel free to disagree.

Anyway. At the end of the day it's a cute fucking "fake" dress. I wore it outside today with "real" Prada.
Nobody knew the difference.

Photos by Tayler as usual.


Bowties said...

All of these photos are so fun! I love the bright colors. The designer/consumer struggle is real haha. I wish I could afford to just blow money on everything designer, so I know how it feels. Ive given myself a 'pass' though every year and for my birthday I splurge on a really good investment piece. too bad my birthday isn't more times a year haha <3


Izzy McLeod said...

Ahh I love these photos so much, such great colours. That egg bag is amazing <3

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Miss J. said...

Impressive pics!


K.C said...

That set is amazing; how. Love these photos and colors and just everything. Seeing as I can't afford the real dress, I'd wear the fake version anyday..


Arabelle Sicardi said...

Yeah I #treatyoself probably more than I should but whatever mannnnn

Bowties said...

Nothing wrong with that. Whatever you're doing, keep doing it. I love your style and you give me me major hair colour envy <3333

MrsMcHills said...

I. want. everything. in this shoot. And yes, the set is perfect!
Where did you source the beret? I'm looking for one that's not wool...

Kelly McDougall said...

As far as authenticity goals, I want to have a look that is authentic to me. Sometimes I can achieve that through 'authentic' items, and sometimes I can't. I would rather spend less time worrying about my clothes being authentic enough for other people, and more time creating a look that is authentically me. I'm not there yet, but posts like this one are a huge motivation. Thank you.

Glitterous Clitoris

Sabine said...

These shots are just so colourful and fun! Love it! And I have to say that I think your dress is hella rad.


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Ria Michelle said...

THESE PHOTOSSSSSSSSSS!!! You guys are stunting! So amazing, I'm in awe.

Totally in the same place as far as consumerism. I've been consistently buying designer lately which means I shop less. I really like the things I've been buying but then there are things I really will not be able to buy and I feel like I can't buy the knockoff or inspired version because then that'S reverting or doesn't look good/fit with me somehow. Meanwhile nobody else is probably paying attention and I'm putting this pressure on myself lol.

Jennifer kris said...

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designer/consumer attempt is absolute haha. I ambition I could allow to
just draft money on aggregate designer, so I apperceive how it feels.
Ive accustomed myself a 'pass' admitting every year and for my
altogether I splurge on a absolutely acceptable investment piece. too
bad my altogether isn't added times a year

Consuelo Delgado said...

I. want. everything. in this shoot. And yes, the set is perfect! Beauty tips i love these dress color i loved it...

Maki U. said...

there is definitely nothing wrong with purchasing a "fake" dress. and there is a lot of reasons why.

however, i found your main argument ("you certainly weren't the person who made the fake to begin with") a little bit strange. like, you weren't the person who killed the cow, you just ate the burger. you weren't the person who tested this shampoo on animals, you just washed your hair with it.

i'm sure you didn't mean anything bad. i adore you a lot. just, yeah, i felt slightly confused after i finished reading this post.