Tradition sacked again!

A fashion blog this most definitely is not. The closest I come to that is occasionally offering gratuitous fashion advice to politicians, which they don't seem to heed.

But this blog does purport to be about the culture, and like it or not, fashion is part of the culture. So, when a new men's outfit is billed as "the worst outfit in the history of the earth," I feel that creepy sense of obligation -- as if the earth's history might be passing me by while I sleep.

Anyway, I've seen the outfit, and while I don't know whether it's the worst in history, it does kind of make me want to plagiarize William F. Buckley and "stand athwart history, yelling Stop!"

Which I can do. But seriously, I doubt this blog has the power to stop history.

I can't even stop history's worst outfit:


CAPTION: A model presents a creation by Kazakhstan's Kenje design house during Kazakhstan Fashion Week in Almaty May 15, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The very first comment is typical, and not very complimentary:

Ewwww! Now that is gross. Where could one wear an outfit like that except maybe a gay parade.
I think that might be the whole idea. But because I have been trained to look on the dark side, I suspect (naturally) a darker purpose. Every year at around this time, the wicked San Francisco sodomite crowd have a contest in which they mock traditional values. Last time it was the Last Supper, and this year, the sodomites have outdone themselves further, and are deliberately mocking 1950s kitchens.

Is it possible that the Kazakh sodomites (influenced, no doubt, by their Western counterparts) might be chiming in with their own brand of mockery? Can it be a coincidence that for centuries, Kazakhstan was the traditional headquarters of the Saka and the Huns? That the traditional menswear looked like this?


The traditional elements of the hooded cap and eye-catching colors are clearly being mocked by the latest fashion atrocity, the stripped-down nature of which conveys an unmistakably homoerotic sexual subtext along the lines of "HUNS WITH BUNS!"

Have these people no shame? As if it wasn't enough to smash the American cowboy icon forever with "Brokeback Mountain," to forever link Leonardo da Vinci's art with Folsom Street festivities, and even to desecrate 1950s kitchens, must they now they taint the traditional values of the Huns?

Can it be a coincidence that one of greatest leaders of the Huns is even today considered an iconic right wing figure -- a standard by which all conservatism is measured? I refer, of course, to that favorite conservative slogan, "to the right of Attila the Hun."

What self-respecting Attila lover can use that expression in light of what can only be called "Huns with Buns"?

Is nothing sacred?

posted by Eric on 05.20.09 at 09:32 AM


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robert basler   ·  May 20, 2009 9:47 AM

You're very welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

Eric Scheie   ·  May 20, 2009 11:31 AM

When not even Borat will wear it - but never mind, let's not even think about that.

CGHill   ·  May 20, 2009 4:52 PM

I love that poster!

I yearn for a 1950s kitchen, mocked or not. I'm stuck with a 1960s one and it sucks. Apparently in the 60s, designers thought no one would be cooking anymore, so 2 feet of counter space would obviously be overkill.

And I'll never again be able to eat a hunny bun without laughing.

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