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post #75436 of 109053
Friend just posted this on Facebook. It's worth a grin, or a couple soft laughs.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/iowa-fashion-week-begins,31579/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post%3Aheadline%3Adefault

The Onion (Click to show)
DES MOINES, IA—The greater Des Moines area was abuzz with excitement Monday as Iowa’s annual Fashion Week officially kicked off, opening a busy seven days of runway shows and clothing exhibitions showcasing Iowa’s hottest new styles from the state’s premier apparel and footwear designers.

The highly anticipated weeklong event is reportedly expected to draw as many as 250 people to the capital region for a first glimpse at new collections from the top names in Iowa fashion, including Ames resident Jerry Paquette, Iowa City’s Marjorie Lanford, and veteran crochet designer Shelly Farnsworth of Jasper County.

“This week is a chance to show off the hottest new Iowa looks—from long johns to windbreakers to hooded sweatshirts,” said 31-year-old Fashion Week coordinator Jennifer Cathcart. “What’s on display over the next few days will soon be seen all over the trendiest streets in the likes of Davenport, Sioux City, and Algona.”

“This is the cutting edge of Iowa style,” Cathcart added.

The festivities reportedly began with a gala show at the Hampton Inn near the Des Moines Airport. According to reports, dozens of fans clamored to watch models strut down the butcher-paper catwalk in Conference Room B wearing Jockey’s 2013 line of white crew-neck tees as the Roosevelt High School jazz band performed a rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework.”

In addition to Jockey, other big names scheduled to debut new clothing lines throughout the week include St. John’s Bay, Champion, Joe Boxer, Lee jeans, and Starter. Also on display will be this year’s University of Iowa Hawkeyes baseball caps and knitted wool hats, which are reportedly perennial favorites among the state’s fashion aficionados.

“The big themes this season are ‘roomy,’ ‘loose,’ and ‘comfortable,’” said Cathcart, adding that there is already considerable buzz surrounding the new American flag–inspired sweaters from Kohl’s. “Many designers have gone with bright neon greens and purples for their polyester rain jackets, which should be a big hit among Corn Belt fashionistas, and the oxford loafers from Payless are also guaranteed to be one of the hottest items of the season.”

“But keep an eye out for the new line of sweatpants from trendy Quad Cities designer Tom Dunborn, which is supposed to make an especially big splash,” Cathcart continued. “Everyone is talking about them. Tom always pairs classic elegance with sensible durability, and what he does with elastic waistbands is truly timeless.”

According to sources, excitement has been palpable on the streets of Des Moines, as a host of celebrities from the Hawkeye State are expected to make appearances.

“Everybody who’s anybody in Iowa will be here this week,” said Des Moines Register reporter Cathleen Fletcher, noting that local CBS 8 news anchor Mollie Cooney, star Burlington Bees shortstop Wade Kirkland, and Q92.3 DJ Luke Kimball are all expected to be in attendance to check out the new branded shirts from the Iowa Aviation Museum gift shop. “There’s no telling which stars you’ll see sitting in the front row of folding chairs. There are even rumors that [former Herbert Hoover High School basketball standout and 2009 graduate] Lee Pedersen will be there!”

Fletcher added that the first day of shows had already garnered positive reviews, despite a brief incident in which a model wearing a T-shirt featuring cartoon cats suffered a heart attack on the runway in Hoyt Middle School’s gymnasium and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

Nevertheless, fashion designers and event officials alike reportedly remain eager to impress, as the weeklong event affords them statewide exposure and reportedly pumps over $1,200 into the Iowa economy.

“Launching at Iowa Fashion Week is a dream come true for me,” said up-and-coming designer Debra Schmidt, 34, of Council Bluffs, IA, who will be debuting her line of relaxed-fit carpenter jeans. “I’m branching out this season from my usual camouflage cargo pants and really pushing the boundaries of Iowa fashion. I can’t wait to see the reaction from fans and the press.”

Following the conclusion of the opening night festivities, an afterparty was reportedly held at the local VFW hall on Locust Street, where sources confirmed an exclusive list of attendees enjoyed complimentary glasses of Coca-Cola and Miller Lite while waiters made rounds with plates of pizza bagels, pigs-in-a-blanket, and cheese fries.

Many Iowans told reporters they are already gearing up for tomorrow’s shows, which include risqué presentations of Fruit of the Loom’s spring line of men’s classic briefs and a new collection of white gold-toe athletic socks from acclaimed sock designer Darryl Andrews.

“I love coming to Fashion Week because all the clothes are really nice,” said 46-year-old mother of three Barbara Hastings of Creston, IA. “The shirts are nice, and the pants are nice, too. Everyone does a great job.”

“It’s very nice,” Hastings added.
post #75437 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post

This is why Chinese people don't spend their whole lives whining about their whole lives but don't worry, we're contagious; we gave you anorexia, authenticity is next.

can you expand on this, i somehow understand your rant on a subconscious level
post #75438 of 109053
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Originally Posted by pickpackpockpuck View Post

haha, fair point. look, i'm not saying everyone on here is a miserable bastard because they like buying stuff. i like buying stuff. i posted it because it's relevant to the audience on here, myself included. i am surprised by how strongly some people reacted to that piece since, as you point out (and as I've pointed out too), it's nothing new. i'm also surprised that people have gotten so defensive. honestly I think that says more about the person responding than it does about the piece.

oddly enough, those 4,000 posts spent in pursuit of what you want are arguably more gratifying than getting what you want: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/study-wanting-things-makes-us-happier-than-having-them/267216/

Haha, I wasn't attacking you at all, it's a good thing to keep in mind and talk about and you're right that it applies to a lot of us here. I find myself wanting to buy things for the sake of buying things from time to time (who hasn't?) but it's just this sort of 'having less = happiness' is so contrived and tired now and that it's much more complicated than that. I don't think people were getting defensive towards the idea at its basis, but really more towards the writer and how he frames his argument. It could've been done a lot better, imo
MINIMALISM IS DEAD
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post #75440 of 109053
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Originally Posted by gong View Post

can you expand on this, i somehow understand your rant on a subconscious level

There was no western-style anorexia in China, it first arrived in HK in the 90s (late 80s?) and then moved to the mainland. I'm sure the deep sense of white middle-class insatisfaction will soon arrive on your Chinese shores. On a wider scale we can also see that because the Chinese are in the process of adopting the cheapest, dumbest and most toxic western culture ersatz can be absorbed (globalized bullshit), they'll also get their values shattered to be replaced by the pseudo axiological neutrality of the market. Meanwhile I'll be crankily hiding home with my shotgun and (printed) books.
post #75441 of 109053
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Originally Posted by kindofyoung View Post

why isn't the fedex guy coming with my new walllet, shoulda been here over an hour ago confused.gif

Probably hanging out on a desert island.
post #75442 of 109053
Everyone should do some traveling in their lives, but there's such an emphasis on travel now that you're made to feel like a weirdo if it's not a priority to you, or worse, of no real interest. A lot of people really get something out of traveling, but it's become The Thing to spend your money on in this pared-down economic climate. And maybe because of its heightened importance, it seems like some people don't treat it much differently than they did their fancy new toy or gadget. Travel if it's something you personally enjoy. Don't turn it into some dick-measuring contest and think it's OK to do so just because you're now spending your money on an intangible.
post #75443 of 109053

I spend my money on the finest dick-measuring tools and technology to help me win said contests

post #75444 of 109053
APC denim is not half bad. Would have bought my GF petit standards this weekend if they had her size in the shop.
post #75445 of 109053
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

Anyway, I am the 24th unbroken generation of my family, and my kids and nephews and nieces are the 25th - my family traces back to the extant ancestral village, and is at least five hundred years old. I personally think of myself as a part of a continuum, and myself, the individual, as just part of my family history.

Everyone has two biological parents; each of those parents had two biological parents; and so on. Is there a person anywhere who cannot say "I am the 24th unbroken generation of my family"? What is a "broken" lineage but an ended one?

Also, from a page or two ago, it turns out cold-ass honkey has the last laugh:
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Sruli Recht, A/W 13-14

I am pleased to say that, after a prolonged absence, I can now breathe life back into my fashion design life and work blog, Geometric Discharge! This comes after having a Skype interview yesterday direct from Iceland and being accepted to intern at the Reykjavik-based menswear brand Sruli Recht (photo from the winter collection above) in the studio of whom I can.not.wait. to work.

I’m handing in my notice at my job on Friday and about a month from then I’m leaving for Reykjavik for three months.

I’ll keep this blog updated!
post #75446 of 109053
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post


Anyway, I am the 24th unbroken generation of my family, and my kids and nephews and nieces are the 25th - my family traces back to the extant ancestral village, and is at least five hundred years old. I personally think of myself as a part of a continuum, and myself, the individual, as just part of my family history.

what, aside from the continuity of genetic material, makes you proud of this information (if you are) ? i mean whatever achievements belonged to them and don't necessarily reflect upon you aside perhaps a claim to certain standards you feel you need to meet. it almost sounds as if you consider yourself a robot, just the latest iteration ?
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post


There was no western-style anorexia in China, it first arrived in HK in the 90s (late 80s?) and then moved to the mainland. I'm sure the deep sense of white middle-class insatisfaction will soon arrive on your Chinese shores. On a wider scale we can also see that because the Chinese are in the process of adopting the cheapest, dumbest and most toxic western culture ersatz can be absorbed (globalized bullshit), they'll also get their values shattered to be replaced by the pseudo axiological neutrality of the market. Meanwhile I'll be crankily hiding home with my shotgun and (printed) books.

while simultaneously exporting the cheapest, dumbest, and at times toxic goods that western societies amass en masse. seems like a two-way highway to hell
post #75447 of 109053
i'm not sure if a position with sruli recht is the best way to start one's fashion career, at least from a tailoring standpoint
post #75448 of 109053
Calling it now, in about 3 months we'll be talking about Sruli Recht's new floor length coat made from actual interns
post #75449 of 109053
dude i hadn't even considered an ulterior motive

keeping my eye out for the Geometric Discharge Jacket
post #75450 of 109053
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Originally Posted by TWorksheets View Post

Calling it now, in about 3 months we'll be talking about Sruli Recht's new floor length coat made from actual interns
Can I pre-order one now?
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