My chola obsession has waned (for now) and has jumped ship to what can only be described as “White Trash” fashion. No, seriously. It’s a thing. Trailer Park Couture, Redneck Realness, Haute Hillbilly; whatever you wanna call it I think we can all agree that the common denominator amongst these is essentially...poverty. So what’s with fashions ongoing fascination with poor people? For the rich, wealthy, and powerful (who can actually afford the Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, and other designer items being featured) is the trailer park simply the only frontier into which they have not ventured? For these people, sailing off the coast of France, vacationing in Paris, or living in an NYC penthouse is just...so common place, boring even. But a trailer park? Now that’s somewhere they’ve never been! My first reaction to this white trash obsession was the obvious fact that the juxtaposition of a $3,000 handbag or a $10,000 “arm party” held up in stark contrast to the harsh, cold, reality of a trailer park does have quite the story to tell.
But then, instead of thinking of these two seemingly opposite forces being against one another, I thought it might be fun to look for the relationship between them. It’s like yin and yang; all these contrary forces in our life like light & dark, hot & cold, happy & sad, even rich & poor, are all interconnected and interdependent upon each other. One cannot exist without each other- they need each other. And when I thought of it this way, the conversation became even more intriguing. They say (and by ‘they’ I mean some famous smart dude) that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...is that what we are seeing here? Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
What do you think of white trash fashion? Is it the glamorization or poverty in the name of selling a product? Or an altruistic choice of art direction specifically aimed at holding up a mirror to society and begging the question, “What exactly does this say about our world?” And if all this thinking is just too much to handle...have no fear! Tomorrow I’ll be back to posting shameless photos of myself in pretty clothes ;)
Until next time,
Images via Tumblr and Neon Mamacita