posted by: HerberWellss in General on June 4th, 2009
A few weeks ago, George Will in the Investors Business Daily and Daniel Akst in the Wall Street Journal wrote about denim. Both felt that denim is symptomatic of an attitude of indifference and lack of respect. Denim on the wealthy is, Akst says, “the wardrobe equivalent of driving a Hummer to a Whole Foods store — discordant.” They feel it is silly for those whose only physical labor consists of loading their bags of clubs into golf carts, to dress as if they were going to do real physical labor. Mr. Will states that, “Denim is the carefully calculated costume of people eager to communicate indifference to appearance.” He goes on to say this indifference shows the lack of maturity and respect for others.
Initially, the articles set me on edge because it was very close to home. Denim has helped the cotton industry and we are cotton growers. Then I read an interview of Carine Roitfeld of Vogue Paris. She never wears jean to work. Only for holiday. She always wears skirts and heels to work. Her quote is, “Jeans are for my assistants.”
Last week, a friend of mine died suddenly and I went to her funeral. As a part of the service, a couple stood up to sing. The woman wore a pair of designer distressed jeans paired with platformed heels. The man wore wrinkled jeans that had holes in the knees. I was angry with them because of their disrespect to the family by wearing such inappropriate, casual clothing. He wears that same outfit to church because he wants to feel “comfortable”. Holes in the knees? Oh Please. So, with three articles and a funeral in mind, I came upon a couple of photographs.
This is, arguably, the most beautiful couple in the world. Aishwarya Rai and her husband Abhishek Bachchan. They were at a Cinema Verite 2009 Press Conference in Cannes. Aishwarya spoke on behalf of Cinema Verite, an event dedicated to films and social actions that promote human rights. She looks wonderful. The dress is beautiful and her wedges are cute. He has paired a tuxedo jacket with distressed jeans. I thought the distressed jeans were out of place. A couple of other men wore jeans to the event, but I saw many other photos of handsome suits and beautiful dresses. The COST of these jeans isn’t important. Which, I’m sure, was substantial. That is not the issue. The issue is: Is denim appropriate everywhere?
This next photo has nothing to do with my point, I am including this photograph because her dress is so pretty. Her shoes are Jimmy Choo Kenzie platform sandals and her dress is Elie Saab.
The next photograph I found was of Isabelle Huppert as they were presenting the judges in Cannes. She wore Louis Vuitton and looked great. Her jeans were not distressed, but the attitude she projected was definitely casual, where every one else wore a dress or linen suit. Does this woman have 24 inch hips?
Now, I am not going to give up my jeans. Ever. But I am re-thinking my habit of wearing heels and jeans to church, parties or events.
So, what do you think? Is wearing denim or jeans with heels the equivalent of driving a Hummer to Whole Foods? Is it OK to wear denim anywhere, at any time? Where do you draw the line? This is something I am sort of struggling with.