Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vivawatch 2: Viva Goes Bananas

The front cover of today's Viva has an image of Milan Furniture Week. I never knew that mannequin legs could be used as an elegant-yet-practical doorstop.

"An anti-luxury statement in a luxury-obsessed culture", Toy Watch is an Italian-based watch, brand new in at Superette. [...] This stand-out blingy watch, $889, features rose gold and crystal detail [...]
I'm not sure what it would mean to be an Italian-based watch, but I don't know if I would pay $900 for a watch that has to go back to Europe. Anyway, it's comforting to see that even Viva couldn't call a $900 watch "an anti-luxury statement" without using scare quotes.

Designed by Thomas Pedersen, the simple but effective StingRay chair is a modern interpretation of the traditional rocking chair [...] Inspired by a seashell, the unique chair made of a large single sheet of moulded, laminated wood is intended to encase you with a feeling of inner peace.
When I started reading this, erm, piece, I wondered exactly what it was that made a chair "effective". Does it just mean you don't fall off while sitting on it? Later, sitting in my new acquisition, I suddenly had an epiphany: it is the provision of inner peace.

We've noticed a mini eyewear trend [as opposed to a mini-eyewear trend... monocles?] recently - two-tone sunglasses. We've spotted them on stylish girls around town, as well on [sic] a few celebs (think Chloe Sevigny). But not just any colour will do it right they [sic] must be clear and black.
So it's safe for me to get rid of the hot pink and black two-tone sunglasses that I (and everyone else) had at age eight? Reading this, I can't help but think about the epistemology of fashion: how does one know if someone is a "stylish girl"? What if someone wore a fashionable dress, two-tone sunglasses and gumboots? Which way do you go? Are gumboots stylish, or is the person gauche? Luckily, there are highly trained professionals to answer these sorts of questions for me.

Interestingly, Viva has a section entitled "Retail Therapy".

1 comment:

  1. I, for one, can't wait until Viva previews the 2009/10 Urban Sombrero range.