10.8.11

hoodie



Surreal to wake, still, in the beach house - not in London - birds chirping, (what is that same bird SAYING? I asked my husband. 'He's just being territorial, he said'. So now the song I hear over and over, in my head I translate as 'It's my TREE!! It's my TREE!!')

Haven't even had coffee yet, but reading some great tweets and articles, especially this one by Kevin Braddock in the Guardian: The Power of the Hoodie, which inspired my post. Definitely worth reading. We've long turned that garment into a political concept - just like that unfortunate yet delicious cereal, granola, has become associated with a type of person (a granola eating whatever). Or, Birkenstocks with sandals.

In defence of hoodies - the garment, not the morons out there stealing laptops - I've had my navy Gap one, worn here, for about 15 years, and I don't travel anywhere, even a weekend jaunt, without it. I just never wear the hood up, for obvious (stylistic) reasons - except in inclement weather.

But I also want to bring your attention to a BRILLIANT piece by Zoe Williams, also in the Guardian, called UK Riots: The Psychology of Looting.

"There seems to be another aspect to the impunity – that the people rioting aren't taking seriously the idea it could rebound on them. All the most dramatic shots are of young men in balaclavas or with scarves tied round their faces, because it is such a striking, threatening image. But actually, watching snatches of phone footage and even professional news footage, it was much more alarming how many people made no attempt at all to cover their faces. This could go back to the idea that.. people just don't believe they'll go to prison any more, at least not for something as petty as a pair of trainers. I feel for them; that may be true on a small scale, but when judges feel public confidence seriously to be at issue, they have it in themselves to be very harsh indeed (I'm thinking of Charlie Gilmour). But there is also a tang of surreality around it all, with the rioters calling the police "feds", as though they think they are in The Wire, and sending each other melodramatic texts saying: "So if you see a brother . . . SALUTE! If you see a fed . . . SHOOT!"



In keeping with my surreal morning, my husband - who has been actively following the events in the UK, as well - said to get off the laptop, let's go down to the beach. Thank you to Roz via Little Bird for tweeting these articles. And to the Gap, for selling me my beloved hoodie in the first place.

7 comments:

Fashion Limbo said...

I've been so saddened by what has been happening in London, so disgusted, so shocked... The two articles you point out are pretty good, extremely interesting. The hoodie has become a symbol for so much, especially in the UK. I remember when it was banned from Bluewater, the shopping centre, the debates it caused... many agreed on the ruling, others suggested it was a shame as it limited our freedom. Complicated issues... I really hope London and the other cities affected can recover from this. There's a lot of pain out there.

style odyssey said...

Cute photos, the first has an almost painterly quality. Talking of surreal....
I haven't looked at today's London news yet.
It's almost unfathomable that it's become so out of control. Anyway...
Happy beaching! I am off to get some more work done, all packed now for my trip, but so much more to do today.
Will hopefully find you on Skype later! (Or, when I'm between flights tomorrow...)
xoxo

The Foolish Aesthete said...

I really can't believe what's happening in the UK. Watching from afar, there's cognitive dissonance between the events and the setting. Looks like some deep-rooted issues here.

Love that first image. And ever since we moved to CA, the hoodie has become a wardrobe regular for cool mornings.

the nyanzi report said...

hey jill, great to hear from you. hope you are having fun on your vacation.

Pearl Westwood said...

Thanks for those links Jill they will be interested to read. Glad you are far away and safe and I hope this is all over by the time you come back xxx

Mat said...

will be interesting to see if it effects sales of hoodies in the shop i work at

Veshoevius said...

After what they did I'm glad it's banned.