Mixing Fashion with Politics and Atrocities

I’ve never been much into fashion except for a brief interest in fashion photography my freshman year of college. But the Wife follows it in the same way Jane Goodall follows a group of chimpanzees through the bush in Gombe National Forest, using her keen eye for detail matched with a trained intellect of an anthropologist to see through the flashbulbs and glamor and find the underlying truth. She then passes on a few of her more interesting observations to me.

First off, Elle Macpherson. In a recent appearance on the Howard Stern show Elle told Stern that supported Obama’s reelection, saying she liked him. “Yeah, I’m living in London and I’m socialist. What do you expect?” The website Celebrity Net Worth estimates the former law school student’s net worth at $45 million. With that kind of dosh, Macpherson doesn’t just make the top 1% in the UK, which requires the rather unglamorous sum of £688,228 to achieve (2005 figure), she blasts through it. That same year only 6,000 taxpayers in the UK had an income higher than £1 million. Since there are 30,600,000 income tax payers in the UK, assuming that Ms. Macpherson earns a 2% return on her net worth and makes an additional £100,000 through modeling and her production company to make more than £1 million a year, Ms. Macpherson isn’t in just the top 1% of UK taxpayers, she’s in the top .02%. I’ve never been in the top .02% of anything, but if I was I sure as heck wouldn’t be a chicken calling for wolves to be let loose in my coop.

Next the Wife so kindly pointed out the plummeting popularity of Asma Bashir, who a little over a year ago was celebrated in Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines. Bad timing considering the blood bath Assad has unleashed since their publications. Both magazines evidently realized the error of their ways, scrubbing the web of the actual articles. The Atlantic Monthly mentions the disappeance of the Vogue article and links to the full article here. As for the missing Vanity Fair piece it shows Conde Nast knows how to airbrush history. From the full article:

Two nights later it’s the annual Christmas concert by the children of Al-Farah Choir, run by the Syrian Catholic Father Elias Zahlawi. Just before it begins, Bashar and Asma al-Assad slip down the aisle and take the two empty seats in the front row. People clap, and some call out his nickname:

“Docteur! Docteur!”

Two hundred children dressed variously as elves, reindeers, or candy canes share the stage with members of the national orchestra, who are done up as elves. The show becomes a full-on songfest, with the elves and reindeer and candy canes giving their all to “Hallelujah” and “Joy to the World.” The carols slide into a more serpentine rhythm, an Arabic rap group takes over, and then it’s back to Broadway mode. The president whispers, “All of these styles belong to our culture. This is how you fight extremism—through art.”

And shortly thereafter, the good docteur fought to hold on to power the old fashioned way: by slaughtering civilians. But killing civilians is fashionable as long as you aren’t Israeli or American.

Now the bloom is off Vogue’s “Rose in the Desert.” Released emails give us an idea of what Marie Antoinette’s email account would have looked like had Al Gore invented the Internet two centuries earlier, including making jokes about dead students (graphic video here of the basis of her little “joke”). I wonder if she’ll be wearing Laboutins to the firing squad.

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