Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Breathing Fire with Fashion

This cult classic has not only taken hold of the literary world with both hands, and most recently the theatrical world, with the latest film adaptation, but they've hit the trifecta as the fashion world has also gone crazy for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

H&M Dragon Tattoo collection is the product of the films costume designer, Trish Summerville, and takes an almost post-apocalyptic approach with the collection of grungy biker jackets, leather-look trousers and beaten and battered tee's. This urban, edgy collection, inspired by the character Lisbeth Salander, is a very different look to come from H&M's most recent collaborations and, although the style is quite universal and can be flattering for a wide market; Fashionologist is kind of feeling this look has been done to death.. hello? Last year's grunge/rocker trend, or just AllSaints as a whole, for that matter!

Fashionologist has much love for H&M's collaborations, and would happily spend my time camping outside their shops to get my hands it if I wasn't consumed by the magnitude of work I have to do before my exams in May. However, I'm not entirely sure if this one sits right with me... Lisbeth Salander is a character, a women that has suffered abuse her entire life and her clothes almost become a symbol of protection, her armor. And - this could possibly be thinking too much into it - but something about adding a glossy coating, glamourizing, an intense representation of sexual violence, doesn't seem right. Natalie Karneff, a rape survivor, has claimed that   H&M are saying, with this collection; “’Look at the trendy rape survivor? Look how strong she is, that she can get through all that hell and still wear cool leather jackets?’”

At the end of the day, they're clothes and I'm sure there was no intention of glamourizing a figure, who's strength has inspired many women, but you don't see me creating a fashion line based on the clothes/style of a character from Schindler's List...

Much love;

1 comment:

  1. Actually, I think it is weird and glamourizing.