A Question About Stripes
The navy striped shirt is to articles on French fashion what buxom chicks are to beer ads: ever-present. In the Paris of editorial spreads, women sit in cafes in striped shirts. In the bars of beer ads, women are single, busting out of a white tank and scanning the room for the Joe six-pack of their dreams. While either of these scenarios can occur, I'm interested in how the cliches became so pervasive. The buxom beer babes I get. The promise of sex sells beer, and in advertising, if it sells, it sells. Besides, it's all good fun and fantasy, and people know that. The navy striped shirt, I don't. I understand some of the history - French navy, Chanel, Breton, etc. - I just don't get the constant distillation of French fashion into striped cotton. At least not any more than I get distilling Paris photographically into shots of the Eiffel Tower. While the navy striped tee is nice (I love them, and own a few), I'd like to see more editorial round-ups of French fashion that don't include one.