Saturday, 20 July 2013

Would you come to my Factory?

Smack, smack, SMACK! THWACK! That's the sound of me slapping big labels - trampling our divine bodies like many crawly advertising people suck suck sucking at our skin. I hear them, slurp, slurp, slurp, aaah. And we pay for the privilege! But why not pay myself for the privilege?


A sucking leechoid at my own skin?! Shamelessly promoting me, moi, myself, my lonesomeness, my fabulousness, yes!! Why not? Shy exterior hides vampire-bat-like tendencies, although I look like I just rolled out of bed, which I had almost done, except for staggering to a local cafe (carefully in my platform shoes) as no milk in house, for one very weak brown liquid poured down my gullet (coffee) and a solid thingy I chewed on, which had various flavours and I had to pay for and crumbed up my journal. Aaaah! This process woke me up a little bit.


This is my Andy Warhol hair. I wish to cultivate (or decultivate) my personality to be like him, saying almost nothing, not moving my lips when I talk, parroting interviewers, looking vacant, smart, and sexy-ugly  - but only when I appear in the media. With my friends and colleagues I shall be a loud, boisterous person with suitably artsy eccentricities, such as spouting poetry at odd moments, drawing on people at random, doing drugs (chocolate) at every opportunity, and painting cardboard boxes. Care to work in my Factory? I'd make movies of you too, sleeping, cleaning your ears, putting bandaids on your corns, and trying to act all normal. I'm sure you'd be schtars, not that you aren't already. 

I don't buy labels for being labels, but I feel great when I snag humongously famous label pieces for less than $10 at the thrift store. I wish Hollister would go away (big label), OR, better yet, that I could duplicate Hollister's brainwashing capabilities as crawly sucking advertising wizard of my own. That's all. (PS I like advertising - without it I wouldn't have discovered Polly Patty, the amazing plastic parrot that chirps back anything you say to it. Act now and get a second one absolutely free.)

Details
  • Gap T-shirt (slurp, slurp, slurp), retail, mega-sale, upcycled with my Sharpie and then washed to create very awesome purplish stains everywhere - deliberately. I love that effect. 
  • flowy pants, thrifted, down-sized many sizes, ELASTIC WAIST disguised as fashionable, hurrah
  • platform sandals, thrifted
  • gauzy white cotton shirt, from Athens when I went to my friend's wedding there

This is the most breezy cool outfit, especially for my morning outings before it gets hot hot. And, no, I'm not selling these t-shirts, just my own self.

How's your weekend? If I wear this to Patti's on Monday (not sure if I'll post again), I'll be not moving my lips when I talk to the media, trying to look vacant, smart, and sexy-ugly, and perhaps breaking into poetry at odd moments. I'll bring my movie camera. If I post something elsein the meantime, like something drapey for Anne at Spy Girl, that's a whole 'nother story.

(Ed. note: Yes, I'm linking this up with Visible Monday. Anne's link is in my next post. See you here, there, everywhere.)
(Another note: I am linking this up with Shiny T Tuesday at Jane George's Flight Platform Living, theme, Undeniably Me)




36 comments:

  1. I am being brain washed by your shiny hair and the hypnotic eye on your t-shirt. If I saw you stagger into my coffee place I would offer you a scone and follow you home.

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  2. you are incredible. how did you get the Warhol hair? do want, even if I have to put a label on it. Please bring this look to Visible Monday, you Factory goddess. xoxoxo

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  3. why yes, I think I would like to come to the Factory. See you soon !
    ha ha ha
    great look as always!

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  4. Your silvery hair is brilliant - literally! I've decided to call it argentum. But how do you get it so shiny?

    Speaking of labels, have you noticed how cheap brands tend to put together two famous names to make their shit sound "designer"? Like Carolyn McQueen or Marc Wang or Oscar Galliano? Okay, I'm making those up, but there are some that have a ring of familiarity, yet the name is not quite there.

    I've never heard of Hollister, but I love to see you talking smack about designers and Warhol!

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  5. ah the shirt is brilliant. I love your baggy breezy look.

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  6. Brand schmand, I can't stand it when people are so unimaginative that they cover themselves in tacky advertising. Your outfit is amazing as always.

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  7. You are always fabulous, my dear Melanie. I love your look and want your shoes.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. Despite everything you say being interesting to me, and food for thought, bottom line is, I find myself passionately envying your hair.

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  9. What a wonderful view of reality, hope the rest of the world catches up. Love the whole look and philosophy of being our own brand in dressing.

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  10. I love that t-shirt and the graphic.
    Brand me.
    Fabulous.
    I'd buy a piece of myself.

    Andy...the king of all media and marketing mastermind. The guy knew his schtick and how to make it stick.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. Loving the silvery shiny moonlit beautiful Warhol-esque hair! And the Own Label t/shirt, a stroke of genius if ever I saw one. You have an all-seeing eye, Mel.
    Labels. Interesting topic. I am always interested to have a look at what brand/label items are as I look at stuff in charity shops, and if I wanted to, I could pick up all manner of clothes from expensive brands for a fraction of their original price. BUT that's only of any importance if I actually like the piece, cos no one but me sees the label. Unless I were to wear stuff with it emblazoned all over, which I find highly unattractive. I don't offer free advertising for companies via my clothing or accessories.
    I do enjoy trying to research vintage labels though, and I would be excited to stumble across certain iconic designers or labels, for myself or for resale.
    Maybe all of us anti-label blogging freaks should rework an old (thrifted) t-shirt with our very own branding logo? There's a gap (ha!) in the market! xxxxxxx

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  12. labels are on thing, logos all over the place drive me nuts.


    You are amazing as usual.

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  13. Yes I'd come to your Factory! I'm great at boring, tedius chores like painting the same silkscreen over and over and answering phones. I could dose myself on drugs (caffeine) and be grazy for your movies. And I could borrow those cool shoes because giant red platforms rock.

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  14. Your t-shirt is the only label I've ever seen that would promote by wearing. So you - so much awesomeness! :D

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  15. Love the Warhol hair and great t.

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  16. I love the white white hair and the Warholesque vibe! Your tee is fabulous and so true in its truthiness.

    I'll be the sulky one in the corner of your Factory, with the heavy eyeliner, pulling at her underskirts (damned things, always riding up).

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  17. LOVE the white hair!! Think you'll out-Warhol Warhol.

    I'm crazy coveting that shirt too, and am with ya on elastic waists as a fashion statement. You are marvelous.

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  18. You're way cooler and more interesting than try-too-hard Warhol! Your silvery hair and cool non-branded tee blow me away.
    Love Curtise's suggestion that us label-loathers create our own piss take. xxx

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  19. gauzy cotton is my favourite thing at the moment. more more more please. I will definitely join your factory, create terrible and beautiful things and then die at 100 living in a shack on the coast, still giving interviews about the glory days of the Kobiashi Factory. You are definitely your own brand and I love it. The t shirt design is wonderful, so simple.

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  20. There was a time where I was absolutely fascinated by Edie Sedgewick and my friend and I dressed as Andy and Edie for Halloween. I still have the black hotpants outfit I wore, although I'm sure I can't fit into it.

    We are each our own brand, so to speak, but mine doesn't have any logos. I'm so sick of seeing Hollister, Siren, Gap, Old Navy and other such shite at premium prices at thrift stores!

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  21. Welcome to the platinum-haired we don't care truckin on down to the Factory crowd.

    MUYA!

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  22. Oh my dear... I would love to be a part of your factory... you style goddess you! I also want your shirt... I truly think YOU NEED (as In I need ) you to do your amazing shirts! I am first in line to buy!

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  23. Just catching up on your twirling and your Andy Warhol hair. And the amazing Spy Girl painting. Rock On!

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  24. Always fabulous Melanie--I love the whole post-- you are far more fabulous than Andy W.!!

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  25. Always fabulous Melanie--I love the whole post-- you are far more fabulous than Andy W.!!

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  26. Love your brand always, Mel. Who needs Andy when we have you? Much better.

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  27. Andy who??? You're the only schtar around here ;0)
    xx

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  28. You are a work of art yourself. And I agree with not wearing a designer's name on your clothes. I just like certain brands for their quality, but if they want me to advertise for them, they should pay me.

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  29. Gorgeous silvery one, you are the bomb. Love you. XXOO

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  30. I totally want to work in your factory.

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  31. So many good ideas coming from you here Melanie! Forgive me for popping up so late, I've missed so much on Blogger over the past month, (eek, can't believe it's been that long) so now I'm catching up. I remember I was a bit obsessed with Edie Sedgwick when I was 14, and the whole Warhol/Factory thing but I like your take on it better, and I love the idea of everyone being their own label. It all makes me feel like anything is possible. I read something about Poison Ivy from the Cramps liking it when people declared themselves king or queen of their own little world and that always stuck in my head as a good way to be, instead of being dictated to by everything that's around you, choose your own vision. Ah sorry for rambling on and still not putting it very well why this post was so great! xx

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  32. I could read your blog all day, except that I never seem to have any free time. Love your wit and writing style...makes me a little more wild 'n free, too! Oh, and great synopsis of Andy...!

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  33. I love your bed-rolled Warhol 'do! I am so all up in your Factory - look at all of us, generating content like superschtars. ;)

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  34. I would buy YOUR brand. But I just don't give a flying fuck about brands. Do I? I don't think so.

    I love your hair. You make me smile and feel happy and snuggly.

    Sarah xxx

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