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Bondage Bad Girl + Mrs. Cleaver = Modern Womyn?

Has anyone taken a gander at the new Jane magazine, the March issue? As I was casually flipping through the pages, my mouth fell into a perfect little "O! (my gawd!!)." The fashion photography section included a feature that displayed models sporting bondage inspired outfits. BONDAGE!!! I mean, I'm all for womyn's' sexual liberty, but the photographs made me a little uncomfortable; jaw dropping to say the least.

There's something alluring about the whole underground seen of bondage and fetishism, however, to take bondage out of its context and bring it into the mainstream and the mundane world is quite shocking to the optics. We're talking straps over breasts, eyes, mouths and all in white if that doesn't make it all the more surreal and odd.

It seems that a plethora of designers like Gucci and Gaultier have been inspired by bondage. On the spring runways you'll see a lot of black leather, strict bustiers and various nonfunctional and functional straps and buckles. And how do why this style is emerging when we're juxtaposing it with the bubble gum perfection of the 1950's?

Our spring pining in fashion not only goes towards bondage but also towards the nostalgia of full skirts, white heels and bright floral prints. However, this 1950's inspired style also brings with it a twist-the conservative style is contrasted a bit with the bright colors, patterns, short hemlines and colored fishnets.

Hair is seen fashioned in pseudo-pompadours (similar to hairstyles styled for the bondage outfits, yet they are more tousled) with dark eyeliner, catty-eyed sunglasses and pouty lips and facial expressions.

Both the bondage inspired style and the 1950's inspired style have a certain film noir quality about them. Perhaps these two simultaneously represent the woman of the 19th century- sexy and bold yet feminine, capable of pseudo-conforming, and always causing a ruckus.

Chako S.

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