The Irritations of Modern Life: 62. boho chic by Kate Mulvey
Wednesday 15 September 1999
Last week, Kate Winslet seemed equally keen to lose her "pretty" image, when she appeared at the Venice Film Festival. Gone was the English rose and in its place was the trailer-trash look. Kate was sporting greasy, matted hair that looked as if she was too poor or too stoned to buy a bottle of shampoo.
What's going on? Even Madonna was spotted resembling a designer bag lady with unkempt hair, ugly black roots and enough tattoos to put a truck driver to shame.
The current anti-glam fashion is not confined to celebrities, say fashion experts - and New Age traveller hair is sure to catch on, to complement this season's boho chic look. Soon, ultra-hip bars like Chinawhite and the Met Bar will resemble upmarket travellers' camps with It-girls swanning around in ethnic ponchos and a hairdo that owes more to Swampy than Sassoon.
What's wrong with good old-fashioned sex appeal? And why is appearing desirable in the post-feminist Nineties up there with white stilettos? Is this really an ironic fashion statement?
Who are they kidding? Going anti-glam is nothing new. In the 1950s, British beatniks rejected the ladylike fashions of the time. But, for them, dressing down was a political statement. Jennifer and chums may think being an "ironic" eco-warrior gives them intellectual credibility, but they're wrong. Matted hair just looks stupid.
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
- 2 Stuart Baggs: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 3 How to cancel Amazon Prime: after Top Gear hiring, how to leave premium service
- 4 Tesco scraps 'unexpected item in the bagging area' as self-checkouts switch to less 'frustrating' audio
- 5 Living in Spain and commuting to London 'cheaper than actually working in London'
Top Gear hires female executive producer Lisa Clark amid reports Jodie Kidd will join Chris Evans fronted show
Frank Ocean, where's that new album at?
Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
Jon Snow not dead? Kit Harington spotted in Belfast where Game of Thrones season 6 is filming
Top Gear: Jenson Button reportedly joining Chris Evans as replacement host
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains
While we fixate on Calais, the Government is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'