Thursday, April 9, 2015
chloe sevigny on coolness and sustainability
The Internet is confounded by a dichotomy right now and is trying to grasp a happy medium. Non-Internet user and authentic cool girl Chloe Sevigny is interviewed by militant Internet user Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller in the latest issue of The Edit. On thing they have in common is their love of culottes and individuality through clothes.
Medine brings up this notion of cool and and how you can't put a price on cool, it can't be bought. Cool is a state of mind, it is innate and it's a person's disposition that can't be altered. Yes, you can purchase the latest Karen Walker sunglasses or Tim Coppens sneakers and appear "cool", but how your confidence shows them off is what makes you look cool.
While Sevigny and Medine may have culottes in common, Sevigny and I are trying to comprehend the "goth" movement because we're the authenticity police and quite frankly the trend has been abused.
In an interesting turn of events, here is how Sevigny inadvertently remains sustainable: "there have been periods of time where I haven't bought any clothes for six or seven months because I was so depressed by how I needed to look to feel good about myself. For example, if I was going to go out on a date or doing a show, I would think 'I have to have something new or I'm not going to feel good about myself. I'm not going to feel sexy.'"
This is interesting, I can work with this.
What we have here is a case of corporate coercion. We're brought into this capitalist world to consume and to what end? To supposedly feel "good" about ourselves through consumption. Sevigny couldn't even shop for six to seven months. Fucking terrible. Corporations have brainwashed us into this false idea that consumption of newness is what should make us happy. What we should really be doing is going on the Sevigny diet and ending capitalism. But that will never happen.
What you should take from this interview is that Chloe Sevigny is just like you and me because at the end of the day, we'll succumb to Facebook due to loneliness. That, or we can develop and addiction to porn.
Photo: The Edit