Code-X (23)

By: Joshua Glenn
July 29, 2014

portman

Call this fashion code: White is the New Black.

Definition: Whitened faces make women look dramatic and “existential” — like “black swans.” The whitened face derives its power from the surrounding black.

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Notes on this code: Whiteness as a sign you’ve achieved sophistication — rejected the natural. The key insight here is the drama and aesthetics are prioritized over naturalness. As Oscar Wilde said, “Nature is just a pose — and the most tiresome pose, at that.”

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