What would hipsters wear?

6 02 2012

The question popped up in the middle of a conversation recently … what, if any, contemporary jewellery would appeal to the female and male ‘hipster’?

It is critical that I admit up front that I am not a ‘hipster’ and certainly not an expert on the matter at all. So to the interwebs to investigate to gain a deep and proper understanding of the … er, the … movement (is that with right word?) … cultural phenomenon.

My favourite source of information, Wiki, has the following:
Christian Lorentzen of Time Out New York argues that “hipsterism fetishizes the authentic” elements of all of the “fringe movements of the postwar era—beat, hippie, punk, even grunge,” and draws on the “cultural stores of every unmelted ethnicity,” and “regurgitates it with a winking inauthenticity.

“Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They’re the people who wear t-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you’ve never heard of …. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just don’t care.”— Time, July 2009”

“”While mainstream society of the 2000s had been busying itself with reality television, dance music, and locating the whereabouts of Britney Spears’s underpants, an uprising was quietly and conscientiously taking place behind the scenes. Long-forgotten styles of clothing, beer, cigarettes and music were becoming popular again. Retro was cool, the environment was precious and old was the new ‘new’. Kids wanted to wear Sylvia Plath’s cardigans and Buddy Holly’s glasses — they revelled in the irony of making something so nerdy so cool. They wanted to live sustainably and eat organic gluten-free grains. Above all, they wanted to be recognised for being different — to diverge from the mainstream and carve a cultural niche all for themselves. For this new generation, style wasn’t something you could buy in a department store, it became something you found in a thrift shop, or, ideally, made yourself. The way to be cool wasn’t to look like a television star: it was to look like as though you’d never seen television.” — Matt Granfield, HipsterMattic

Mmm … much for thought. If nerdy is cool, then perhaps no jewellery at all? If making it oneself is cool, or making discoveries in second-hand obscure places, then jewellery galleries would unlikely be frequented by their custom? Is actually going into a ‘retail store’ too mainstream?

Can contemporary jewellery be “lo-fi”? Ironic jewellery? Nerdy and lo-fi : some graph paper wound around the wrist (I would have suggested a graph-paper trouser-clip for bicycling, however the pants are always slimfit and therefore no need for such clips)? Mmm…

I requested the views of a few of my dear friends who I consider social commentators of exceptional wit and observation.

One of my friends referred me to : http://fyeahhipsterdalek.tumblr.com/. Oh the hilarity! A very useful site for my hipster-education.

Another friend suggested the following thoughts …
jewellery/accessories: ironic or “conceptual” large-scale pendants, ummm… belt buckles, collar tips, body piercing jewellery (ear stretchers), “statement” rings, wrist cuffs, necklaces
mood/era: think boho, 70s, 80s colours, industrial/tarnished/vintage metals, geometrics, feathers, bird/animal/acorn, reused materials eg/ bullet casings, ugly tapestry, cosby sweaters, leather
Ah, she is so wise. I like these thoughts very much.

What are your thoughts?



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