Oxymoron Of The Moment: Skank Chic

The Observer: Kate Moss’s very public scrap with Pete Doherty – which took place apres the Paris couture shows on a London-bound Eurostar train on Wednesday night – was much more than a mere row. It was a fashion statement.
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Moss and Doherty are riding the vanguard of skank chic. It’s a look and a lifestyle – a trashy subversion of normal notions of glamour and civilised celebrity behaviour – which embraces matted hair, a residual air of grubbiness and the kind of roller-coaster, booze-and-drug-addled passion that can inspire physical fights in speeding trains. Moss and Doherty weren’t just fighting. They were locked in a spontaneous and terribly fashionable performance-art moment.
‘Skank chic as a style statement is the ultimate in anti-glamour and anti-pretty, isn’t it?’ says Harriet Quick, fashion features editor of Vogue. ‘Kate Moss, she’s the living incarnation of course, looking mud-splattered but impossibly glamorous against all the odds in Glastonbury. It’s those dirty-grey drain-pipe jeans that look filthy even if they’re not. It’s the antithesis of flawless plastic Hollywood.’

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.