Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is purple the new black?

No. Nothing will ever be the new black, and people need to stop pretending that something could be, and abolish the use of this annoying phrase.

That being said, I have noticed a sudden rise in the amount of that regal color—not necessarily on the runways, but definitely, and inexplicably, on the streets.

It first caught my attention on vacation to Italy this summer; everyone, from straight men in skin-tight D&G shirts, to Paris Hilton look-a-likes, was wearing the same lilac color.

Surely, I thought, this is just another one of those crazy Italian fads that we Americans are immune to, like universal health care and soul-meltingly good pizza. No self-respecting American man would ever wear purple pants.

False. One step out of Penn Station and I was already surrounded by a cloud of purple. And there weren’t even any Williams’ people around. Luckily, I was wearing these, purchased in Italy (because really where else?) so I fit in fine.

What could the reason be for this phenomenon? I have absolutely no idea-perhaps people are nostalgic for the days of Barney. Or maybe it’s just a sick plot by United Colors of Benetton to make everyone the same color.

Whatever the case, it’s impossible to deny that this trend is here to stay. And hopefully, things will remain that way for a long, long time. This dude's already bought into it—have you?


Anonymous said...

purple was the "new" color of fall 2008, so now it's probably cheaper/in bargain bins... it was a color that needed redemption though