Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Philadelphia Street Style: René, Walnut St

René is wearing an apron that a friend of hers gave her over a dress she picked up on sale at Hot Topic some ten years back. She's not a big Hot Topic fan these days, but likes their emphasis on stark black and white, a combo that never really gets old. When I asked her how she would describe her style, she responded, "I don't know. I never really thought about it. It's different everyday." But there are some constants. She likes monochromatic black and white. She likes school girl uniforms, a tendency perhaps left over from punk rock roots. It's one that goes well with her taste in music, "goth and '90s industrial." "Like Skinny Puppy and Front 242?" I asked, geeking out temporarily, as if the long dormant teen goth in me were aching to come out. "Exactly," she said. We then talked about the sad demise of goth, the band Christian Death, and the even sadder demise of their lead singer, Rozz Williams. It's been a while since I've had a conversation about Christian Death. So thanks for that, René.   

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