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WHAT ROSIE LIKES: An Ode to Bill Cunningham…

December 16, 2011

”Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”  

-Bill Cunningham, in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York 

As an often fashion-deprived poor soul living in Wellington, New Zealand, the number of people wearing puffer jackets constantly depresses me. They belong in the same category as ugg-boots, ie. not to be worn outside the house unless your dog has just died and you are incapable of doing anything other than clutching the bag of dog food and bawling your eyes out. After seeing the movie, Bill Cunningham New York, (which I highly recommend by the way) about an on-the-street fashion photographer who takes photos of anyone who catches his eye, I was even sadder at the contrast between your average New-Yorker and your average Wellingtonian:


While puffer jackets may be warm, convenient, and comfortable, they are not in any way flattering, fashionable or interesting. I just wish people would try a little harder! Is that too much to ask?

BUT: that doesn’t mean to say that I am going to give up on fashion and become a puffer-jacketed, Supré-wearing clone. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – hearing Bill’s story I’ve realised that you never know who might be watching…

…And that is WHAT ROSIE LIKES. 




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