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We asked local fashionistas what they'd like to see less of, and more of, in 2003.

MONAH LI, designer and writer

DISAPPEAR NOW

George Bush's smirk

Anyone who calls Donald Rumsfeld one of the “10 Sexiest Men in America”

Clothes made where people aren't paid living wages

American Idol

“Designer” clothing manufacturers who never have an original idea of their own

ENCORE, ENCORE

Ideas of designer Jared Gold, especially shows and events

Books by Haven Kimmel

Designs by Oliver Twist

The “Ethicist” column in The New York Times Magazine

Stories about Miguel Adrover

 

 

BRYAN RABIN and DAVID RODGERS, event planners

RABIN:

ENOUGH

Anything by Juicy Couture

Fake tits and pumped lips, especially pucker pouts fattened up with cadaver skin

Dressing for your tattoo

Buying your manufactured cool life from corporate America

Himbos

Real women (think Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, Carmen Electra) who look like trannies

CELEBRATE

Age-appropriate dressing

Wearing things that make you feel good, not because the latest starlet is wearing it

Having a sense of humor about how you dress

Not listening to the
tastemakers


Buying like the French — one good garment instead of a dozen cheap ones

RODGERS:

Go Away

Botox

White rappers

SUVs

Japanese hair-straightening treatments

STAY

Electric cars

Macaulay Culkin

National pride

 

 

DARA WAXMAN, goldsmith and jewelry designer

OUT OF BOUNDS

Camouflage

Bling bling

Listerine tabs with plastic case

Pre-washed/-worn “I wiped my hands on my ass” jeans

Glade plug-ins

French manicures on
acrylic nails


Apathy

Pop stars

IN THE KNOW

Cuff links

Culottes and gauchos

Solar power

Rose gold

Bicycles

Scarves and brooches

Trees

 

 

LUCAS MICHAEL, photographer

LESS

Hollywood

Crewcuts

McMansions

Charlton Hestons

Peels

Shaved chests

Cosmetics

MORE

Bollywood

Afros

Shelters

Gregory Pecks

Wrinkles

Male frontal nudity

Prosthetics

 

 

SKOT ARMSTRONG, artist and curator of Science Holiday Museum of Fun

VETO

Hubris

Talking in theaters

Tattoos

Cell phones

Absolutism

VALUE

Masquerade parties

Good manners

Intelligence as a sex symbol

Moderation

Reasons to wear tuxedos

 

 

JENNIFER PHILLIPS, owner of Sirens and Sailors

BEGONE

Shredded and cut-up T's — hide the scissors from those with a bag of old clothes

Pop stars turned fashion designers

Baby punk

$500 cotton shirts

Tight hip-huggers on men

BRING IT ON

Early-Hollywood starlet elegance

Vivienne Westwood- or Zandra Rhodes-inspired designs

Honey Behave Lingerie

Roaring '20s flapper fashion and speakeasy-style haunts

Fashion shows set in
non-traditional spaces


1960s muscle cars driven by females

 

 

LISA TEASLEY, writer

JUST SAY NO

Bachelor and dating “reality” programs

Ben Affleck

The Gap

Dragging pants hemlines

Corporate pandering to teens

Hummers

Trent Lott

YES, PLEASE

Skirts and barrettes on men

Raw food

Multigenerational models

Don Cheadle

Freedom of information

Tree huggers

Gardens with blooms

 

 

RON MEYERS, interior designer

REJECT

Uninspired cathedrals that cost too much to park at

Dream kitchens in the houses of people who don't cook

Uncomfortable furniture disguised as art

Design magazines featuring people with too much money

Beige anything

RESPECT

Sexy cinemas such as the ArcLight — best first-date destination in town

Dinner parties in homes that aren't quite finished yet

More than one flower at a time in the perfect vase

Ashtrays in the gardens and terraces of non-smoking homes

More personal style than the Joneses have