From The NY Times Sunday Magazine Style Section

Bad Girls Or Just Bad Taste?

Just what message is this weekend’s The New York Times Magazine Style section trying to send with this editorial on message t-shirts called ‘What’s Your Sign”? These models are either very young or made to appear very young. With overdone makeup and suggestive styling, the editors have painfully missed the mark.

Is the above feature part of the new face the Style section is struggling to create to remain relevant? If so, editor Amy M. Spindler is walking a thin line between cutting edge fashion editorial and child pornography.

In response to the above item goes are some observations e-mailed to us from a well known New York fashion publicist:

“It reminds me of the Calvin ads he did. You know the ones, deemed “kiddie porn” the shots were of young ‘tweens and early twenty somethings photographed in a room full of paneling (though we did have paneling when I was young), but it was done in a pornographic sexual way…Too bad b/c that was a pr nightmare….I don’t wish that upon any of my clients. Everything old should not be new again – and today the message that kids are sending whether written on their shirts or projected under globs of make up are an accident waiting to happen. These kids can not handle what they are walking into. And that isn’t creative! “



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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