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Sunday, April 04, 2021

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Nothing like some tweet-borne humor for today’s holiday:

@jesus: Don’t call it a comeback.

Too pop-culture and sacrilegious? Hey, better to characterize Christ’s resurrection in terms of LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”, than to invoke that kooky Zombie Jesus story.

As it happens, Easter falls on the same date this year for Orthodox Christians and others alike. So I’ll be logging in some family time today, rather than marking a different date for the customary chocolate bunny and colored-eggs carnage. Hopefully, my own mama won’t be imploring me to knock someone out for the occasion.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/04/2021 11:54 AM
Category: Comedy, Pop Culture, Society
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As overused as the pun is, I must invoke it: When it comes to fashionable female coiffures, grey is the new, well, y’know.

In embracing a tint their mothers would have shunned, such role models are lending gray new cachet, giving shades from ash to ermine an unlikely fashion moment. Now, some say, the trend, which trickled down from the runways of Chanel, Giles Deacon and their rarefied ilk to fashion hot spots around the country, seems poised to go mainstream.

At Whittemore House, a vanguard salon in Manhattan’s West Village, models and bohemian types began asking for gray streaks about six months ago, said Victoria Hunter, an owner, adding dryly, “When one gets on the bandwagon, they all do.”

Sharon Dorram, an influential New York colorist, said that among her downtown New York patrons, it is mostly younger women, renegade types, who request gray. Not lost on Ms. Dorram is the irony that their older, more conventional counterparts spent $1.3 billion to cover their grays last year, according to Nielsen.

And lest you think that the “April 1″ timestamp on that article marks this as a fool’s prank, note Kate Moss’ “gray lights/highlights” appearance back in January, which apparently kicked off this nascent craze. And which, fittingly, begs the question about the real motivation behind this intentional fade-job:

Now, we’re all for children and 20-somethings running with this trend, and love its originality. But we’re wondering if it’s appropriate for Moss, who recently celebrated her 36th birthday? If you already have a natural few grays, are you too old to wear this style?

I suspect this is the cynical motivation: Co-opting the aged look on your own terms. Women in their late 20s and 30s, who are just starting to detect a strand or two of grey, will gladly accelerate the process artificially, before nature forces it upon them. And if the younger, pre-greying crowd glom onto the style, all the better. The irony of this dynamic will come with age.

Still, what’s next in this effort to “own” the aging process? Are enhanced wrinkles, designer liver spots, and varicose-veined stockings soon going to make appearances on runway-strutting models?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/04/2021 11:00 AM
Category: Fashion, Women
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