Writer, actress, raconteur, and professional crankybritches Fran Lebowitz recently sat down with Elle's Kathleen Hale to expound on the many ways fashion and culture disappoint her today. For Lebowitz, who is known for her personal uniform of a jacket, a man's dress shirt with cufflinks, Levi's 501s and bespoke wingtip cowboy boots, the world and one's fashion choices are pretty straightforward. Lycra is Bad and drag queens are Good.
She shares some true enough stuff: "Clothes don't really fit you unless they're made for you."
And: "People care more about trends now than they do about style."
But once she gets wound up, Lebowitz goes full-on Larry David...
She will not be embracing this year's early Seventies redux: "The first time I ever saw platform shoes in the '70s, I knew they'd been revived from the '40s, and I felt sickened. And for whatever reason, they keep getting revived. They've come back four times. I wish we could let them die. They want to die."
Mood boards are the Devil's easel: "Designers now, they all have these things called mood boards. I suppose they think a sense of discovery equals invention. It would be as if every writer had a board with paragraphs of other writers—'Oh, I'll take a little bit of this, and that, he was really good.' Yes, he was really good! And that is not a mood board, it is a stealing board."
You had better look damn good if you're going to sport "athleisure": "All these clothes that you see people wearing, the yoga clothes—even men wear them!—it's just another way of being in pajamas. You need more natural beauty to get away with things like that."
You'd better check yourself before you wreck yourself: "If you walked around New York you would think there was a terrible mirror famine. There might be drought here, a wheat famine there, but in New York you have a mirror famine. Because everything people wear, you have to assume they bought it."
And the world would be a prettier place with a sprinkle of cross-dressing glamour: "Can you imagine if women tried as hard as drag queens? We'd be a much more attractive culture."