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March 05, 2009

inspiration-natty geo style!!

I hardly do any coverage of Paris Fashion Week here at Sea of Shoes, because I know most of you probably check that out at Style.com or The Fashion Spot for yourselves! Plus other bloggers give plenty of coverage to the cream of the crop!
It's so exciting waiting every morning for new pictures of the shows-is Ann Demeulemeester tomorrow? I don't even know!! Better check the schedule.

Well instead of the great stuff thats hot off the Paris catwalks....tonight I will offer up something a little different, to refresh your eyes maybe, in case you're tired of fashion week coverage.

I found the picture below when I was flipping thru old National Geographics in art class. So excited to find this picture!! Wow!! Had to cut it out and scan it.

It is of a Tibetan Nomad...from National Geographic Vol. 175, No. 6-June 1989

Steampunk


Incredible! I wish I had taken the whole article out, but it was really long. Amazing nomadic civilization but this guy's get-up is out of this world.

His glasses are so steampunk:

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HAPPY PARIS FASHION WEEK EVERYBODY!
xx jane

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Photo of Cruz

I know I've commented you tonight already, but thank you soo much for posting this! I've had an obsession with nomads lately and this is an amazing picture. Those glasses are soo rad! :)

Photo of My Special Stash

Wow, that is such a great picture! The patchwork jeans remind me of your own denim tastes. I love that you see the style and beauty in the most unexpected places- it's such a breath of fresh air within a blogosphere that is often replete with stale inspiration. I wish that all of us had the courage and conviction to follow our own eyes and hearts, rather than simply follow the rest of the flock. :)

Photo of Saree Elias

love his spectacles, such a history behind those.. absolutely.
Kisses JJ!

SAREE
http://redlipshotstuff.blogspot.com

Photo of Elizabeth

Those shoes are re-purposed perfectly! Totally and amazingly unexpected. I'm sure it was done for utilitarian purposes but I wish I were able to look at a pair of ratty old shoes and see that potential in them.

Photo of lucille

Well I love the patchwork jean too !

Photo of kylie-carefree

he is so wonderful to look at -- I want to hug him. Or lend him my shower (he IS quite dirty). But he looks nice without a shower too. But I wonder what he looks like clean. What a puzzle. :)

Photo of Amber

those glasses are so cool <3

heart your blog girlie!

Photo of David Casavant

O ma ga! I want those glasses!!!! theyre to die!!!!! I feel kinda bad for the little nomad guy though- he looks kinda sad :(

DavidCasavant.net

Photo of Devin

He is horrifying. I think I see those nomads wandering outside my apartment in SF! I should take some shots and send to you :P Great photo... his shoes are pretty incredible!

Photo of laras

Wow it really is such an amazing picture! It's akwardly supercool! Hahaha

Photo of ceilidh

So strange!!
My sister and I had an obsession with this EXACT photo a few years ago.
Nice to see it again!
Thanks!
-C

Photo of marz

absolutely amazing!!!!

Photo of Jen

That's such a striking picture.
Really into what he's got going on at his feet.

Photo of McCall

those glasses are amazing!!!! thanks for finding the photo of the nomadic guy!!
xoxo, McCall

Photo of Prêt-à-Porter P

wow very intriguing. i especially am fascinated by his shoes. he reminds me a lot of the sand people in star wars.

Photo of Rachel

Totally reminds me of that eyeball maker guy in Blade Runner, no?

Photo of cassiopeia

Great pic... I always love Nat Geo. The photography is so inspiring. Makes me want to break out of my little uni bubble and get out there ;-D

the glasses are so odd, yet, really seductive. might put a similar pair on my antiquing-wish list ;-)

Xxxc

http://clothestohealabrokenheart.blogspot.com/

Photo of Sasha

Hi, I really love reading your site. That being said I was upset about this entry. Knowing what I do about the Tibetan people and their hardships and struggles, it's a bit jarring to have you comment in such a blase manner about his attire. For him those glasses aren't a fashion statement, they're an essential tool to help him make a living. Tibet is a place of great tragedy and marginalization. It seems really insensitive and ignorant of you to commend him on his attire, when it most likely wasn't by choice. What you are praising is the resourcefulness he has had to acquire because of China's horrible treatment of Tibet and its people. I really hope in the future you will be more sensitive to the implications of your words.

Photo of hannah

there's something about that photo that's extremely sad. i'm sorry but i just can't see beyond the man's realistic conditions to discover the the glitz of his spectacles.

just my 2 cents

Photo of Sabrina

Neat! I bought my boyfriend this photography book about different pilgrimages from around the world, and one section featured some Tibetans dressed up in similar attire. I was thinking about scanning it months ago and then never did. I like the tattered cloths and patchwork boots made from what looks like Chucks!

Photo of helen

have to agree with sasha and hannah. i was in tibet a few years ago, and when you're actually in that situation its hard to simply admire his 'costume' without first being empathetic with his situation. and my fellow readers, "dirty"? it's sad to read comments like that when we live in such an extremely priviliged world.

Photo of Sabrina

Oh and realizing that my last post probably wouldn't swing over well with some people, I'd just like to add that you can choose see tragedy everywhere or you can choose to see life as a whole. If we're talking tragedy, I think Western culture, with it various substance abuse problems, full bellies but undernourished bodies, and increasing rates of depression, is equally tragic. You never know, underneath that weathered old skin could be a man sublimely happy and accepting of his condition. In that case he's better off then the rest of us miserable fools who can't even be happy living in the lap of luxury. Just a thought.

Photo of Jane

The Ann show is tomorrow at 430! :)

Photo of Emily Rose

You should really check out the movie "Wheel of Time" directed by Werner Herzog... You've probly heard of him / seen it, but if you haven't, I recommend you netflix Herzog immediately. He's incredible, and the picture of that tibetan nomad really reminds me of the people you see in his documentaries. "Fata Morgana" by herzog is crazy, too.

Photo of Jill

This is why you should always use Sunscreen!

Photo of Liz

Oh my gosh, really really cool nomadic tribe. anyway, check out those steampunk glasses!

As an international politics/relations kinda gal, as well as a fashionista, seriously, OUCH. Reading that part made me wince.

"Oh and realizing that my last post probably wouldn't swing over well with some people, I'd just like to add that you can choose see tragedy everywhere or you can choose to see life as a whole. If we're talking tragedy, I think Western culture, with it various substance abuse problems, full bellies but undernourished bodies, and increasing rates of depression, is equally tragic. You never know, underneath that weathered old skin could be a man sublimely happy and accepting of his condition. In that case he's better off then the rest of us miserable fools who can't even be happy living in the lap of luxury. Just a thought."
Fine then it would make sense talk about how happy he is or about, you know, his tribe or living situation, not about his awesome get-up and steampunk glasses.

Photo of hoyan

wow, i remember that picture from art-class collage-making a couple of years back! actually i have it saved in my paper files somewhere too- the shoes on that nomad are amazing.

Photo of Margarita

The shoes are amazing!

You are my featured blog this week Jane!

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Photo of Ariel

wow people chill out its a fashion blog. what is wrong with seeing something you like in a photograph -- every moment in life doesn't have to be deep and heavy.

Photo of Sasha

"Oh and realizing that my last post probably wouldn't swing over well with some people, I'd just like to add that you can choose see tragedy everywhere or you can choose to see life as a whole. If we're talking tragedy, I think Western culture, with it various substance abuse problems, full bellies but undernourished bodies, and increasing rates of depression, is equally tragic. You never know, underneath that weathered old skin could be a man sublimely happy and accepting of his condition. In that case he's better off then the rest of us miserable fools who can't even be happy living in the lap of luxury. Just a thought."

For most Tibetans, life as a whole includes the denial of basic human rights like the right to housing, health care and education as well as freedom of speech, assembly, movement and travel. Tragedy can be found everywhere, this is true, but I don't think you can compare the challenges and hardships that this man and his people have to face to the problems of Western culture. These problems were imposed by the Chinese government while many of the problems Westerners face are self-imposed. Westerners might suffer from a lack of spiritual fulfillment, but many Tibetans suffer from a lack of basics goods and services necessary for life.

Photo of Lauren

Hey Jane, I was just wondering if you got your license yet and what type of car you're getting.

Also, I noticed some people are upset because of the Tibetan in your picture. It reminds me of the time Erin Wasson was commending homeless people for their style. Don't worry, your comments about the man were not nearly as brainless and offensive as Erin's were. I think the post is fine but I understand why some people are upset.

Photo of Sabrina

It all boils down to whether you think suffering from the lack of basic necessities is or is not worse than suffering from spiritual deprivation. It's a bit subjective.

Anyways... sorry for opening this can of worms on your blog Jane!

Photo of Ane

I really like your blog, but don't tell me that you just thought about his outfit first, please.
didn't you think about the poverty or something else first?
I know this is a fashion blog, but as you said you were offering something different. didn't you think that this man have made that pants that way because he couldn't afford a pair and had to do it with pieces of retails?
I insist I like your blog, but you should take these things into account

Photo of V

National Geographic has by far the most inspiring and gorgeous photos....

love :)

radicalproper.blogspot.com

Photo of amber

I am a little disappointed. The idea of you flipping through a national geographic and being wowed by this gentleman's fashion tells me just how far removed we as a generation have become.
I find it hard to believe that this man's "get-up" is anything close to a fashion statement. His pants are likely patchwork because that is all he had available to him. He and his country's destitution is supposed to be our "inspiration" and "rest for our eyes"?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

I like your blog- and for the most part, I like what you have to say. But this is a low point in your blog history.

Photo of Cafe Fashionista

Good grief, those glasses are fabulous!

Photo of deltay

Those are definitely some kickin' glasses!

Photo of Nat

I like your blog, but please have a little sensitivity. This is reminiscent of Erin Wasson's comment about the homeless having such great fashion.

Photo of Johanna

Love your blog!!!
Follow the swedish lawstudents blogwar on
http://claudiojohnno.blogspot.com/

Best wishes from Stockholm!

Photo of leyla m.

im in paris right now and with all the stiffness and rudeness, this picture just made my day!

LM
http://avisionofneon.blogspot.com/

Photo of ohphilippa

his patchwork legwarmers are pretty fantastic too!

Photo of drollgirl

love those glasses/googles!!!!

Photo of Luna

those shoes ARE pretty fab.

Photo of tartandtreacly

"It all boils down to whether you think suffering from the lack of basic necessities is or is not worse than suffering from spiritual deprivation. It's a bit subjective."

Yes, who indeed will think of all those spiritually-deprived, over-privileged, solipsistic First World kids who bleat on about the "subjectivity" of suffering on the internet, even in the face of the irrefutable fact of the average Tibetan's lack of both material and spiritual freedom.

Photo of Gabrielle Papa

I agree with most here, that this is in poor taste ala Erin Wasson, but not as bad, but everyone else has basically said it all. Poverty, oppression, basic human rights and the lot.

But I think it's a sin you cut up such an old National Geographic! You could have scanned it fine with the magazine in tact. Such a shame. If I find old magazines I try to preserve them, it's always interesting to read an article written in a different time, even if it was only 20 years ago.

Photo of william shatner

i saw that picture and instantly thought 'mad max' but i think you're right, he's way more steam punk.

i love the fact that he's adapted a pair of converse into a pair of crazy nomad stylee boots!

Photo of Kelsey

That is the raddest, most random inspiration ever.

Photo of lily

i think that the beauty of fashion is being able to find inspiration in anything, including subjects that may not exactly be "happy." Jean Pierre Braganza's line was inspired by the destruction of Native American culture by Westernization - he managed to turn a terrible loss into a wonderful fashion line. All that matters is self-awareness, in my opinion.

and i'm sorry to be giving you all a history lesson, but all you preachers need to do some research before spouting sanctimonious stuff - being self-righteous doesn't necessarily make you always right! don't blame the chinese government for "imposing" poverty on the tibetans. it was actually the chinese government that introduced electricity, built schools, built roads, and brought all sorts of modern developments into tibetan life. without them, tibetans would still be living under a serf-based economy where torture and brutal beheadings and hangings were accepted forms of punishment for crimes. it's true that the tibetans lack freedoms, but it is ignorant and oversimplified to blame them for ruining tibetan life. some western bandwagon protesters will never be able to understand the complexities of asian politics.

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