Thursday, January 27, 2011

Seriously Banana Republic?




I understand everyone is now irritatingly chasing the Jenna Lyons dream, but someone has taken a wrong turn here.

Oh, and note to J. Crew... I DON'T FUCKING CARE WHAT JENNA LYONS IS PACKING FOR HER TRIP TO ST. KITTS. I don't care what a 6' 4" freak in sequin leggings is doing. At all. So much creepy girl worship.

While we're on the topic - - let's make a list of things we are over people obsessing about. You go first.

77 comments:

Lady Blue said...

And re: your post. Yeahhhh I'm not sure what the deal is with Jenna Lyons all of a sudden. Wasn't she the creative director of JCrew for a while? And then all of a sudden she's popping up on Oprah about how fabulous her life is and all this shit? Like why is she being suddenly thrust into the limelight? And why is her brownstone in Brooklyn the only thing I'm actually jealous of?

Zoe said...

Zig zag stripes aka chevron patterns. OVER! I'm also sick of mid century modern, but I was never a very big fan in the first place...

Anonymous said...

Kardashians! Seriously, why are they famous?

Erynn said...

AMEN, sista.

Appletree said...

Kate Spade

Krysta said...

I love that you said it- "creepy girl worship." So true.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes and YES. I couldn't agree more. Jenna Lyons was like the requisite 'tastemaker' blog post and magazine editorial topic and everyone painted their bedroom black. Over it. Let's move on. Thanks!

eileen said...

The Spades-- Kate and Andy. Impeccable taste aside, that Andy creeps me out in garden-gnome-come to-life kind of way.

Stacy said...

I've been screaming about Jenna Lyons forever--it IS creepy worship! J.Crew is still a mall brand, get over it. Oh, and I can be done with Domino worship, too.

This post makes me so happy--thank you Decorno for keepin' it real!

Gina Mosca said...

I am over people obsessing about pigs. Seriously. Cartoons of pigs on menus, on signs, pigs with their cuts of meat diagrammed, pigs as the entire theme of a restaurants existence. I understand that at a lot of these places the pigs are special and free-range and they will be serving all the parts of the pig, which is great. But still, an animal smarter than my dog, and probably more obedient, is being slaughtered, so do we need to fetishize this? Also, eating bacon is not a quasi-religious experience. It's delicious because it is smoked. You can smoke just about anything and it will taste great.

kelleyp said...

that is one goofy outfit on that BR model however at the actual store the stuff looks amazing. much better than past seasons. Kinda getting over the J. Crack! and yes, thanks Jenna for altering us all to your fabulous vacations.

Anonymous said...

ENOUGH Albert Hadley interviews. He sounds like a perfectly nice man but he's a dull interview. Someone ask him what Van Day Truex looked for in hookers or something interesting.

mamacita said...

Belgian design: beige slipcovers, huge exposed dark-wood beams, no color anywhere. Industrial "found" objects.

Anonymous said...

If you put Jenna Lyons on Paxil, all those charcoal gray walls would be lemon yellow inside of a month.

caroline said...

kardashians, obviously

Bloggers Abode said...

Mormon Housewives Blogs. There, I said it.

The Avarice said...

oh mylanta. that one there's a hot mess.
regarding things im sick of... the kardashians come to mind.

mary said...

I love it--I really do not care about what any single body is taking on vacation or who is in or out (or fill in the blank). And I do not like black high gloss painted walls even if Jenna has a few (they are depressing).

Anonymous said...

ditto

Anonymous said...

Ditto

design citation said...

I am really really over status HANDBAGS. Especially the ones made from 900 pythin skins. I was almost knocked over on the UES (of course) by one of those the other day. It looks so pathetic, this supposed symbol of luxury and status. And now the gays have joined in! What's with the status TOTE bags, guys?

I work in the industry. I've been carrying a nylon Unicloq tote bag for 2 years. I hate Jenna too. Fuck.

drooz studio said...

thank you. that was the first time i laughed all day,
it has been a rough one. ( not of a serious nature... just crappy business stuff) thank you. i'm still giggling.
(mostly because i'm 5'5 ... and cant even grasp the concept of sequin leggings) ugh.

kiwi said...

I'm over Aveda and smelling like a toxic herb dump, kicky frilly maternity tops worn by size 0 women, flat boots, embellished tees, all 8-inch heels and Prada metallic emblems on the backs of these 8-inch fucking heels, gray nail polish, and I'm REALLY sick of those goddam drapey cardigans. I've taken a pass on this trend and would appreciate it going away forever. And no, I don't want to revisit high-waisted and wide-leg jeans. I'll stick with my pencil jeans, okay?

Christina said...

Low-waisted skinny jeans. They don't look good on anyone.
Hipsters. (The people, not the jeans. Or the underwear.)
Drake.
Those flat jazz-dance shoes worn as on-the-street shoes. Ugh.
"Artisanal" goods.
Pickling/cupcakes/handpicked, handroasted, hand poured coffee.
Blogs full of pictures taken of the blog author in her expensive clothes, posed model-like and photographed by her boyfriend.

That little vent felt good. Thanks!

doug @ tracery said...

Ikat. I started to show it to a client as an option today and I actually apologized and withdrew it from the stack of fabrics. Enough already.

Anonymous said...

"Heidi Klum to Create Some Possibly GOOP-Like Content for AOL"

Enough said!

Rain Girl said...

I don't know if the genre is just styling or interior, but let me try...

People who dress up their pets as a child! I simply don't get it. Hey, they got a natural fur coat on, for crying out loud.

Anonymous said...

Tired of everyone obsessing about...magazine editors.

They are not rock stars. They are not remotely glamorous. Or fascinating.

It's a sign of how dried up our celebrity pool is when someone like Stephen Drucker is being gossiped about.

The Roving Home said...

Woodland creatures. Are you listening Brooklyn/etsy?

Anonymous said...

I would have to say I am so over the current girl on girl crushes going on with the ladies of Rue Magazine and in the design blog community as a whole. I mean seriously...could they love themselves anymore? Could they love to profess their love for their cuteness? Like the Rue girls on Facebook, watch their self obsessed videos and you will see what I mean. I'm sure they are all perfectly sweet but this is like Domino magazine dipped in the Willy Wonka chocolate river. Except none of them get sucked up the tube. Oh this whole thing gets me just riled up. Make your magazine, be professional, and stop having cupcake parties so you can celebrate your glasses, or skirts, or so called achievements. Oy.

Anonymous said...

Paz de la Huerta

Black Swan -- campy and beautiful, but the best movie of the year? Come on.

Jonathan Franzen -- mean boy

Thea Beasley, formally known as Talitha Love.... said...

Agreed!
Agreed, Agreed!!!

casey said...

thank you.
i'm so tired of chalk board paint. EVERYONE has a chalkboard wall now.

Hawleywood said...

I am SO over bloggers obsessing over EACH OTHER. Seriously, just rent a cabin up in the Poconos or wherever and get your lezz-fest on. Stop stroking each others' egos all over the internets. It's disgusting. The End.

Hawleywood said...

Also, I'm over ghost chairs. The last thing I want is for people to see my butt crack and/or muffin top squished into a clear plastic chair. Gross. Chairs are opaque for a reason.

Maison Luxe said...

Not nearly as bad as this....I wonder if Jenna packed it for her trip??

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/denim/PRDOVR~38606/38606.jsp

s. said...

Michelle Obama's arms... pregnant celebrities... state of the economy...

muranogirl said...

Too funny Decorno!
Yeah, I don't care what she's packing but I wouldn't mind her Manhattan townhouse.
Seriously, why are they all chasing j crew? Give me some All Saints with a little Vanessa Bruno and Alexander Wang thrown in.

Anonymous said...

@Bloggers Abode - Thank you for saying it!! I find it odd and sort of creepy the whole Mormon designer blog cult-ish thing. Which ties in with the "creepy girl worship" factor. It's just all so precious and the steady stream of homemade, hand-crafted, letterpress designed, twee little child's birthday parties is driving me nuts. I don't need to see anymore self-congratulatory themed birthday parties for little Ezekial and Juniper.

mamacita said...

Ditto on Mormon housewife blogs and twee, over-styled "parties" that look as fun as a trip to the dentist.

Angie said...

Here's what I'm over: I'm over this insane, extremely fragile web of decor/lifestyle bloggers who guest post and cross post and link to each others' blogs ad naseum. I realize that this is all part of their blog marketing strategy, trying to amp up content on their sites. But I don't want to be reading someone's blog just because someone else is trying to do them a favor. It reeks of desperation, and it makes me think that I might be the only person reading your blog who is not caught up in this web of cronyism.

If you have a blog that I read and you want to direct me to someone else's blog, put that someone else's blog in your links on the side of the page, but be SELECTIVE about it. I will take your recommendation more seriously that way. As for content, you should all be doing your own content, rather than posting your content on everyone else's site.

MyMaison said...

She just looks like a homeless person.

rebecca said...

I'm over people only liking things ironically. I don't have enough minutes in the day to enjoy all the things I like sincerely.

Alicealmighty said...

Amen to @anonymous & @hawleywood!

Anonymous said...

what's an example of mormon housewife blogs? sorry, i must be out of the loop.

Anonymous said...

Clothing that provides free advertising (or status) to the owner. People are so stupid they first purchase these articles then worship them. I work on the UES and have seen a lot. There is an epidemic of botoxed foreheads and big puffy cheeks and LIPS, too. What is wrong with reality and aging gracefully?

Anonymous said...

Mid century modern.

Anonymous said...

effin' justin bieber

Concrete Jungle said...

OVER as a reader of blogs being referred to as 'my dumplings' my lovelies etc.

Anonymous said...

The Kardashian Twats

Lucite everything

Restoration Hardware's 4-digit accessories

The Balding Prince and the Gold Digger who waited and waited and waited (aka the Royal Wedding)

"What I'm wearing today" blogs -- especially when they claim to be so introspective...at 25.

Brand new handbags that "look and feel like you've had them forever"

Making your city studio "feel like the Hamptons"

Preppy girls that puke green and pink. Seriously, who the hell cares about your Lilly Pulitzer notepad?

And ya, J.Crew needs some seriously new material.

Anonymous said...

Painting everything white. We will look back at that and call it "The Great Recession White." and it will make us sick.

Anonymous said...

these mormon housewife hipster types are bullies coated in pantone color frosting

Anonymous said...

Oh, dare I say... Kelly Wearstler!!! Never was a fan. I don't get her. Or her style.

tina said...

i too would like a few examples of mormon housewife blogs & mormon housewife hipster bully blogs that anon 9:14 spoke of.

I feel totally out of the loop.

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Tina - Emily Henderson (an ex-Mormon) wrote a blog post about the Mormon/Design Blog connection. It's on her Brass Petal blog. It gives a good explanation of the phenomenon. You can also go to this Salon article http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/01/15/feminist_obsessed_with_mormon_blogs/index.html which gives a bunch of links and talks more about it.

Anonymous said...

3rd rate Decorno knockoffs.

(Formula: Add a few random "fucks," stir a few times, and serve.)

marcy wacker said...

Precious engagement photos, esp those involving balloons and wedding photos of the bride's shoes. Ugh.

Not who you think I am said...

I'm over you Elaine. You've been the beneficiary of much blog girl on girl love and you have the gall to criticize others. I'm over hypocrites like you. You know you're a middle aged poser who's just jealous of the success of others. Let hard working people be and crawl back into your hole where you belong.

Didn't you quit?? Couldn't stay away from the sycophants ?

Decorno said...

Let's define "success" here.

Anonymous said...

Also define "beneficiary."

Anonymous said...

The link to that Salon article on Mormon bloggers is HERE.

rebecca said...

Hey Not Who You Think I Am:

I think the problem we're talking about isn't so much when bloggers benefit from giving each other a shout out here or there. The problem is when their fawning becomes the content. People stop creating new material and just cross-post with gushing praise and call it a day. It's the worst sort of phoning it in because the entire point of blogging is having something to say.

I define a successful blog as one that brings new content and ideas to the world and/or sparks new and interesting discussion beyond seven hundred "that's so cute!" comments.

Of course, I may be wrong. I am middle-aged, after all, so what would I know.

Anonymous said...

How is she a poser? Is she posing as an interior designer? Is she posing as a fashionista? This blog is pretty self-effacing. Not sure what you think she's "posing" as.

Karen said...

AMEN to Concrete Jungle. Those also are invariably the blogs who say "without further adieu..." before they show us their thrifting finds from the weekend or some such shit.

It's "without further ADO," people. And I am not "your lovely."

Anonymous said...

They're *Mormon*! Oh, gosh, that explains so much. I've followed one design blog for a while, 'cause the writer had a lot of good DIY tips. I won't name names. She posted recently about the "alt summit" for bloggers, and joked about urging people to go, and that if they didn't sign up, the blogger would twist their husbands' arms. I asked in a comment why she'd assume all her readers are married or female or married, female, and heterosexual. She said that most of her readers *were* all of the three, and it had been a running joke at alt summit, that the attendees had to sweet-talk their husbands for the loot to attend, like it was "an extended girls' night out". And, I thought, "What?! Seriously? A design blog conference is like some 50's housewife coffee klatch...but now it all makes sense. And alt summit was in Salt Lake City! http://www.altitudesummit.com/

Cyn said...

Sequin leggings and the the whole sequin harem pant from JC is like riding an express train to Cameltoe Avenue.

I'll

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that link to the article about Mormon Mom Bloggers. I think another irritating genre is the "Southern Fundamentalist Homeschooler Mama Blogger."

Anonymous said...

Over Halle & Gabriel's custody battle.

Penelope Bianchi said...

It took me a long time! I finally found the "venting" about."enough" is this it?

I find it quite astonishing. Many people have told me about the "anger" and "vituperation" on the blogosphere!

Here it is!!

Wow. People are PISSED!
I will answer one.....(only because I know the answer..and I "get" the question!

to Lady Blue:

Jenna Lyons WAs the "Style director" of J.Crew. She was picked by Mickey Drexler......who used to be at "the Gap" and has staged quite a comeback at the helm of JCrew.
Jenny is now President of JCrew......Mickey is CEO........I think this is right.

My theory of why she is in the limelight? She is a natural; darling person.....she has a husband and a child she loves and talks about.......(I love hearing about her trips!) And she is independent and creative....and puts things together that are fun....and shiny and unusual.

I am a 63 year old decorator (40 years); I have been buying 90% J Crew for the last two years) I used to buy Donna Karan.....

Lots of these comments really sound like anger and it sounds to me that is directed at innocent people!

Jenna has helped raise the profits at J Crew to an astonishing level. I think, by making some very cool fashions.....comfortable and affordable.....and Chic!

Just my opinion!

ps "Lady Blue" good taste finding such a cool brownstone to be jealous of!

ps I agree that Aveeda stuff "stinks"! I had to throw away things!! Ewww!

Anonymous said...

I smell jealous.

Penelope's Adoring Fans said...

Dear Penelope,

You have made it very clear that you have been decorating since the invention of the chair. Further reminders are unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of creepy girl crushes:

ENOUGH AUDREY HEPBURN.

(Ditto Grace Kelly)

Skitzo Leezra Studio said...

I am SO OVER bloggers decorating their hovels with photos of their kids and pretending it is art. Antique portraits of dead relatives - okay.
Your spawn - not so much.

Anonymous said...

she has a husband and a child she loves and talks about......

Yeah, I'm not getting that feeling about the husband. They seem like one of those couples who are never in the same room together, except when a magazine photographer comes by.

Anonymous said...

I am sick to death of people misappropriating the word 'curate.' Are you listening etsy?! One's shoe collection is not "curated," I don't care how long it took you to find all those perfectly worn cowboy boots. An assemblage of things you like isn't a "curated list." CURATORS CURATE. AT MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES. Sorry, I believe you wrote about this long ago -- but I still run into it at least twice a week.

Anonymous said...

to not who you think i am...
define THE.

sick of those rolling bus signs/ location name things as art!

also sick of asiago cheese & poblano peppers!

has anyone mentioned anthropologie?

nautical stripe sweaters!

the nail color, mani/pedi thing is totally overrated

Anonymous said...

I'm done "Keeping Calm and Carrying On"! Enough already.