A huge round of applause as the level of couture is raised in Midtown – a concrete jungle of poor fashion taste. How does one successfully navigate the gauntlet of an Etro-ish scarf, black leather jacket, and brown equestrian handbag? This is how. Also, excellent layering strategy during a time of year when the 25 degree temperature differential in NYC during the day is a constant challenge.
This gal will probably be dropping layers later in the day. Leather gets warm easily if it’s not windy.
Look how much better this scarf looks than the one earlier in the week. It’s a lighter fabric, more fitting for warmer early fall weather. It has a similar weight to the shirt she’s got on underneath. I think this is well done, and I like the bag too.
Bravo! Another amazing and inspiring shot. Love the attitude and how she nonchalantly wrapped her scarf. Was she going on a go-see? Want to see her shoes and her bag. Looks either vintage or MiuMiu. I can’t wait to see your shots for upcoming fashion week.
I have no idea if people will be offended by it, but I have to agree with the “11:33 am anonymous” on the following: people often ignore the meaning of what they wear. I have no idea if this is one of those cases, but the “shemagh” is not just another scarf, of course. It has a meaning, as other symbols do, religious, ethnical or political ones. To wear these sort of items for purely aesthetic reasons is, in the least, being out of touch with the rest of the world.
The keffiyeh has tassled edges the whole way along … the scarf tied around her neck in a knot appears not to have tassled edges – only tassled ends. I don’t think it’s the keffiyeh, just similar – I agree with the above posters – she is indeed wearing 2 scarves.
She is very beautiful, but the outfit? It’s completely ordinary, isn’t it? Go to any European university and the place’ll be crawling with young women dressed like this. It’s just a little bit boring. I love this blog but I’m here for the photographs of interesting ensembles – of people trying slightly different looks – rather than pictures of models dressed like everyone else, I guess.
It is clearly a keffiyeh. I have many, all of which were purchased in Lebanon and Jordan, where they are as common as they are in Palestine. I wear mine because they are practical, comfortable, attractive, and, to be sure, because I am pro-Palestine.
The notion that they are some sort of “played-out” hipster accessory just betrays an enormous amount of ignorance. Even more absurd is the possibility that wearing one would somehow be offensive. Is wearing a yarmukle offensive? Does wearing a krama make someone pro-Khmer Rouge?
I agree with what Claudia said–not that I find it _offensive_ per se (I’m not that tapped into the complete semiotics of the scarf), but points definitely dropped for me when I saw the scarf. Clueless, random, and thus in mild bad taste–unless she does indeed know what she’s wearing. Sort of like a clueless gentile picking up a yarmulke and wearing it in the street because it looked cool…
Other than that, she’s a dream of a look and an image. Straight out of a Mike and Chris catalog. It’s interesting to find that some models _do_ look as fabulous and evocative in person as they do on the magazine pages.
There’s an excellent article about the “Yassar Arafat” scarf at http://footpathzeitgeist.blogspot.com/ Scroll down to the Thursday, May 04, 2006 blog, called “Free your signifier and the rest will follow”.
It’s unlikely that the girl understands the drama behind the scarf and more likely that she saw it at one of the cheap stands at every other corner in Amsterdam or Barcelona. The jacket and hair is great, but the scarf reminds me of a European middle school student… if only she’s coupled it with a Che Guevara t-shirt.
Yes, I have to agree that her look is very Lou Doillon, but it’s also a look that many, many young women in New York and Europe (Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, etc) have adopted. Maybe a year and a half ago one would say, wow, she’s so cool. Today you can sort of pull together a version (a cheaper one, of course) of her get-up at Urban Outfitters. That’s when you know it’s time to move on.
“why should a scarf, politically motivated or otherwise, offend people?
grow up. people have different opinions.”
Amen! It is only in the US that affinity for the Middle East is seen as ‘offensive’ or has to be explained away by insulting the wearer. I have several kaffiehs that I carry with pride. This is not a religious symbol, it is a regional garment whose patterns vary within Jordan, Iraq etc. Fashion is also about statement and politics of various guises, people..
Someone down there in the list of comments said that it was “unlikely” that she “understood” the significance of her scarf. Why? Because she’s a model? That seems unfair, though there is something a little unnerving about a fashionista wearing such a politically charged garment- it’s easy to presume that it’s a vacuous gesture. But who knows? Maybe the Fabulous Freja is in real life an ardent political activist. To those who left comments to the effect of ‘it’s only a scarf’- wake up people. Watch the news. I’m sure Freja does. At least I hope she does. Theh again, maybe she doesn’t. Jeez, the fashion world can be so unbearably postmodern…
i love shemaghs and I don’t think anyone should be offended by them. i love mine. its the warmest scarf i own and its incredibly soft. i also have no problem that it is associated with palestine. if dont know the history…
Being Danish – like Freja Beha in the picture – I can assure everyone that the scarf is a completely non-political accessory. A lot of people in Denmark wear them – and have for years. Not very controversial…
Freja is from copenhagen( so am i, though i lived in NY 4ever). Freja ALWAYS wear her skinny jeans, a white tank & a leather jacket when fall arrives…want’s to stay comfy when going on fittings for all the biggeste shows in NY, she never dresses up..she doesn’t need to. Get over with – Freja is indeed aware of her statement,when wearing the scarf – a gorgeous model , smart & feminie look w/out trying at all – how gorgeous is she!!! Our great Danish designer henrik Vibskov had the scarf all over london a couple of years ago…it’s fall & she is wearing retro, that’s all.thanks firstname.lastname@example.org