The BBC reports the following shocking story today:
Texas has told the European Union to mind its own business after the bloc called on the state’s governor to get rid of the death penalty.
Oh. My. God. This is the best story ever.
But Robert Black, a spokesman for the Texas governor, told the BBC News website: “Two hundred and thirty years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination.
“Texans long ago decided the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens.
“While we respect our friends in Europe … Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.”
“We fought a goldarn war to get you people off our backs! Now, don’t y’all got some cheese to be makin’ ?”
Just look at this spokesman:
This man’s face could be a Live Journal icon for “Are you fucking kidding me? No, really, you’re serious?”
Oh Texas. I just can’t hate you.
It’s that time of the season, when all the clothes seem old and done and nothing seems special anymore. Suddenly the coming season starts to look more enticing. The problem is only exacerbated by the fact that I love fall/winter layering and particularly the fabrics. Wool, tweed, corduroy, cable knit.
This picture is from the Bass corporate website (sadly they don’t have online shopping), and this is exactly how I picture myself on my best days. Back to school, yum.
Here’s a flat from Steve Madden, named “Pavement”, and priced at $70 (less 30% at the moment):
And here is “Candbury” by Chloé, originally 465 of the US dollars but down to $232.50 at Net-a-Porter:
I like this sort of thing because it’s very easy to take a Fred Mertz view of the runways: that high fashion is ridiculous and outrageously priced and irrelevant. And although I wouldn’t argue with the first two, the fact is that what is available for us more humble consumers to buy is very often influenced by the runways. Sometimes, it’s a little more than influence, but I won’t tell if you don’t.