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Friday, March 31, 2006

Trend: Manliness: Beardly

NY Times reports a full-on bushy beard trend/fad.

According to them, all the fashionistas, Williamsburg scenesters, and celebs like Hugo Weaving, Mel Gibson and George Clooney are hairing it up. Even the staff at Vice Magazine has gone wooly! So it must be the "next" thing if Vice is doing it. Sell your Gillette stock now while you can!

One interesting quote from the article..."Whenever a countercultural trend becomes a mainstream one, there is a natural tendency to look for deeper meaning. Do beards that call to mind Charles Manson suggest dissatisfaction with "the system"? Are broody beards, like the dark and somber mood of the fall fashion collections, physical manifestations of a melancholia in the air? Are they a reflection of the stylistic impact on mainstream fashion of the subculture of gay men known as bears, who embrace natural body hair? But such theories seem to have less relevance — and beards less shock value — than they once did."

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