At the airport on my way back from Brussels I bought this magazine because I wanted to check how well I can read French (pretty well, thankfully). I picked this one, Jalouse, because it looked the least wordy. The main headline said ‘Crazy Mode’ but little did I know that this was some sort of mental health themed issue. There was a few articles (some serious) and loads of features making reference to the ‘maniaco-depressif’. I don’t want to say anything about the proper articles because something may have been lost in translation, but this I just cannot let go even after creating my very own mini twitter outrage.
There was a fashion story with the model made up to look pale and like she’s been crying, looking miserable wearing misbuttoned designer pyjamas (see photos), with the following description:
To the West. Like a convalescent in a bathrobe. In slippers and luxury shirts, in pyjamas and sequin tops, a shopping bag just in case or… In short, a deranged appearance, like an outing from the psychiatric hospital.*
Really? Really? The psychiatric hospital? What is the message here: She’s not well enough to dress herself, but look how hot and artfully fucked up she looks? Psychosis is sexy?
When I posted this on facebook, someone said they were beginning to supect Zoolander was a documentary. Looking at this, they’re not far off!
* In French (not sure I got this exactly right, but definitely the gist of it): A l’Ouest. Telle une convalescente en peignoir. En chaussons et chemise do luxe, en pyjama et tops a pailettes, un cabas au cas ou… Bref une allure detraquee, comme pour une sortie d’hospital psy.