Marc Jacobs has added some speech balloons to his Interview Magazine windows in honor of Gay Pride Week. We suppose that's only appropriate when you are picured in high heels, a graphic patterned fur coat, an amusing hat and a face full of makeup, though Jacobs has been noting Gay Pride week in his Bleecker Street shops for several years now. In addition, he has added to his selection of printed t-shirts with one titled "Rebel Pride" designed by Jon Lynn which superimposes the pattern of the Confederate Flag over the Gay Pride rainbow in an unexpected mash-up of contradictory symbols for a mere $18.
While there was a brief period several years back when it was a fashionable statement to festoon oneself with rainbows for the Pride Parade, these days the symbol, while useful when posted in the windows of gay-friendly business establishments, has long since become pretty much radioactive as a fashion statement among The Gays of New York, replaced mostly by Abercrombie & Fitch.
Can Marc's peerless fashion clout make the rainbow flag hip once again by presenting it in a twisted, vaguely paradoxical, potentially controversial way?
We'll see this Sunday.
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