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Pop Culture and Style Icon Madonna!

Madonna is a singer-songwriter,  actress and a business woman. Born and raised in Michigan, US. Throughout her career Madonna has trampled the status quo by tearing down boundaries with her style and performances! Madonna has been the pioneer for self reinvention, pushing boundaries and making it clear that she will not slow down as she gets older. 

"Art should be controversial"

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Madonna has been listed as the best selling female artist  with the highest selling solo artist tours of all time! She has demolished boundaries which were expected from female pop stars. She’s done so by becoming the  pioneer of reinvention. Reinventing herself through her looks, and whilst doing so, she has unapologetically brought attention to how the naked female body is viewed. After topless pictures of Madonna were leaked in 1992 Madonna took control of the leaks and released her own coffee table book titled ‘Sex’. The book saw her posed with no clothes on, however, the images were not provocative in a sexual sense. They oozed power and confidence. She proved that women can be in control of their own sexuality and do so with utter confidence.

Cultural Provocateur

Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ music video which was released in 1989. The video was banned for being too ‘controversial’. Having heavy religious connotations, breaking many religious and racial taboos. Madonna made a deal with Pepsi Co which allowed the company to release an early clip of the music video before its official released by the singer-songwriter. However, due to the heavy anti religious connotations Pepsi had to pull out of their deal and distanced themselves from the controversy. Naturally, the Vatican condemned the music video but this didn’t stop the queen of pop performing the song in front of the Pope in 2008! Aggravating the Vatican in more than one way.  Despite the outrage, Like a Prayer spent three weeks at no 1 on the US Billboard chart and was voted MTV’s most groundbreaking video of all time! Proving the weight in meaning it had to her fans and listeners, oh how we love that she doesn’t play it safe! 

Material Girl

Madonna taught the world about Jean Paul Gautier’s cone bra. The designer created the bra for Madonna’s Blond Ambition world tour. Gautier had been playing around with the design since the beginning of the fashion label’s inception in the 80s however, Madonna brought the idea to life on a huge platform in front of the world! Madonna not only trademarked this look but helped to being inner wear to outerwear. Making it acceptable to wear silk and lace in ways that were previously reserved for indoors. Making the bold statement that anything can be worn at any time, anywhere! YES Madge! 

Madonna replicated a look often associated with Marilyn Monroe circa ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ in her music video for ‘Material Girl’. At this point Marilyn Monroe was seen as a symbol of victim hood, betrayed by one of the most powerful men in America. The story attached to Monroe was that of sadness. However, in her video for ‘Material Girl’ Madonna cultivated her look to demonstrate power and transformed the sad image created by the media of Monroe to a spokeswomen for unapologetically sexuality. 

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Below you will find the Madonna ‘Holiday’ album which we have available to purchase on our website along with staple items inspired by the pop queen herself! We hope you have felt inspired by Madonna’s journey of reinvention! 

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The Pasta Haters 

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Consciously Stylish

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Slowly Becoming Fashion Conscious

Welcome back to our blog! This week we wanted to highlight the the goodness which comes from saying YES! to vintage. 

We understand that we all still love to shop. And that shopping patterns are highly unlikely to change. But we can still shop and do so ethically! Make a conscious effort to support your local vintage stores and recycle clothing which has already been through the carbon emitting process. Vintage shopping is SO much more fun than shopping at high street stores. The feeling of the unknown of what you may find that day. Walking into a store that isn’t a store, who’s interior has been mass produced and duplicated in thousands of other stores under the same name across the country, or even world! Your local vintage shops are like small homes, filled with clothes that have stories sewn into their seams. On the other hand, fast fashion is more times than not, cheap for a reason. Produced in terrible conditions at an extortionately low wage.

We're Comin' For Ya!

There is a nicer kid on the block! The vintage and secondhand industries are set to overtake the fast fashion industry by 2028. Surpassing the fast fashion industry by €20 Billion! Wowzers! Generations Z-er’s are expecting brands to be socially and sustainability responsible. For this generation it has become a necessity that brands do. In fact, 3BL has found that 90% of the Z Generations (those born between 1995 and 2015) will only buy from stores who are serious about their corporate responsibility duties.

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Better Quality 

As well as being better for the environment, second hand shopping comes with many more benefits too. More often than not vintage pieces are of a much better quality than the products sold at fast fashion companies (with the exception of high end designers). Prior to the 60′ and 70s clothing was made to last. Heading to the shop to buy a replacement a few weeks later was not an option. Therefore, quality had to be of a top quality- which is why on older garments the seams are beautifully strong and remain intact longer and the buttons on shirts and coats are immaculately joined to the garment.

Stories 

Whether or not we discover them, every vintage or second hand item of clothing has its own journey. How endearing is it to buy a necklace which, had previously been worn by a woman for 20+ years. The dinners had, parties gone to and books read by someone wearing the exact same necklace you now have. Incredible! 

The People You Meet!

Vintage shop owners are always the most welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic people you will meet! With endless stories to tell about where they retrieved each and every item in their shop, you’re bound to get into an exciting conversation with them! Also, wearing vintage clothes brings about conversations with strangers when you’re out and about. Inquiries about where you bought your unique garments, a breath of fresh air in a world where people seem to be wearing the same mass produced clothing. Vintage clothing invites meaningful conversations!

Bye Bye Spaghetti, Hello Kimchi!

At The Pasta Haters we want to promote the fun of supporting your local stores and make it easy for you to shop vintage stores all over Europe via our website.  Stand out from the crowd! Have fun and be out there.  We want to make it easy for everyone to become part of the romance that comes with wearing vintage clothing. As it isn’t just ‘old used clothes’ they’re so much more than that! they’re romantic pieces of art, a way to bring colour to a world where everyone seems to be wearing the same. 

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The Haçienda Craze

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The Haçienda Craze

Renowned nightclub The Haçienda was born out of Factory Records. A record label with bands such as The Smiths and New Order under their management! The club not only transformed the party scene, the Haçienda also created a style that has transpired through generations. 

Opening it’s doors in 1982, the club went on to be the most influential club in the country. And understandably so. With its industrial feel, the club brought hipster music lovers with open minds all under the same roof. Not to mention that the Haçienda was the venue in the UK which hosted Madonna’s first appearance!

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Young people from the UK and all over Europe were flocking to the Hacienda and to experience the ‘Madchester’ scene. With expression taking place via the music played at the venue, people felt free to fully expressed themselves too. Often attending the Haçienda in mad and out-there outfits, the club provided a kind of haven for like-minded people to come together and dance away any negativity. With club nights such as ‘Flesh’ an LGBTQ night put on at the club, which was described as truly liberating! A night where people could express themselves and their sexuality. A club night that made people feel safe when they walked through the door and not feel in danger about expressing their individuality. YAS!

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'Unknown Pleasures'

Peter Saville, Co-founder of Factory Records was also one hell of a graphic designer! With a very distinct style, Saville designer posters for the Haçienda along with the now iconic cover art for Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album. The cover became and still is, one of the most recognised cover art design of all time. The design appears everywhere. Whether embroided into the side of a pair of Doc Marten’s or morphed into the shape of Mickey Mouse on a T-shirt. It.Is.Everywhere. 

The cover art created an air of mystery. What did these waves mean? Incredibly, the image is that of the radio emissions given out by a pulsar. Which is a rotating neutron star. Saville states that he wanted the album cover to really evoke it’s title. Called ‘Unknown Pleasures’ the album visual was just this. A pleasure to the eye, but what it is remains an unknown mystery.

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Haçienda Style

Bucket Hats, anorak’s and flared trousers were a Haçienda fashion staple. Clubbers partied the night away in garments which were practical for dancing the night away and at the same time reflective of their individuality. When Stone Roses’ Ian Brown rocked the Haçienda stage in a pair of vintage Wrangler flares everyone wanted them. The trend took off becoming iconic of the 80s British fashion scene. 

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hacçienda nightclub, Adidas teamed up with Yohji Yamamoto to create the FAC51-Y3 trainer. The shoe’s design is a collaboration between Peter Saville (the original Factory records founder) and Ben Kelly (architect who designed the Haçienda interior) along with Joy Division’s bass player, Peter Hook. The shoe resembles the industrial interior of the club itself and also the promotional colours of the club.

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Adidas FAC51-Y3 Haçenda

Feeling inspired? Below we have picked items which we think would be perfect for a care free dance and music filled night at the Hacçienda! Get your wardrobes ready for the outdoor live music and festival season! 

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The Pasta Haters X

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Quentin Tarantino, He’s Back!

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He's Back! Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has returned to the scene of his crime. And we cannot contain our excitement! The star-studded film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ will be shown at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival this Summer. As a result, we couldn’t help but  take a look back at Tarantino’s previous iconic films such as ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Kill Bill’ and of course ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Very Tarantino!

From iconic scenes, fashion highs and lows to endlessly repeated quotes Quintin Tarantino has given us a lot in his last 8 films. With the up-coming release of his 9th film we thought we’d look back at some of these memorable moments. With a career spanning almost thirty years Tarantino has influenced generations, whether it’s the suits from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction or the unforgettable yellow tracksuit from Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2.

"I said Goddam"

That black power bob- I mean…. Yeah. Super, Super stylish and a symbol of power all wrapped up in one delicious package. Matched with Mia’s badass, grooving, confidence, she is definitely someone we are inspired by. Mia Wallace’s air of not giving a hoot about other’s judgements is definitely a trait which we wish to promote here at the Pasta Haters. We will definitely make it our aim to go into this week with some of Mia Wallace’s groove! 

“I wanna dance, I wanna win. I want that trophy, so dance good”

Stylish Assassin

Betsy Heimann, costume designer for Pulp Fiction says that she chose Mia Wallace’s outfit specifically because she wanted to portray her as a female Reservoir Dog- Love that! Heimann states that the black cropped pants had to be reinvented to fit Uma Thurman as the cropped pant weren’t a very popular choice for women at the time. In addition, she states that the Chanel slippers were included to make it clear that she was the mob bosses’ wife.   

Similarly, Uma Thurman strikes again looking killer (no pun intended) in the iconic yellow all in one in Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2.  The former assassin known as ‘The Bride’ sets out to strike back at her former husband to be to get revenge. The film, which was released in 2003 has deep connotations with the world today in light of the #MeToo movement.

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"Why'da I gotta be Mr Pink?"

The 1992 classic Reservoir Dogs became an unlikely statement for men’s fashion. In return, the film is said to have created the equivalent of the little black dress for men. Creating a name for the black and white suit, and putting a twist on a usually boring outfit. Reservoir Dogs saw the suit casually worn with black sunglasses and a skinny black tie. The suit provided a new feel to the originally, stiff, authoritarian look suits before had brought. Instead, the suit’s shown in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs creates an effortlessly cool image with a whiff of gangster.  Interestingly, costume designer Betsy Heimann, who may we just say is a legendary costume designer, with the Tarntino films under her belt and films such as Almost Famous! Heimann admits that due to the budget for the film being so low they simply couldn’t afford the pricey, stiff suits that were in style for men at the time. Instead, they used whatever they could get their hands on in order to create a suit kind of look. 

We cannot wait for the release of Tarantino’s new film this summer. In particular, we cannot wait to see the 60s/70s styles that will grace our screens. And not to mention whether legendary costume designer Betsy Heimann will be joining the team of costume design for this film also! Below we have included items available from our website to get you ready for a 60s/70s inspired summer Tarantino film release . 

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 The Pasta Haters X

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Oh, so Quant

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Oh, So Quant!

Spring has finally sprung! Which means we couldn’t be happier here at The Pasta Haters! We want to celebrate the oh so stylish Mini Skirt and Mary Quant,  the most iconic fashion designer of the 60s&70s. With the well anticipated Mary Quant exhibition opening at London’s V&A Museum next month we wanted to pay homage to her designs and get you super excited for Spring and Summer!

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Self taught designer Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry during the 60s/70s. Styles which have persevered and influenced us to this very day. Quant’s style as a self taught designer was influenced by musicians, and the Mods and Beatniks taking Chelsea, London by storm at the time. As a result, Quant’s first collection she released, consisted of simple, practical and very ware-able garments. Quant states that she wanted to create clothes which suited the actions of normal life, resemblant of her humble up-bringing. 

Quant is often credited for creating the Mini Skirt, even if this is argued by some designers who were prevalent at the time, it cannot be denied that she did bring the Mini into the spotlight. With the Mini being Quant’s trademark she attracted high profile customers such as, Twiggy. Who went on to become a symbol of the time.

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"Risk it, Go for it"

For the upcoming exhibition at London’s V&A Museum the shows curator’s created the #WeWantQuant hashtag to find women with pieces from Quant’s 60s and 70s collection in their wardrobes! With an overwhelming reaction from women all around the world, it is evident that Quant’s creations weren’t just clothes. But cherished pieces of memories from the past. The women who got in touch emailed their fond stories which were attached to the Quant garments they had recovered. 

The hashtag movement for Quant’s garments is a powerful one. Women globally are coming together with experiences and stories close to their hearts. In Quant’s autobiography she says that her career was a whirlwind. Achieving immense success whilst also living it up during the swinging 60 & 70s party scene. Quant and husband Alexander Plunket Greene were students at Goldsmith’s University in London when they met. Their son states that both lived with ‘riotously excitement’. He further states that Quant’s designs were much more than styles that revolutionised the fashion industry, but brought a sense of freedom to the previously rigid garments worn by women at the time. Quant designed garments which went hand in hand with the cultural changes that were taking place at the time.

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Designing power

Mary Quant recognised that Britain and the world was on the brink of social and cultural change. She saw an opportunity for liberation and designed garments such as shorter skirts and dresses to reflect this. Quant realised that women were parting from the traditional stereotypes, and created the tools which helped women to freely express this movement and their unique individuality. In addition, Quant’s creations were her personal rebellion against the path life could have taken her on if she had not  pursued her career as a designer. She had an intense need to create garments which spoke a thousand words, and not just an item worn to look good. In love with Mary Quant yet?  Yes, us too !

The Mary Quant exhibition opens on the 6th of April 2019  until the 16th of February 2020. We hope you have been inspired by Mary Quant’s incredible story! Below we have chosen our top picks which we think honour Quant’s designs which our retailers have available for you to purchase on our website. Risk it and go for it! 

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Ian Dury

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Ian Dury "New Boots and Panties!!"

"Hit Me with your rhythm Shtick"

For this week’s Vinyl Tuesday’s, we have chosen to discuss Ian Dury’s album, ‘New Boots and Panties!!’. Ian Robins Dury was an English singer-songwriter and is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating rock stars of the 1970’s- uniquely delivering pub and punk rock n roll in a British, ‘vaudeville-esque’ way. 

Dury contracted polio when he was only 12 years old, he used his disability as a strength, giving him greater depth in his song writing and using it as a form of empowerment. It could be said that it was as a result of this illness, that gave him his harrowingly comical outlook on life. An outlook which resonates throughout his music. From Sweet Gene Vincent with its piano keys reminding us of Little Richard to the harsher raspy gargling’s on Plaistow Patricia, this album has it all. Some songs could be played at discos while others were reserved for singing along to on top of tables behind closed doors.

"I'm partial to your abracadabra"

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Jack the Lad

Ian Dury could pull of these lyrics because he sang them with a deep sense of physical and emotional vulnerability and we get the impression he prefers his cast of characters, such as, Clevor Trevor, Plaistow Patricia and Billericay Dickey  to the the trendy middle classes. 

Ironically, Dury was one of the last Punk lyricists to help get rid of the traditional Victorian values in the mid 70s whilst looking like a character from a Dicken’s novel. The cover art sees Dury coyly leaned against the shop window of a seedy East End menswear shop- appropriately wearing a pair of Doc Martin’s. Next to him is his son Baxter who looks equally as confident and who would eventually go on to become a singer himself.

We have been inspired by this album and hope you will be too! Why not check out more from Al Mathews’ huge vinyl collection which we have available to purchase at TPH.co?

Below you will find Ian Dury inspired clobber which we also have available on our website!

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