Sure, we could (and do) talk endlessly about the clothes we love, but for our column Line Item, we ask some of our favorite designers to tell us what they think about the best pieces from their newest collections. Today, Erin Magee of MadeMe tells us about the Slutz Crop Top
First and foremost: I TOTALLY EAT POTATO CHIPS. I love them morning, noon and night. But, more than that really, the idea behind the Slutz graphic comes from Riot Grrrl and feminist punk zines of the ’90s. The whole DIY humorous aesthetics of zine art is frequently a place of inspiration for my designs. When I made the Slutz top, I knew that most people wouldn’t take it from the feminist perspective I intended. It’s meant to be a small attempt at challenging traditional female roles, but still humorous, just like the zines themselves. The message should provoke questions like, why is it negative that women like to have a lot of sex? And why aren’t boys called sluts? VFILES asked me to exclusively re-release the Slutz Crop Top, which is so ’90s, for the summer. As a matter of fact, the entire MadeMe spring line was inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement, so last week’s VFILES event with Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill was a TOTAL must do for me.
But hey, if you get it because you just like potato chips, then that’s cool too.