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Scar Tissue


Have you ever had the feeling that the person you were speaking to was subtly mocking you? Maybe it was nothing tangible, just a touch of aloofness, a sense that everything was proceeding with a slight touch of irony…

Well, now you can get that feeling from a New York Times style piece.

The Gray Lady’s latest offense is about band aids as an accessory, pointing to recent offerings from Marc Jacobs and Alexandre Herchcovitch as examples—the latter recently featured at Opening Ceremony—and taking Mr. Nicholas James Brown as its unfortunate centerpiece.

Being a young, status-obsessed fashion insider (he works at Esquire), Mr. Brown wears the band-aids over unbroken skin, so as better to attract the attention of trend piece writers. Apparently it works, but it’s a shame the secret’s out so fast. Instead of seeming fashion-savvy and ahead of the trend, he just seems like a symbol of industry sycophantry and the general nervous posing that many already associate with trend-watchers.

And, by the way, some of us have real injuries.

Naturally, Opening Ceremony’s clientele does lots of things that could result in a band-aid or two, like skateboarding or putting up drywall in their lofts. And if they suffer a scratch or two, they’ve earned the right to dress the wound with something that looks like the cover of an M.I.A. album. As for Mr. Brown, if he wants to put those band-aids to good use, he should try getting his hands dirty.