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Get This Look: Fascists

The ‘Black Shirt’

Putting the Buf(f) in British Union of Fascists, Oswald Moseley, when he wasn’t busy seducing his first wife's stepmother and sister, or taking Diana Mitford from ho to housewife, nursed the wounds of his first unsuccessful political attempts, studied up on the teachings of Benito Mussolini, and made black shirts the ultimate fascist fashion choice. Unfortunately, his groupies’ tendencies toward violence and the onset World War II cast some serious shade on his protectionist mode of thinking, and he and Mitford found themselves interred. Reports of Moseley muttering “[expletive redacted] [expletive redacted] fascists!” to his captors upon being escorted to the Holloway prison grounds are contested, but universally acknowledged as being highly ironic.

Get This Look: Nury Leather Jumpsuit by Hakan, Rockstud Leather and Lace Long Gloves by Valentino,and Alma Shearling and Leather Boots by Tory Burch

The ‘Puppet Leader’

Gay Paris was less gay and more authoritative and unequivocally “the worst” under the rule of puppet leader Philippe Petain. This one-time war hero turned veritable Nazi yes man was an innovator and wordsmith, banishing France’s motto of “Liberte, egalite, fraternite” (Liberty, equality, fraternity) in favor of the more can-do, no-nonsense “Travail, familie, patrie” (Work, family, country). Not relishing the notion that all men are created equal, Petain put down the idea of a French Republic, subbing in the notion of a French state that emphasized that all men were emphatically NOT on the level — Petain being quoted as saying (not actually), “I’m looking at you, Communists and the Jews!” Although he never explicitly voiced his support of Hitler, Petain did flee to Germany when merde got real, only to return to his homeland after the war, where he was essentially found guilty of "ruining everything." Records from his trial indicated that he escaped the death penalty only because the jury agreed that, to paraphrase, Il est vieux comme testicules. Petain was instead sentenced to spend the rest of his days on a tiny island, because that is how they roll in France. (See also: Napoleon, The Count of Monte Cristo.)

Get This Look: Sequin Beret by Juicy Couture, Jacques Vert Cameo Stand Jacket by John Lewis, Marseille Necklace by Auden, Heather Gray Cashmere Boy Shorts by Kiki De Montparnesse, and Leerar Boots by Aldo.

The ‘Nationalist’ 

Like they say, it’s not a party until something gets broken — the lifetime motto of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, who came to power during the Spanish Civil War and was the Michael Jackson of goddamn staying in power! Cutting his teeth on the Moroccan Rif war, this baby-general got a taste for quelling uprisings as he helped suppress the anarchist strikes of the 1930s. Though he demonstrated a modicum of “decency” by playing it neutral during WWII, this was mainly because his country would basically have evaporated under the strain of battle, as it was still licking its civil war wounds. Just when you thought he might be cool, Franco was all “I think this Hitler guy might be on to something,” and maintained his political supremacy through the implementation of concentration camps, censorship, and the total evisceration of anyone who might be like, “I’m not sure I agree with you, Franco.” This all led President Richard Nixon to be all, “This guy, he’s the best!” because Nixon really hated communists, and any country that Cuba hated was alllll right by Nixon.

Get This Look: Strapless Velvet Gown by Dolce and Gabbana, Aviator Style Metal and Acetate Sunglasses by Alexander Wang, Flower Skull Necklace by Alexander McQueen Red Wedge Sneakers by Chloe, and Longchamps Totes by Jeremy Scott.

 

Next Time: Get This Look: Hairdressers!

Previously: Royal Ladies.

Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn. She's an editor at Fempop, and spends a large amount of her time pretending to be a mildly evil cat on the internet.

28 Comments / Post A Comment

Megasus

OK, I absolutely love these posts. Also, I kind of need that sequined beret.

Decca

Who was the most stylish lady fascist? Diana Mosley? Leni Riefenstahl? Eva Peron?

Rebecca Stokes@facebook

@Decca that is a solo-performance cabaret waiting to be written...and then seen repeatedly, by myself.

Julia duMais

@Decca Peron's fall collection sank like a stone, if the "Banality of Eva" review from Arendt is any indication.

Maghrebi

@Decca Olivia Rossetti Agresti!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Rossetti_Agresti

Decca

@Julia duMais This might be my favourite comment ever posted anywhere on the entire internet.

theotherginger

@Decca I don't think Eva Perón was fascist since her husband was ostensibly on the left and one can be oppressive on the left as well. Esa época en Argentina vino hasta después.

evil melis

I'm very disappointed that I'm the first to post this. Very disappointed in you all.

Julia duMais

Honestly, I give you big ups for not just linking to the Hugo Boss website and calling it a day.

The Lady of Shalott

@Julia duMais I wish I could like this comment more than once.

PistolPackinMama

@Julia duMais I am with LOS. Perfect comment.

bocadelperro

@Julia duMais i think one hugo boss link would have been a nice touch, though...

Lucienne

It's true, I spent most of Downfall coveting the wool coats. How did you know?

maybe partying will help

Well, now I'm realizing that I dress like a Blackshirt pretty much all the time.

D.@twitter

@maybe partying will help Well, yeah, but so did pre-makeover Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face."

D.@twitter

Hmn. I always thought that my father's predilection for black turtlenecks was his attempt to be a French existentialist. But PERHAPS he is a British fascist? Hmnnnnnnnnnn. o_O

SarahP

I really like the belts on the dudes in the British Union of Fascists.

(And this is nit-picky, I know, but Vichy France's motto was "Travail, famille, patrie.")

Decca

@SarahP It would be better if it was "travail, famille, party".

SarahP

@Decca I think he looks like a man whose motto should just be "party, party, party."

Decca

@SarahP He was the Andrew W.K. of collaborationism.

Rebecca Stokes@facebook

@SarahP I knew I'd do that! Merde.

Bittersweet

@SarahP Especially when he was wearing those cashmere boy shorts.

Ned Schefer@facebook

@SarahP If you want a fascist (sympathizer) who could party there's none better than F.T. Marinetti: poet , philosopher, jerkhole who wrote speedfreaky Kerouacian prose before it was cool. Also debonair as fuck: http://media-1.web.britannica.com/eb-media/58/68658-050-49DA2CEE.jpg

Someone else probably knows more, but his Futurist movement loved it some social progress at all costs.

And where is grizzled old Ezra Pound? Asylum fashion plate.

PatatasBravas

1. Philippe Petain has excellent taste in hats.
2. MOTHERTRUCKING CANNIBAL FASHION IS NEXT, everything is beautiful right now.

stuffisthings

@PatatasBravas Not going to spam more pictures here, but De Gaulle -- Petain's mortal enemy (though he eventually pardoned him) -- was no slouch in the hat department either.

Anna_anna

Am I on my own in not finding this funny? I know, I know, tongue-in-cheek, satirising get-the-look etc etc etc. But... not funny.

Also this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/feb/19/kamalahmed?INTCMP=SRCH

cee
cee

@Anna_anna I am feeling pretty awkward about the fact that the joke "i can't hear you over how fat your legs look in those white tights" produces a massive fucking storm of recrimination, but mass murder in europe lolz are toooootally fine.

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