R.R. Memorandum Blog

Media representation and its development of personal tools for defending our choice to wear EGL: Part I – ANTM and Kamikaze Girls

Posted by Katherine Rose on

It is profoundly difficult to appear different in a world that demands us to all be the same and confirm to certain standards or aesthetics of being. Even in a world where there is more representation of non-traditionally normative lifestyles and subcultures in the media than ever, it is still hard to live a life in which we look a way that is different from those around us: especially if looking different is a choice we have personally made. As fanciers and wearers of EGL fashion, we are acutely aware of this fact. The jeers and intolerance of those who see us as ‘other’, even in 2020, are ever present. There are still relatively few pieces of media that truly work to help explain and describe the fashion that we love. That is why we have decided to dedicate a couple of blog posts here at R.R. Memorandum to discussing some immensely powerful EGL-based media.

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An Interview with a Vampire? I Mean…Kiiiiinda? A chat with Lou Graves

Posted by Katherine Rose on

There are few more inspiring and more dapperly dressed individuals than Mr. Lou Graves. I can say this confidently (though perhaps slightly biasedly) because I am lucky enough to call this kind and wonderful person a friend. We sat down, two slightly (or very) overdressed individuals with nowhere to actually go, to have a quick chat via facetime, Lou smiling that devilish smile of his as he poured himself another cup of tea from his slightly ridiculous but incredibly useful teapot-shaped thermos.

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‘Oh no! It’s the Outfit Police!’: Constructive Criticism Perfection vs Imperfect Authenticity

Posted by Katherine Rose on

I think modern lolita fashion rules turned this fashion perfect. Perfectly rotten. I’m a bit salty about it, sometimes, to be honest. 
There, I said it. 
I really don’t mean to offend or unnerve at all. But hear me out here, people…hear me out.

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A Few Thoughts on Musical Influence on the EGL Fashion Movement

Posted by Katherine Rose on

In Western subcultural practice, there seems to be a consistent trend of having music, or some form of media, fuelling the spirit of the movement, as well as archetypal ideas of overall aesthetic within the movement. There is confusion or disconnect, therefore, between Western perceptions of subcultural activities in the East, that these must function in exactly the same way: that the fashion movement and spirit of EGL must have been born from the music. This is not necessarily completely true: this notion must be looked at from a variety of angles to understand music and musical performance’s relation to EGL fashion subculture as a whole.

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Reclaiming the Movement – EGL Sustainability Focus

Posted by Katherine Rose on

In the veins of the brand is a spirit that revels in a radical and revolutionary way of life, and a striving towards creating change. A priority within the vision of R. R. Memorandum has therefore always been sustainability. These last couple of years have seen an awakening of wider society to the damaging effect of fast fashion, mass production and the toxic cycle of consumer culture (buy – use – break – throw away – buy). 

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