Not Velvet, still a collective Goldmine: Martin Margiela’s Waxed Pants.

July 13, 2009
Few moments in film are as memorable as Ewan McGregor’s visceral and drug-addled bounding around a stage in Velvet Goldmine. Clad in mercilessly tight leather pants Curt Wild (McGregor) delivers a performance of Wylde Ratttz’s ‘T.V. Eye’ inspired by the v. feral Iggy Pop while rather enthusiastically fondling and baring himself, all in the name of garage-rock.
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Now, I’m not saying I’ll be going to such lengths to entertain but were I to do so, I can’t possibly think of any other jeans that’d fit the bill better than these Margiela wax-coated pants. I mean, they ooze wreckless abandon and general uninhibitedness. Not quite so tight as Wild’s in the film but despite fit/material differences we’re in the same vein, here. The coral are also rather Brian Slade, don’t you think?

Oh, and they “age and disintegrate” (oki-ni‘s words) over time to give a distinctly vintage air. Not unlike the somewhat weathered Iggy himself, then.


Note: If you’re slightly perplexed as to where all these Velvet Goldmine references stemmed from, then know that Todd Haynes makes great films for rainy days. Next is Far From Heaven.

Images from oki-ni
  • EJ July 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I've not watched Velvet Goldmine for an age (it's my shameless perving film- back in the days when Jonathan Rhys Meyers was unbearably lovely). Love the wax paint jeans, I can imagine the look brilliant aged an falling apart.

  • grey July 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    the pants are very (spot on) kurt wild and are really awesome toobeen dying to do a velvet goldmine post…got me real excited 2 c urs~nice

  • Ruth July 15, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Martin Margiela rocks!Ruth @ Matches