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Is the decade of glamor and luxury over? Did the economic crash kill it? watch

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    The last decade or so was a marked decade of everything being about luxury, glamor, royal families, socialites, the rich, bankers, Dubai? Every college student wanted to be a banker or consultant. Every rapper traded in their Dickies and Chucks for Gucci shoes and Armani jeans. Punk chicks were attending fashion shows and sporting Louis Vutton bags. Grunge, Gen X, slacker generation and punk were officially dead. Yuppie greed came back with a vengeance.

    Being anti-establishment, anti-monarch, anti-Wall Street was seen as being vulgar and crass. If anyone hinted that the economy was unstable. you were called anti-growth and a pessimist.

    Every rom com movie was about a yuppie living in NY or LA and having a bad day. Then there was Sex and the City!


    I hope those days never return.
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    I thought the last decade (or so) was about advertising, property and banking; in short: how to sell and how to buy; how to make money.

    I think it was only glamour and luxury for those who could afford them.
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    Of course but it seemed like everyone wanted that life.
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    (Original post by TimeDivided09)
    The last decade or so was a marked decade of everything being about luxury, glamor, royal families, socialites, the rich, bankers, Dubai? Every college student wanted to be a banker or consultant. Every rapper traded in their Dickies and Chucks for Gucci shoes and Armani jeans. Punk chicks were attending fashion shows and sporting Louis Vutton bags. Grunge, Gen X, slacker generation and punk were officially dead. Yuppie greed came back with a vengeance.

    I hope those days never return.
    They still are. Check Wretch 32, Scorcher, Krept, Konan, nearly every London rapper that's still on the block, every American rapper... just today I saw Joey Jihad's new music video about Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.
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    (Original post by 4WhenImBanned)
    They still are. Check Wretch 32, Scorcher, Krept, Konan, nearly every London rapper that's still on the block, every American rapper... just today I saw Joey Jihad's new music video about Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.
    Yeah I know. Its not like that's going to die anytime soon but I am glad most of the whole going to Dubai, becoming an I-banker, and socialite madness that infect college students is waning.

    I hope college students go back to actually using their creative talents toward alleviating global problems.
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    The decades of glamour ended in 1960...
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    (Original post by The Socialite)
    The decades of glamour ended in 1960...

    ...and came back full force in the last decade. It was more style than substance (more class and privilege than actual fashion).
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    That was not the decade of glamor and luxury. lol. Trust me, compared to the post depression years and post McArthy era, this is nothing.
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    I want the sixties back - a healthy economy, this country on top of it's game in terms of manufacturing and design, glamour, the music!. Ark. I wish I was around then.
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    Of course it's not dead. The rich haven't suddenly lost all their money. If I, a student without a job, can still afford Louis Vuitton and Gucci, then plenty of people still can. It's only the poor that were majorly affected by it, wealthy people have pretty much sailed on as normal.

    I love these days of consumerism, may they never end.
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    Well maybe glamor wasn't the right word.....

    I meant luxury for the sake of being elitist. The emphasis was on class, socialites, I-banking, designer clothes, etc. without the free spirit of the 60s. It was more about elitism.

    I better change the title of the thread to that.

    Secondly, the era reminded me of the roaring twenties before the crash of '29.
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    (Original post by Mr Sparkles)
    Of course it's not dead. The rich haven't suddenly lost all their money. If I, a student without a job, can still afford Louis Vuitton and Gucci, then plenty of people still can. It's only the poor that were majorly affected by it, wealthy people have pretty much sailed on as normal.

    I love these days of consumerism, may they never end.
    Gross. I guess it has more to do with the way most of the wealthy made their money during the time (financial schemes) and the giant PR campaign to keep the good times rolling in the media.

    It was a short era where it was "cool" to be pro-establishment and bourgeois.
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    (Original post by TimeDivided09)
    ...and came back full force in the last decade. It was more style than substance (more class and privilege than actual fashion).
    Well, I hanker after the time where women dressed beautifully, not tartily, went to piano bars and had intelligent conversation with men in smoky haze...

    Throwing yourself around drunkenly to the likes of JLS while some ugly bloke tries you feel you up on the dancefloor isn't my idea of fun, or glamour.

    Although the sixties had a certain kind of glamour too, swinging and lounge music...god, I so wish I lived back then!
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    (Original post by TimeDivided09)
    Gross. I guess it has more to do with the way most of the wealthy made their money during the time (financial schemes) and the giant PR campaign to keep the good times rolling in the media.

    It was a short era where it was "cool" to be pro-establishment and bourgeois.
    Yes, I certainly hope it doesn't become cool to be anti-establishment again. It does my head in having to hear people moan about equality.
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    Well, I hanker after the time where women dressed beautifully, not tartily, went to piano bars and had intelligent conversation with men in smoky haze...
    Oh yeah that was true glamor. I don't mind that. The 60s were a rebellion but also one searching for a better world. It was a great time. The period of the late 50s to the early 70s was one of anti-establishment values. Everything from art, music to fashion reflected that.

    Today though it's simply just about being better than someone else and acting elitist. It's about crass materialism ala Gossip Girl or Paris Hilton. It's truly vulgar.

    Originally Posted by Mr Sparkles
    Yes, I certainly hope it doesn't become cool to be anti-establishment again. It does my head in having to hear people moan about equality.
    Exhibit A, people. Exhibit A.
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    (Original post by Mr Sparkles)
    Yes, I certainly hope it doesn't become cool to be anti-establishment again. It does my head in having to hear people moan about equality.
    But Mr. Sparkles, it was hollow. No real depth. All you had to do was be rich and boom you were in the know.

    Plus it was all a PR scam in my opinion. Oligarchs in Russia siphoned their money from the public enterprises that used to benefit the people.

    Wall Street gamblers played the stock market like a casino and bankers supplied the game with their complex financial schemes.

    Dubai was a big bubble waiting to burst and underneath the curtains was a vast army of South Asian slaves constructing luxurious hotels and islands leveraged to the tee.

    Wealth was concentrated into the hands of the very few unlike ever before seen since the turn of the last century!

    All this was a good thing since you dislike it when people talk about things like equality and an economic system that doesn't just benefit those at the very top?

    Shame.
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    (Original post by TimeDivided09)
    But Mr. Sparkles, it was hollow. No real depth. All you had to do was be rich and boom you were in the know.

    Plus it was all a PR scam in my opinion. Oligarchs in Russia siphoned their money from the public enterprises that used to benefit the people.

    Wall Street gamblers played the stock market like a casino and bankers supplied the game with their complex financial schemes.

    Dubai was a big bubble waiting to burst and underneath the curtains was a vast army of South Asian slaves constructing luxurious hotels and islands leveraged to the tee.

    Wealth was concentrated into the hands of the very few unlike ever before seen since the turn of the last century!

    All this was a good thing since you dislike it when people talk about things like equality and an economic system that doesn't just benefit those at the very top?

    Shame.
    Yes. Like many people, I only care about my own welfare - so I'd prefer whichever economic system benefits the top 2% or so, and this decade seemed to do OK on that point.
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    (Original post by Benjybh)
    I want the sixties back - a healthy economy, this country on top of it's game in terms of manufacturing and design, glamour, the music!. Ark. I wish I was around then.
    Much as there was a lot of progress in the 60s, would I want to live with:
    1) Institutionalised and open racism (e.g. being banned from shops/pubs because of the colour of your skin)
    2) Homosexuality criminalised
    3) Smogs the like of which people were dying from
    4) People smoking like coal-burning factories
    5) Coal-burning power stations in urban areas
    6) No internet
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    (Original post by TimeDivided09)
    Oh yeah that was true glamor. I don't mind that. The 60s were a rebellion but also one searching for a better world. It was a great time. The period of the late 50s to the early 70s was one of anti-establishment values. Everything from art, music to fashion reflected that.

    Today though it's simply just about being better than someone else and acting elitist. It's about crass materialism ala Gossip Girl or Paris Hilton. It's truly vulgar.
    Exactly - the noughties was the decade that made Jade Goody a millionnaire. Glamour? I think not.
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    i'm so madly disgusted with aspects of our way of life that i'm passed the point of hating it (lady gaga is a prime example, i mean why the flip does she exist?)
 
 
 
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