Style counsel: The politics of preppie
Vampire Weekend have been mocked for their preppy look, but they’re only following a well-worn path that goes back to
circa 1977 and all the way back to the
of the 1960s.
“We watched Control together, and we kind of realised that dressed pretty similarly to us, but nobody ever accused Joy Division of being preppy,” says Ezra Koenig.
Still, some rock fans feel that
and have no place in the mosh-pit. But what could be more rebellious than counfounding expectations of how a rock band should dress?
“I think sometimes it confuses people, because they think that if we dress
then it means this and this and this. Not necessarily. When you come to our shows, it’s not like the entire front row is dressed like the cover of the album. We get all sorts of different people.
“The reason why I’ve always gravitated towards preppy clothes is because I liked how they looked –
IAnd I’ve also always been interested in the semantics and the history of clothes. A brand like Ralph Lauren has an interesting history, and it means different things to different people. I try not to have a knee-jerk reaction to anything I know some people would have a knee-jerk reaction to someone wearing a band to be kind of like performing for them, so even somebody who doesn’t dress that themselves, they still want their bands to be grungy. You know, it’s like some businessman being into rap and getting angry that
doesn’t wear like huge jeans and jerseys anymore. You can’t expect a band to look a certain way. So in that regard