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Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. There’s a distinct pleasure in seeing a respected European actress in a genre film. Some actresses have a sophistication and glamour that elevates even tawdry material. For Halloween, with its inevitable parade of horror films, Costume Party is taking a look at one of cinema’s best subgenres: The Sexy Lesbian Vampire Movie Starring a French Icon. Daughters of Darkness (Harry...
So. "Jungle Fever" is the name which the local print-tees-and-lackluster-plaids outfitter Brooklyn Industries has settled on for their 2012 Summer Collection. The new and newly emphasized shorts and cardigans are modeled by a white woman and an African-American man, looking all angsty, presumably because of society's cruel censure of their taboo desire to miscegenate sweatily and repeatedly. Does this collection's "narrative" purport to explain why this particular provocation is actually progressive? The answer, as ever...

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