In distress

The designer jeans industry
Soon the fashionistas will fashion a new craze to replace the craze for distressed jeans. I imagine pants modeled after tuxedo trousers: black with a black satin stripe down the sides and with neat undistressed pockets, knees, hems and rears.

Distressed jeans, I hear you saying, have been on the market for years, and you, M.E.M., are only now commenting on them? All right: It may be the tail end or butt end, if you will, of this obsession, but the topic still invites theological comment.

What moves me to take up such a theological theme is the brand name of one distressed-jeans maker: “True Religion.” Other brand names also suggest relevance to religion: “Sacred Blue” and “People for Peace.” The devotion, the ultimate concern, shown for these jeans invites comment.


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