have you ever visited the abercrombie and fitch store here in nyc? i went in the 5th avenue store for the first time this past weekend. i have some friends in town visiting and i have been doing the tourist thing. (i've not been around to peep in and see what you're up to, i plan to catch up when my peeps are gone:) when walking up 5th avenue my interest usually is in visiting st. patrick's cathedral. it's really beautiful. but my friends wanted to buy a few things in a&f so we went in. i normally walk right by as they often have half naked men standing at the door, that really do look like the above photo. i always (as i did when i went in) feel embarrased. i feel embarrased to look. it was all a bit much for me and i did not enjoy it at all. in case you don't know the story, the shop sells classic casual clothes, but the thing is all who work there are model-like and half dressed. it's like a disco with clothes all around. the lights are low and the music is pumping. i was thinking 2 things. one, get me out of here. and 2, does your mother know what you are doing...
yesterday while watching david letterman on television he shared the new cover shot of the sports illustrated swim suit edition. again i was embarrassed all over again. and i have to ask myself is this all really too much? and how old am i that i can no longer look at 'attractive models?'
but i think it's about something else. of course it is about s**, but i think i miss a day or two when things were advertised with a bit more creativity as well as beauty. things were so pretty or lovely, they made you blush and want to have them. this stuff shares nothing for the heart, only the groins i guess.
still it's all too much at the risk of sounding and seeming and being prudish.
(if these photos have offended you, i apologise, that wasn't my intention. i only wanted to make a point.)