Another Reason Why I Like Waris

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled, “Metrosexual Murdabad!” Although I gained the ire of some commenters, I think amongst the Langar-ites, the ‘metrosexual’ trend is not the preference.

Waris Ahluwalia, of Inside Man fame and a sort of favorite in The Langar Hall — see here and here — made the following comments:waris.jpg

Waris Ahluwalia has been wearing makeup for about ten years, he told us last night at Chanel’s Tribeca Film Festival Party at the Greenwich Hotel. “I’m only telling you this because it’s New York Magazine, but I’m actually 68,” he quipped (he’s not, he’s in his thirties). We asked if his friends would be into man makeup, like Jean Paul Gaultier‘s new male cosmetics line, Monsieur. “No, no. I stopped hanging out with the theater group a long time ago,” he said. Oh, har! Ahluwalia also shuns the men-in-tight-pants trend. “I love trends,” he said. “Doesn’t mean I have to follow it.” Other trends Ahluwalia dislikes include the overusage of words like “bespoke” and “luxury.” “Everyone just calls things that. Bespoke olive oil?” he said. “I saw an ad in Wired for the new Acura. That ad was four lines, and they said ‘luxury’ fives times.” [link]

While bespeaking for Waris’ and our readers’ patience may be a luxury I can ill-afford as I write this sentence, still I am pleased that our turbaned Sikh Mr. Waris Ahluwalia seconds my thoughts on the ‘metrosexual’ trend. (Ok there really wasn’t a purpose for that last sentence other than I was looking to use ‘bespoke’ (or ‘bespeak’ in the present) and ‘luxury’ in the same line. Happy Monday!


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16 Responses to “Another Reason Why I Like Waris”

  1. Sundari says:

    Jodha, I don't know if I'm more impressed with the fact that you read the fashion section of NY Magazine or your present tense use of bespoke…

  2. Jodha says:

    Haha, good point. I cheated….Google News.

  3. Jodha says:

    for the article that is….

  4. Sundari says:

    Jodha, I don’t know if I’m more impressed with the fact that you read the fashion section of NY Magazine or your present tense use of bespoke…

  5. Jodha says:

    Haha, good point. I cheated….Google News.

  6. Jodha says:

    for the article that is….

  7. Camille says:

    I had actually wanted to comment on the metro thread and say, as an aside, that I think a lot of the metro-backlash is also rooted in a hypermasculinization of male identity, which plays into concepts of gender normativity. I understand the backlash against "luxury" items, but if homeboy wants a manicure, I think it should be ok to get one without it being so "feminized" that it is seen as weak, over the top, etc.

    Just my $1.50. :)

  8. Camille says:

    I had actually wanted to comment on the metro thread and say, as an aside, that I think a lot of the metro-backlash is also rooted in a hypermasculinization of male identity, which plays into concepts of gender normativity. I understand the backlash against “luxury” items, but if homeboy wants a manicure, I think it should be ok to get one without it being so “feminized” that it is seen as weak, over the top, etc.

    Just my $1.50. :)

  9. Jodha says:

    Camille: You may be right about gender normativity. Thus in my posts I have tried to avoid that type of language. However, I still believe that the homeboy that wants a manicure is lame.

  10. Jodha says:

    Camille: You may be right about gender normativity. Thus in my posts I have tried to avoid that type of language. However, I still believe that the homeboy that wants a manicure is lame.

  11. Camille says:

    Jodha, why do you feel the manicure-prone homeboy is lame? Is it because manicures are, per se, lame, or because specifically a GUY getting a manicure is lame?

    I guess my underlying point is that our ideas of normativity may be more entrenched than we realize, and it's sometimes hard to parse out what is bothersome, you know? There may be no malicious intent, but there are certainly concepts that feed into dominant ideas of what it means to be masculine/feminine, and why that is/isn't valuable.

  12. Camille says:

    Jodha, why do you feel the manicure-prone homeboy is lame? Is it because manicures are, per se, lame, or because specifically a GUY getting a manicure is lame?

    I guess my underlying point is that our ideas of normativity may be more entrenched than we realize, and it’s sometimes hard to parse out what is bothersome, you know? There may be no malicious intent, but there are certainly concepts that feed into dominant ideas of what it means to be masculine/feminine, and why that is/isn’t valuable.

  13. Stephanie says:

    Its a growing trend. My boyfriend wears the nicest threads, he spends a good deal of time getting ready, shops from metrosexualman.co.uk and really looks after himself.
    I'm happy that he takes such good care of himeself. Not so happy that he sometimes looks better than me!lol

  14. Stephanie says:

    Its a growing trend. My boyfriend wears the nicest threads, he spends a good deal of time getting ready, shops from metrosexualman.co.uk and really looks after himself.
    I’m happy that he takes such good care of himeself. Not so happy that he sometimes looks better than me!lol

  15. Navjeet Singh says:

    Hi, everybody out there. If you wanna know more about Waris Ahluwalia , I have got a site here. It also has some pics of his designs.

  16. Navjeet Singh says:

    Hi, everybody out there. If you wanna know more about Waris Ahluwalia , I have got a site here. It also has some pics of his designs.