Today the Times wrote about bandages as hot new fashion accessories. First we thought, no way, Nelly’s one-eyed bandage trend from 2002 could not have made its way up from the rap world to high fashion. But we were wooed to change our minds when we saw what Alexandre Herchcovitch designed for the Band-Aid brand. In fact, 120 of his $10 boxes sold out of within a week at Opening Ceremony. And why the demand? Because people are wearing them just to wear them — without getting scrapes or loading up on Neosporin.
“It’s kind of like a temporary tattoo that gets you sympathy,” Chris Bick, the owner of FredFlare.com, told the Times. (His site sells bacon, lips, pirate, and unicorn bandages, just to name a few.) We’re not quite buying it yet. Like, every time we see Bai Ling on the red carpet with her statement bandages, we kinda want to rip them off (fast, and so they hurt). The last one we saw her wearing was said “Love more love for humanity” on July 23. We mean, we love the idea of what she wrote — we see it on charm bracelets and printed tees all the time — but are your legs really place for them? It just looks peculiar.
But we’re not against the Band-Aids themselves. In fact, we’d prefer to use these designer items to “decorate” ourselves instead of cover up in tearful moments where you actually get cut. Woe are we to think we have a stack of plain ones in our desk (for those tricky scissors situations) when we could be soothing our paper cuts with a Herchcovitch! But wearing them just for the sake of wearing them? Now that just seems like a bloody cop-out. —Sharon Clott