Couturious is a recently-launched website that allows one to play with paper dolls on a grand scale: instead of raggedy newsprint cutouts, you can outfit your choice of gamine, computer-generated babes in the latest pieces by Yigal Azrouel or Cynthia Rowley. Fledgling stylists, shopaholics and chronic procrastinators select from an extensive, pixillated wardrobe to experiment with proportions and color, coming up with various flattering combinations like Safari Barbi or Jetsetter. I call this look Crackhead Chic.
Crackhead Chic (CC) inherits Heroin Chic's greasy, cigarette-burned mantle: it allows those of us who prefer to eschew showers, square meals and the sun to affect the pretense of being fashionable.
The CC look was pioneered by Marigny resident Jane Stubbs in 2007. From far away, sometimes you can't tell if someone is a hipster or a crackhead, Stubbs says. It seemed like hipsters were starting to take on some of the fashion idiosyncrasies that happen when somebody is not quite in touch with reality because they are under the influence of a substance.
In CC's case, form follows function. Note my model's layered look: a staple of CC. Layering is essential when you're bone-thin and sleep-deprived; the cardigan handily doubles as a pillow when it's time to crash. A haphazard, asymmetrical updo is appropriate for panhandling or a meeting with your P.O., and skipping the shampoo for a few days only heightens its casual, just-rolled-out-of-my-inflatable-mattress appeal. Lastly, a fluffy pair of mittens keep self-mutilation at bay when the dreaded opiate itch sets in.