When the keffiyeh first become a popular trend on the "scene", I made a promise to myself not to wear one. Not only because of its associations with sleazy hipsters of all forms, but because I am Jewish and I know some people find them anti-semitic. I personally do not find them offensive, but I don't think it's cool to ignore the feelings of your own ethnic group just so you can wear a passing fad. But with last fall's Balenciaga collection, it became harder and harder to ignore.
I finally caved and bought this from a street vendor for ten dollars, justifying that the pattern was nothing like that of a traditional keffiyeh. But even at that, they're just so...done already! In spite of that, if I were to wear it (and this should illustrate the slow progress of my little city for you) I would still be one of the first. The girls around here do read fashion rags like Nylon, but they rarely practice many trends outside that of the skinny jean. They're still wearing pointy-toed stilettos here. I feel like a lazy fashion blogger and a sellout.