[Ads-l] "trikini" as WOTY candidate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 19 20:40:54 UTC 2020

> On May 19, 2020, at 4:30 PM, Mark Mandel <markamandel at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> I tried the *People* and ABC News links that Lawrence provided. ABC
> produced an error message, "This page either does not exist or is currently
> unavailable”,

True enough; it was apparently taken down. But the People piece is still available for clicking.  And here’s one from the New York Post 
with the very same paisley pattern and the very same nod to the wonderfully yclept Italian designer, Tiziana Scaramuzzo.  No wet suit involved.


> but also a search field. So I searched ABC News for "trikini"
> and found the  article on a different webpage,
> https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Style/designer-launches-trikini-beachwear-design-complete-matching-bikini/story
> (compare the earlier link,
> https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/style/story/designer-launches-trikini-beachwear-design-complete-matching-bikini-70657609
> )
> with the title "Designer launches 'trikini' beachwear design, complete with
> matching bikini and mask set."
> It included a 44-second video. But the video, for which I couldn't find a
> separate URL, isn't about any kind of trikini. It's statically captioned on
> the page, "The facekini is the bizarre beauty beach trend that has us in
> awe". (The caption appears on the page as part of an image; I opened the
> HTML to copy this.) And the facekini, as far as this video is concerned,
> isn't a bikini or bikini-plus at all, but a full-head plastic mask, with no
> matching bodywear except in the last scene, where it matches a full-body
> wet suit. The sound track is music, no speech, but each static scene except
> the introductory moving sequence has a caption. According to these, the
> facekini is "a stylish and protective face mask popular in China" and is
> "the new trend that will shield your face from the sun".
> Mark Mandel
> On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 9:53 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>> and eventually least likely to succeed, but still...
>> https://people.com/style/trikini-is-bikini-with-matching-face-mask/
>> https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Style/designer-launches-trikini-beachwear-design-complete-matching-bikini/story
>> The Xkini reanalysis itself is old hat, as it were, dating back to Rudi
>> Gernreich's late, (un)lamented "monokini" from 1964,
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monokini.  But "trikini" is, I'm pretty
>> sure,
>> brand-new for the season.
>> LH
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