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Nine New Fashion Catchphrases You Need To Know

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As we've said before, sometimes hanging around fashion people or browsing fashion websites and forums can make you wonder if everyone involved is speaking in some strange alien language. Don't worry, only a small percentage of fashion professionals are actually from Neptune, and, more to the point, the words they're using are actually far easier to understand than you might think. Here's an updated list of fashion catchphrases to memorize and use next time you're surrounded by these extraterrestrial creatures.
Zoolander Effect: n. Shorthand for the pronounced tendency for members of fashion's elite to cross the lines of political correctness or common decency without even noticing.
Etymology: Coined, as far as we can tell, by a recent article on the Foreign Policy Magazine website, the "Zoolander Effect" has been used to describe media firestorms created by politically incorrect gestures by Rodarte, Vogue , Kenneth Cole, and many, many others.
Usage: "When the designer said she was channeling Muammar Gaddafi's personal style for her latest runway collection, we could tell she had succumbed to the Zoolander Effect."
Galliano-no: n. A slip-up resulting in a lapse of judgment or reasoning that can destroy an otherwise respected reputation.
Etymology: Bubbling up from the fashion blogs, think of this as a more extreme version of the "Zoolander Effect"—a sort of Black Swan theory of foot-in-mouth disease where a single moment poisons all that came before and after it relative to an individual's history.
Usage: "His tequila-fueled Galliano-no not only lost him his Creative Director job, it also cost him half his Facebook friends and his invitation to hang out with Prince."
NAGL: abbreviation for "Not A Good Look"
Etymology: A necessary shortening brought on by texting and online commenting, NAGL has been very popular on personal style websites where ugly-ass people with bad taste try to front like they're hot and stuff and not-so-subtle commenters have to put them in their place.
Usage: "Ugh, green tights with an orange tutu and a bra for a top? NAGL! Unsee! Unsee!"
Man Repeller: n. A fashion look that is sure to scare away prospective mates.
Etymology: Coined late last decade and popularized by one of our favorite bloggers, The Man Repeller, this term refers to all those kooky, fashion-forward, or daring things you might love wearing but he would rather see thrown in the incinerator along with your OshKosk overalls, cork-heeled clogs, and, yes, nerdy glasses. No fair.
Usage: "Sure, those super-woolly chaps you picked up at Project No. 8 are totally awesome… man repeller status!"
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