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."
Dreckitude: n. The manner or disposition of representing complete and utter dreck (dreck + attitude).
Etymology: Created by noted wordsmith André Leon Talley on that televised source of neologisms, ANTM, Dreckitude is sort of a state of being when every pose, styling cue, or decision one makes is just another warmed-over cliche that makes someone with taste (say, André Leon Talley) want to puke their guts out.
Usage: "She thinks she's the business, but look at those ripped tights, teased hair, and smudged raccoon eyes. Pure dreckitude."
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