11.4.10

For those about to kick ass...

When taking a break from forays on some idyllic beaches I read a suitably un-idyllic book. It was one of my New Years Resolutions to attempt to read more, but this one I found particularly hard to get into. But it's like eating a pomegranate; get through the wearing first bit and then it's sooooo worth it.
This is the primary reason why the book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is so awesome: Lisbeth Salander, the heroine, a kick-ass feminist with a strict moral code and even stricter punishments for those who violate it, and more tattoos than an entire cohort of bikers. When raped by her guardian, she retaliates by tattooing a warning to any future woman on his stomach. You don't mess with her. 
She's also grunge perfection; Larsson (the author) goes into detail about the outfits of his heroine and he is very sure to paint an image entirely in black. Salander doesn't do colour, and wouldn't look out of place as the muse of Rick Owens, Rodarte or Alexander Wang. With studs, leather and biker boots galore, Salander gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'hell's angel'. 
Actually, she does ride a motorbike. 
Who knew modern literature could be so inspiring for fashion? And here was me worrying that my usual ensemble of black on black wouldn't cut it in the summer? It works for Lisbeth 24/7. Sure, she does live in Sweden, sleeps most of the day and hides in dark corners.

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