I do miss being in England and regularly reading / hating / thoroughly enjoying the work of Ms Julie Burchill. Particularly in the Guardian. She is so cleverly adept at dividing her readers by being brash, subversive and thought provoking. Like this for example.
I too have been thinking how the whole vintage theme has so deeply entered the vernacular of the contemporary consumer. Julie calls this retrophilia. It has now completely lost its post-modern origins and has become instead just modern.
But a kind of cover version of someone else's modern, which is even worse. Or downright insulting to those that have experienced far more hardship than we can ever imagine, as she quite rightly points out.