A few hours before the Nine Inch Nails concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday, I was at the gym thinking, “I guess I’ll just wear my Damien Hirst skull t-shirt and jeans AGAIN.” I wear that combination a lot.
Then Madonna’s 1984 “Lucky Star” video came on the music-video station I was watching as I plodded along on the elliptical machine.
I thought, “Wow, I still love this look — all black with a net top.”
In fact, I love that look so much that I got a net jacket earlier this year in a fit of ’80s nostalgia. I’ve been wearing it nonstop for the past two months, but haven’t managed to get it into any outfit photos. Realizing that made me decide on a new concert outfit.
What Wendy Wore to Nine Inch Nails
Shearling vest: Stacy Lomman (2012)
Net jacket: God Save LA (2013)
Shorts: JC de Castelbajac (2013)
Tights: Mysterious footless Danskins
Boots: Fiorentini + Baker (2013)
I wasn’t sure how those tights appeared in my drawer. I have no memory of buying them. Maybe they were from a long-ago fashion-week gift bag? They made me think of “The Interloper” bra in the highlarious “Bras we have known” comic, asking, “Where am I?! Who am I?!!”
Here’s a better look at the net jacket.
You might not think that a jacket full of holes would be very useful, but you’d be wrong. I’ve found that all kinds of coverings that seem impractical — such as short-sleeved jackets or sleeveless shearling vests with hoods — often provide exactly the amount of warmth needed. Strange but true! If you want your own net jacket, you can still get one at Kitson, where they come in black and white. My shearling vest is no longer available, but this fleecy gray vest by Splendid has a bit of its vibe. Meanwhile, if you get a chance to see Nine Inch Nails, I recommend taking it. Great show!
This is my best shot of Trent Reznor.
And here are 15 seconds of “Head Like a Hole.”
Click here for a longer clip of NIN’s hypnotic light show. I keep staring at it and going into trances. Hopefully, no one comes along and tells me to cluck like a chicken while I’m doing that!