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Somehow I always manage to avoid using it in terms of people or fashion. But it's a great catch-all term for voicing approval (of songs, movies, operas, novels, whatever :p). I think that same approval, when applied to people (and the way they wear it), must extend over a certain portion of their personalities, as well, which is where things get so tricky. It's probably best when the two are somewhat congruous, and a smidgen of enviability can't hurt...

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i use it for things that have a bit of an 'edge'...
or have an alternative point of view from the mainstream...
things that make you go ..hmmm...
or things that make you go......
and especially things that make you go.....

* it is often somehow rock n roll...

what makes a PERSON cool?...
i think that question belongs in heart and soul...:p...
so i won't attempt to answer that in the personal style section...

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I agree with confidence, intelligence and so on.

but I think there is also a dark side to or of 'cool'. Like some really dashing but self destrutive and unhappy persons just seem to be the very epitomes of cool. i.e. James Dean. maybe it's a question of intensity of living wether in a positive or negative way. hmm I am too tired to think this out now....
of course I have never met James Dean, but what I have seen of him, in his movies and documentarys about him, I would never qualify him as 'cool' more as beautiful, romantic, special, just like, for example, Jeff Buckley.

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I use the word "cool" instead of great or nice... :-) There are no personal / characteristic background feelings that influece the use of cool...

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I totaly agree about Carine Roitfeld, twilight fairy. She always manages to look like she put absolutely no thought into her outfit, but at the same time you can tell that there was. She mixes pieces with a kind of quirky sensibility, but the outcome doesn't look quirky, just effortlessly chic.







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definatley carine!

i think what is cool is not universal - it is what an indivividual person sees in someone else or something else that they conciously would like to pull off... therefore it can have something to do with confidence as confident people are more likely to pull off looks/ attitude than people fidgeting and looking selfconcious.

Cool is usually seen to be edgy or a bit removed from mainstream society (or something that really belongs, in a way that an outsider would want to emulate) but it doesnt need to be totally 'trendy' which is a completely different thing all together....

i think also recognising something is cool is the hope of being able to pull off that attitude/ look and to be looked up to in the way that you yourself did when you first looked at it.

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Whenever I think 'cool,' I think people that always have a strong presence even when they are by themselves.
They kind of give a weird aloof/intelligent or strong/tough/rebel vibe
It always has to be a combination of appearance and personality.

as fashion it's kind of like this (must have the face too)...

james dean

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carrie-ann moss in the matrix

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rebecca romijin stamos in x-men

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anouck lepere, like in the hugo boss commercial she was in with julien hedquist

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I guess it's like a lot of black/dark colours and shine... maybe leather or suede
I remember watching Blade 1 a long time ago and thinking the vampires in the underground nightclub (the meathouse turned into a nightclub) looked cool, especially this one really tall girl vampire who had platinum blond hair. You only see her for a few seconds and she pushes some guy out of her way so she can dance with a girl

I guess I can only think of James Dean as the only cool guy
unless it's those characters from Japanese video games.
Like Seifer Almasy from Final Fantasy VIII

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^but!! 'cool' is not the same as 'stylish'

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Yes, James Dean, for me anyway, is the absolute epitome of male cool.

It was that mix of toughness, beauty, vulnerability and charisma that made him so legendary.

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^ Hell yes.

Cool is relative. My definition is different than others, and vice versa. I would say trying to fit in is a cop out from finding your own niche. Others would say the opposite, most likely while wearing A&F shirts and such.

When these two worlds collide, the difference of opinion can sometimes get hot, such as in the Outsiders.



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I automatically though of Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article on coolhunting:
http://www.gladwell.com/1997/1997_03_17_a_cool.htm

The general conclusion is that cool more about innovation and standing apart from your peers, and less about a certain look. So you could wear Hush Puppies and be cool, but wear Dior Homme and not . . .


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wow-i remember reading that article when it came out...
i think i saved it too...

but a hard copy...:p

i can't believe it's been almost 10 years since that was written......
i have wondered whatever became of the people featured in the article...
what are they doing now...??
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A recent article I found on Baysie Wightman!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14492800/
So she went from researching what people respond to on a societal level to what they respond to on a biological level.
I actually stumbled across this article at work (I do neuroimaging research).
Haven't got any idea about DeeDee Gordon though.

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OMG....thanks!....

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