A New Writer Offers A New Look At The NYIAS

by Ur-Turn
a new writer offers a new look at the nyias

This week we introduce another TTAC commenter-turned-contributor, Cameron Miquelon — JB

Good morning gentlemen. My name is Cameron Miquelon, and I’m an independent fashion blogger from Louisville, Kentucky; my blog’s name is 33 avenue Miquelon, if you’re curious to check it out.

That being said, I’m also a car geek, which is why I’m here.

First off, I can’t tell you how much cargo room (in dimensional terms) the trunk of a Camaro can hold — even if the opening of said trunk is deceptively small in comparison with its deck lid. Nor could I tell you anything about how well a car of any sort does on the drag strip, the ‘Ring, or the local shopping mall. Hell, I’ve yet to even own my very first car, and I’m in the process of relearning how to drive at the age of 33 so I can get my license back after foolishly giving it up upon moving to Washington State from Kansas years ago. Maybe I’ll write about this adventure for TTAC in the future.

However, what I can tell you about is style. Fashion and the automobile have been hanging out with each other since the first flapper stepped out of a Ford Model A back in the 1920s. Sometimes it works — any Bugatti that’s not a Veyron, Dusenberg or Talbot comes to mind — and sometimes it misses; AMC and Oleg Cassini, for example. Either way, both examples still have that certain zazz that a lot of today’s vehicles lack. And no, silver paint will not make it any better, I’m afraid.

I can also tell you that there are people who view cars differently. They use adjectives like “cute” and “pretty.” They see cars not as appliances per se, but as accessories, as reflections of their own style. Maybe they’re into tech, or they want to be more “eco-conscience.” Maybe both. They could even be “ironic” in their love of minivans, if the album cover of “El Camino” by The Black Keys is anything to go by.

These people aren’t necessarily women, by the way.

This is what I hope to bring to you in the coming months (aside from the aforementioned attempt to drive again): How those who aren’t as car crazy as you or I view cars in terms of style, colour, needs and wants, et al. I also hope to show you how the fashion world interacts with the automotive world, and vice versa; Mercedes-Benz, for example, owns the naming rights for the fashion weeks in New York, Milan, London and Berlin. And of course, Prada’s Summer/Spring 2012 Collection features influences from Biletproof, including high heels with flames. Really.

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Remember a while back when Derek mentioned how car fanatics — like Mormons, moms and fashionistas — had taken to Pinterest to show the world their favourite machines via a virtual corkboard? Well, there’s “pinning” photos, and then there’s making fashionable collages with them through the world of Polyvore.

A few months back, I took to my Polyvore account to create tributes/interpretations to some of the latest and greatest that made their way down the ramp during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, then posted the results on my fashion blog. This time, I figured I would do it again for all of you, this time with some of the latest and greatest from the recent New York International Auto Show.

Let’s begin with the SRT Viper. What I wanted to do here was to create an outfit based on the supercar’s overall homicidal attitude while picturing the kind of woman who would embody this, one who, in the words of Lady Caroline Lamb to describe George Gordon Byron, would be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” The leather pants and ripped shirt are from Balmain, the boots are Valentino (for that Italian specialness), and the bracelet from the late Alexander McQueen — a man who came pretty close to living up to Lady Caroline’s words — should be enough to let you know that even if you show respect and deference to the Viper, you’ll probably come away burned… if you’re lucky.

From one snake to another, here is my interpretation of the Shelby 1000. Here, I imagined someone who could’ve been “the girl next door,” but with some added zazz — not that the 1000 is a sleeper, of course. The only hint that this person is just a bit different would be the cobra earrings and the snakeskin Hermès watch, while the Converse sneakers tell you that this one’s definitely all-American.

The Fisker Atlantic. A four-door extended-range EV with a price tag of $50,000 USD and… not much else at the moment. For this interpretation, I focused mainly on the tangerine colour of the body. Couldn’t find a shiny, sparkly dress, but I did find a mustache ring to add some fun. I couldn’t tell you the person who would wear this outfit off-hand, but I’ll presume it to be someone who could be a fan of technology, and a lover of Tom Selleck.

Finally, you could call this the Mad Men interpretation of the 2014 Chevy Impala: Navy top, black pencil skirt, silver shoes, and a chunky watch. Conservative, a hint of glamour, and ready for the office, the new Impala — and its equally styled driver — will be sure to dazzle the mall parking lot for a few years to come. At least until the driver buys a Lexus, anyway.

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  • R H R H on Apr 16, 2012

    I am lost in this article, although I'll have to re-read it to comprehend it. I don't have much fashion sense (beige slacks + one of 3-color button-ups for work), but I'd love to read a write-up of your 'learning-to-drive' experience as an adult! Proposal: One write-up of "learning to drive". A 2nd write-up of learning to drive stick. I'd love to see this from an adult perspective.

  • Ruinedeffigy Ruinedeffigy on Apr 16, 2012

    Regardless of how you feel about the article and the context, one thing is certain here: This is the kind of innovation every blog needs. Even if it isn't accepted whole-heatedly, it certainly brings to light the different individuals and their enthusiasms that all have one common interest: Cars. How one individuals portray's their adoration of vehicles to another's is exactly how people connect and the community grows. I am glad to see this article on top of my RSS feed. That being said, the article is a little hard to follow, but I liked it! Keep up the good work, hope to see something else from you again soon!

    • Monty Monty on Apr 16, 2012

      Agreed - I fully support adding interesting and different authors and subjects. It's a much different perspective than mine, and although I'm fashion-(insert old-timey word here meaning mentally challenged), I really appreciated the take on the cars with the accessories. I also think it's about time more women were involved - other than Cammy, I can't think of too many on this blog who comment. I look forward to the next post, especially about re-learning to drive!

  • Art Vandelay Pour one out for the Motors Liquidation Corporation
  • Bill Wade Norm, while true I'll leave you with this. My 2023 RAM is running Android 8 released in 2017.My wife's navigation on her GM truck is a 2021 release, I believe the latest. Android Auto seems to update very week or two. Now, which would you rather have? Anybody with a car a couple of years old NEVER sees any updates. Heck, if your TV is a few years old it's dead on updates. At least cell phones are rapidly updated. If your old phone won't update, buy another $200 phone. If your GM vehicle doesn't update do what, buy another $50,000 GM vehicle?
  • Lou_BC Once again, Mustang is the last pony car standing. Camaro RIP, Challenger RIP.
  • FreedMike Next up should DEFINITELY be the Cadillac Eldorado. On the subject of Caddies, I saw a Lyriq in person for the first time a couple of days ago, and I'm changing my tune on its' styling. In person, it works quite well, and the interior is very nicely executed.
  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/tesla-model-y-worlds-best-selling-vehicle-1234848318/and any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!