Geoff Harkness, "Natalie Merchant," Kansas City Pitch Weekly, June 27, 2002
The trend got a boost from Nicole Kidman, who made anti-fashion de rigueur in her Oscar-winning performance of The Hours. It's also linked to the changing tastes of an aging demographic, and a collective longing for the honest and down-to-earth.
Deborah Fulsang, "Dorky shoes step out What's the latest runway look? Librarian chic," The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2003
There is something surreal about the very normality. East End born-and-bred Tim Gane, 31, and his Parisian girlfriend, Laetitia Sadier, 27, look like right-on Londoners in their librarian chic needlepin cords and Marks & Spencer cardies. You wouldn't guess that they are, respectively, the multi-instrumentalist and the cryptic Marxist wordsmith of an experimental lo-fi pop outfit called Stereolab.
Veena Virdi, "Marx and sparks," The Times of London, September 20, 1997