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    Dear Teacher:

    I have difficulty understanding the underlined parts of the following passages. Would you please give me a hand?

    Thanks a lot.

    1. We shop at stores like Filthmart, the Manhattan vintage store co-owned by Drea de Matteo of The Sopranos and feathering Hell’s Angels-meets-Jewel Wares.

    2. For his fall 2002 Marc by Marc Jacobs show, Jacobs sent models down the runway in mismatched grandma knits, oversized seventies scarves, rainbow-stripped sweaters, jeans and corduroys.

    3. The fashion world’s idealized image of the utilitarian future appears to involve lots of zippers, buckles, Velcro, pull closures, and strings.

    4. During Spring Fashion Week 2001, Bill Cunningham’s lens fell upon a former co-worker of mine outside one of the show as she flaunted her cute metal-studded handbag. It was perhaps the least flattering angle at which I’ve ever seen her, but ego stroking nonetheless in a “you have good enough taste in bags to be in the New York Times” kind of way.

    Sometimes sincere “You look great, ” which never fails to elicit the awkward yet gushing “You do too.”

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    Re: meanings

    1. In the United States and Canada, "Hell's Angels" is the widely-recognized name of a motorcycle club. Their fame began in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and still continues to this day. Being a rough (and sometimes very violent) street gang, they have a reputation for meanness, fighting, drinking, drugs, etc.

    "Jewel Wares" most likely refers to the exact opposite of the Hell's Angels: jewelry is bright, delicate, expensive, etc.

    2. Grandma knits are sweaters or other clothing items that were knitting by someone's grandmother: soft, fuzzy, fluffy, warm. Not the kind of garments you'd usually expect to see on high-fashion models.

    3. Pull closures are large wooden button-like objects that line one side of a jacket, for instance, and they are looped through a large string on the other side of the jacket, to close it.


    4. Ego-stroking (notice the hyphen) means an act or object that's used to make a person feel good, feel better, or feel much better than other people. For instance, a very expensive car might make a man feel good about himself, because it draws attention to him. A woman might get breast enlargements, making her feel more desireable. A rich person surrounds themself with an entourage so that there is always someone to compliment them, tell them how wonderful they are. Some people seek money, power or fame (or any combination of the three) in order to feel good. These are all "ego-stroking" devices, or actions.

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