We all have an affiliation to one tribe or another be it by birth, choice, or chance. This affiliation determines the outward presentation of ourselves to the world. It also determines how we decorate our houses and conduct our inner lives. Author, and social commentator Nancy Mitford simply described it as U and non-U. No longer is it a simple, if it was ever indeed simple, question of social standing.
Today's tribes are driven by the concept of lifestyle and a sense of false nostalgia, not by familial tradition or any sense of connoisseurship.
These Neo-Tribes, as I call them, are:
the Neo-Nouvelles; the Neo-Barbarians; the Neo-Preps; the Neo-Emigres; and my least favourite of all, the Neo-Trendsetters.