Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Were They Thinking?

This makes me twitchy. Notice also, the face is looking in while demurely looking away. From Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. (And, considering his collection as a whole, he probably does expect someone to wear this.)

Before I embark on today's foray into the deeply bizarre offerings on many of the fall/winter runways, let me clarify a few details up front:

1.) Yes, I know collection presentations are not called fashion "shows" for nothing.

2.) Almost every designer puts something or somethings out there which will guarantee major photo ops and prime placement in magazines, newspapers and on the Net for shock/publicity purposes.

3.) The surprises can wake-up an audience exhausted from running for weeks from collection to collection, country to country. Sometimes spice is nice.

4.) No matter how strange some of these pieces are -- and they are -- if the designer in question did not also create wearable clothes he or she would not be in business to do the weird stuff.


Oh, puh-leese, where did she find those trousers? Take the blouse and run if you are attracted to the color. If you like the pants, try looking at a Target first maybe (?) From Chloe.
In the case of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçon fame, one expects no less than a half  jacket. If you like the look, it seems to me it could be a DIY project. Start with something old before you cut into one of your favorites. And, for what appears to be another sleeve? Do not, repeat, do not, use your Hermes scarf unless you're totally committed to the look.
You might not like it.
In a way, including Vivienne Westwood in the group is sort of cheating. After all, weirdly bizarre is her stock and trade. She does, however, after one strips away the nonsense, have some interesting offerings.
Now really, does one need a designer to stitch-up a house coat? Might be trickier to find matching boots however. What a shame. From Jil Sander.
How many women do you know who want padded clothes? Or, do you blow this thing up to get the shape? Either way, what was he thinking over there at Jil Sander?
More from our "special" friend Jean-Charles Castelbajac. How adorable is the necklace around the skeleton's bony neck?  Remember, it's always all about the details. . .
I'm confused. Which way did Marc Jacobs want to go with this Louis Vuitton number? Was he trying for prim with the Peter Pan collar and white gloves, then had a change of heart and made the top and skirt transparent? Or, which seems more likely, he was delving into pay-for-view (or just pay for whatever) fantasy land. I could be wrong of course.
And, finally, been there done that. As you know, I covered the collections around the world for years and I understand what's going on with the seeming aberrations, but for some time now I've wanted to write this post. In fact, I'm considering writing it on a semi-regular basis. Let me know if you approve.


I'm trying to decide if I dislike them as much as I did 15 minutes ago. They're rather clever in a way, non? Not that you'd want to own them, but still. I predict we'll be seeing them on famous feet.
Since clothes need shoes. How about these from Miu Miu? If you don't like silver, you have gold and vice-versa.

27 comments:

coffeeaddict said...

More please!

LuxeBytes said...

I've loathed those Miu Miu booties since the moment they came out of the gate -- and they're everywhere. They're so unflattering. I've tried to understand what women see in them that sets their hearts aflutter, but it hasn't worked.

xoxox

The American Suburbanite in Rural England said...

love the post!! I agree the booties are "the next great thing" for your feet if you live in LA and must follow every ridiculous fashion trend out there ;)

deborah said...

This post is so interesting... LoVe your blog! Have a lovely week!
Xo deborah

déjà pseu said...

Love your take on Fashion, Tish. I think the "glitter shoe" trend has already hit here big time, though not always with those monstrous heels. I'm seeing sparkle on everything from party pumps to ballet flats on the shelves here.

Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen said...

Ok- I Like the Skeleton! I like the line, and I think it's funky. I'd wear it with a jean jacket...definitely for Halloween, but it catches my sense of humor, and I think I'd actually buy it if I saw it in a store I could afford!

aBroad said...

I agree ... what were they thinking and were any of them women ? lol
I like the skeleton dress for a Halloween Party !
and I also agree, that first one- makes me twitchy ~ besitos..

Jacqueline said...

Great morning laugh Tish!
Nice to know even the 'big guys' get it wrong sometimes!

Patti said...

This was so much fun. Yes, I need padded clothes! And a breast-grabber! But you are right, of course, these designers (most of them) also make some very beautiful things : >

LuxeBytes said...

They've got so much going on; that's part of the problem. The glitter bootie. The ankle strap in a contrasting color, and trimmed in another contrasting color. The contrasting Carmen Miranda straps at the toe. The exaggerated Minnie Mouse curved heel. The zipper. The peep toe. I mean, that's a helluva lot of shoe.

The other part of the problem is, there's a question of taste.

Well ... I guess it's not really a "question" ....

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

YIKES!
Art and fashion don't always work....I think that you have proven that beyond a doubt here today.

Gracie's Mom said...

Love your post, these photo's are just wrong on so many levels...... please post more!

The glittery shoes are almost as bad as the bulbous platforms that Lady Gaga wears all the time from Alexander McQueen (may he rest in peace) I think they were named the hippopotamus or the aardvark or something like that.

Splenderosa said...

I so completely agree with you. And, yes, Daphne Guinness has worn these shoes which I think are hideous.

Splenderosa said...

Yes, make it a regular feature, I love it.

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Great Post. I have to say I love the Miu Miu shoes x

Susan Tiner said...

Yes please, more posts like this.

I've had my eye on this vogue pattern design:

http://bit.ly/qVrjoB

but now your opinion on that Jil Sander dress has me wondering.

Does the vogue dress look like a house dress?

Susan Tiner said...

Some googling reveals that people aren't happy with that vogue design, it does wind up looking like a house dress.

This DKNY version is more popular:

http://bit.ly/r9gmWB

sisty said...

Message to Luxebytes:

I've been checking in at your blog, and I don't see any posts after April -- have you moved?

Apologies for highjacking.

I actually think the "housedress" could work in terms of shape, even though it's strange to the eye, but those flowers AND the shape are just too much.

Mrs P said...

Completely agree with you,don't really go for the shock factor with my style if I can help it. Hate the shoes although I usually love Miu Miu and Prada footwear. Love the idea of challenging this stuff, great post

Belle de Ville said...

What were they thinking indeed. When everyone knows that these designers provide certain outfits just for the shock value...can anyone really be shocked anymore?

Those outfits aren't even interesting...they are hideous.

I'll stick with my charcoal gray trousers and turtleneck and leave the glitter shoes to Daphne Guinness.

Carolyn C. said...

Absolutely more!What a great read...

tweedlibrarian said...

Great post! I appreciate creativity but these choices were not flattering to most women. I'm already sick of the fetish look, such as the Marc Jacobs outfit. Really, it's terrible, unless one is off to a fetish party. The rest of us don't want to wear dominatrix wear out in public.

I don't like the shoes but I don't detest them, either.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Horrific! Oh mercy!
Despice these images ...

Have a pretty day!
Kristin

helen tilston said...

The skeleton reminds me of the Alexander Mc Queen scarves which are all over the place, inlcuding knock offs. I find this creepy, perhaps growing up in a culture that did not celebrate halloween accounts for that.
Love this post Tish, some eyecatching outfits
Helenxx

Priscilla said...

The only people more thrilled with the latest trend in stupid footwear fashions, are the orthopedic surgeons. They're making a mint on broken and sprained ankles. The poor girls who are slaves to the bizarre directives of the mentally deranged designers, are paying more to the doctors than to the fashion houses!

JLR22 said...

I love it when you comment on fashion! You are saying what I am thinking. So I would love if you made it a regular feature of your blog. Also, this is one of the few blogs where I read the entire post.

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