Before I started writing Hello, Tailor I used to review catwalk shows on my personal blog, dividing any designs I liked into "Clothes I'd wear" and "Clothes other people could wear", because I recognise that a lot of the time an outfit can be interesting and well-made without being to my personal taste. If I only posted pictures of clothes I personally would wear, this would be a pretty boring blog. But sometimes, even taking into account the fact that everyone has different taste, there's no criticism to make except THIS IS BAD CLOTHING.
Celine, YOU HAVE MADE BAD CLOTHING.
|all pics from style.com|
The thing is, I don't have any problem with couture designs that bear little relation to the body lurking underneath. What's fashion about, if not livening up the everyday human form? But there's a difference between Issey Miyake supergluing a 4-foot paper sculpture to a model's hip, and... this. This is an uncomfortable pair of pyjamas made from suit material. It looks like a sewing experiment from someone who's making trousers and a shirt for the first time, without a pattern. What design process led to this? It doesn't look good! And if it doesn't look good on a professional model, and I can pretty much guarantee it won't look good on anyone else.
the Penguin in Batman Returns. I kind of see where they're going with the shirt -- peplums are really in right now, and so a backwards peplum is... something? So at least I can assume that more thought went into this outfit. But still no. No.
To be fair, some of the Celine collection was OK. This outfit is very chic in that slightly inhuman, boxy way that always seems to come partnered with random leather squares, like minimalist furniture.
|White duck feet?|
I can't tell if this photoshoot is intentionally "casual" (bleh) or if it's just incredibly low-budget. Possibly both. I think they just got the models to stand in a street and wait until no one was standing behind them. There's an equestrian theme going on here, which is kind of same-old-same-old, but remove the helmet and what you've got left is some great-looking tailoring and sweet lapel action.
|Just got off my horse. You know. Just casually standing here.|
|This lady rides to work. Really. You know this, because she's wearing a helmet.|
I'll be interested to see how many people shell out for taupe shin-gauntlets come "Pre-Fall" 2012. Luckily they're an easy accessory to DYI -- just get some car inner-tubes and shove your legs in there. Maybe superglue a buckle over the top, for pizazz. SORTED. <-- shin-gauntlets are the biz. What outfit is complete without them? (Trick answer: all outfits.)
|Permanent bruise on her nose from the helmet hitting the sunglasses.|
Here's an outfit for stylish gallery curators and sophisticated trophy wife characters to wear on TV, although probably not with tights.
|This model is confused as to why all the OTHER models aren't wearing tights.|