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Why waste the money.

Postby phathack » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:25 pm

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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby crfriend » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:39 pm

Fashion designers should not be allowed to drop acid for precisely the same reasons that engineers should not be allowed to drop acid, although in the latter case a uniquely capable vehicle was created.

What's with the pom-pom on legs look? How does one even see to navigate in such a rig?

I still cling to my notion that >90% of what shows up on catwalks and runways (Proteus notwithstanding) is done for "shock and awe" and to show how far out the designer is. That's why >95% of what goes down the catwalk never sees a peg in a retail establishment. And in this case, that's good.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby klaatu » Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:00 pm

On the other hand,,, I find these quite appealing... well at least the first two.
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mgh45lef ... ummer-2012
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby couyalair » Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:49 pm

phathack wrote:Why would a designer waste money putting this stuff on the walkway?


And how can they expect anyone to take them seriously after that?

Is it simply that, since everyone knows that women adore wearing "men's clothes", they put these outlandish designs in the men's section so that women will take notice and perhaps even buy some articles.

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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby crfriend » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:16 pm

couyalair wrote:Is it simply that, since everyone knows that women adore wearing "men's clothes", they put these outlandish designs in the men's section so that women will take notice and perhaps even buy some articles.

If I ever saw a pom-pom walking down the street I suspect I would laugh so hard I'd lose my last meal. Whether it was a man wearing the thing or a woman would not matter: the result would be the same.

Clearly those bits were either put down the catwalk as a joke or that "designer" has signed his own "pink slip".

Note to designers: Make your looks believeable; make them look like they would work in the everyday world; make them attractive and classic. In short, don't make them look outlandish and, for want of a better word, stupid. Good design takes lessons from the past and present and melds them gracefully and artistically -- and most importantly with purpose. Random fantasy does nobody any favours.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby phathack » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:32 am

Well maybe those were Halloween costumes.
Though I have never seen designer Halloween costumes.

Women's designs are often just as strange but much more often some of what you see on the catwalk makes it into the stores.
Goes to so how conservative men are compared to women when it comes to fashion.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby crfriend » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:38 am

phathack wrote:Goes to so how conservative men are compared to women when it comes to fashion.

I wouldn't put that down to "conservatism". Rather, I'd put it down to style sense.

There is a vast difference between "Fashion" and style. Fashion (capital "F") is driven by marketing, greed, and overt whimsy; style is timeless and defies what the Fashion "designers" send down the catwalks a few times per year.

Style is hard to master because it plays not only to the outside world but also to the inner individual -- and it blends those with effortless grace and tranquility. All too many guys never "get it" because of the limited palette we're "given" to work with. One can only do so much with jeans, khakis, and standard-issue shirts, and it's that pervasive blandness that stultifies many of us. I never bothered to really explore a personal style until I got into wearing skirts -- precisely because it let me out of the "box" (an incredible shrinking box, I might add) I'd been in since childhood. Once liberated from The Uniform -- and not being able to explore the higher expressions of male clothing due to cost and practicality constraints -- I became able to actively explore and make my own decisions on what I feel best in and what I think looks good on me.

So, I tend to utterly ignore the whimsical, impractical, and utterly ridiculous creations that "designers" send down the catwalk during all too many "Fashion Week" events. They are irrelevant. I need clothes that work and look good on; I need stuff I can wear every day; and I need clothes that do not make me look outlandish. Perhaps I'm boring, perhaps I'm conservative; however, I am not tied to a uniform -- and I suspect I look better than 95% of what comes down the catwalk either last week or next.

To the point of the thread title: "Why waste the money/"
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby kingfish » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:46 am

That photo spread was like throwing some random foodstuffs against a wall just to see what sticks.

I also think that extremes in fashion need to be explored, if for no other reason than to keep perspective diversity where it needs to be.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby DannyL » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:00 pm

All of the pants have horrid designs but I like the glove design in the second picture. I think it would complement a bold bottom (either pants or a skirt) well in a similar color.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby Big and Bashful » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:42 pm

Hmm, male fashion eh? I am just laughing at the thought of a fluff ball being worn around a farm or on a building site (Picture a hard hat on a pink ball perched on one of those baby 4x4 dumpers).
I can see how it would work in the city, now imagining a London rush hour, tube station, thousands of puff balls all standing like brightly coloured sheep, waiting to squeeze onto a train!

Oh hell, I am sober, not doing illegal substances, and now my brain is going on it's own brightly coloured trip just to keep me awake tonight!
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby couyalair » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:15 am

wrote: I like the glove design in the second picture. I think it would complement a bold bottom.


Even funnier than the pompom pics !!!

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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby Skirt Chaser » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:06 am

Oh those are fun! Sure it looks like the cast of some new television program for toddlers but why not show something like that? Thanks for posting that link, phathack.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby Kieran » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:23 pm

Most of them look very hard to see out of! :D
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby Grok » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:40 pm

Article confirming shock and awe. Of course, this strategy, and in general skirts, violate the rule about blending in.
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Re: Why waste the money.

Postby skirtyscot » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:11 pm

I've seen that article before, probably via a link from SC. A much more thoughtful article than most. The comparison with naturists is a good one, which hadn't really struck me before.
Keep on skirting,

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