How come some current fashions are so ugly? (And some not?)
I mean this as a serious question.
The New York Times “T” magazine came this morning. Filled with photos, features, and advertisements for clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, etc.
I looked at every page, turning slowly to see what the shape of that dress was or that coat, what colors were featured, what the models looked like, etc., etc. I did this in a not serious manner — can’t afford anything, not much would look good on me, have no place to wear them — and seriously — what does fashion and style say about our way of seeing the world? About seeing women?
Not much pleased my eye, actually. Much of it is downright ugly, if I can use such a strong term. Lots of very boxy shapes and strange looking shoes. Teva-like shoes are heavily featured, for instance.
Now I like Teva’s but they are designed for comfort not for style. So to pay $830 or “price on request” for a Teva knockoff even if it is designed by Balenciaga seems crazy! It’s still a Teva for goodness sakes. The one on the bottom left is an actual Teva. Costs $40. The one in the middle/right is the Balenciaga. You do the math . . .
Lest you think I am a total fuddy-duddy, I actually like the shoes below with those knit socks.
And it isn’t just the shoes. Some of the clothes featured in “T” seemed very odd to me as well. Look below.
But, things aren’t all bad. As usual, I can count on Armani to design clothes that are flattering and gorgeous. Good to know if I ever have a spare $10,000 and a grand ball to attend.
From this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar.