Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I'm Confused








I was flipping through some photos from Fashion Week in Paris and most of the runway shows looked nice and familiar and what I have grown to be accustomed to. Then, I saw the photos of the Manish Arora show and I just can't figure it out. Are people actually going to wear these clothes? I mean honestly, I just don't see too many people at the grocery store or standing in line at the bank wearing these kinds of clothes and remember, I live in LA. Bobby Trendy lives here. I have seen awful.

I think that perhaps they are supposed to represent an idea or something, but then what is the point of taking all the time and energy and money and creativity to make something that is only an inspiration for derivative works from these styles? It would seem to me that your time would be better spent actually making what you think should be worn rather than just wasting all of your money on some clown clothes and mime makeup.

I realize that as a guy, and a fairly ignorant one when it comes to fashion, that most of these outfits would be laughed off the Project Runway stage, yet they have an entire collection during Paris Fashion Week.

So, I guess what I need from any of you who can explain is what the hell is the purpose of these outfits, and if any of you would wear them as is.

24 comments:

Mooshki said...

Posh will wear the originals. Honestly, I think the derivative works these inspire might be kind of awesome.

Mooshki said...

(Except that first one. WTF?)

jax said...

it's wearable art darling.
having said that...no way im wearing a fucking merry go round.

Sis said...

Although, I would love a snicker or two or three if Posh actually wore one of these especially the merry-go-round.

jlb said...

I can see Paris wearing a couple of those.

I don't mind the style of the last one - less the beaded boobies and pattern though.

p m said...

Sure, I would wear them. After all, Halloween is just around the corner.

Punkimeowzer said...

Ent, I work in the fashion industry and at times I don't get it either. This line looks like street wear for the cast of Cirque du Soleil or what Marcel Marceau would have worn if he were a woman.

lyz said...

If ANY female star wore one of these outfits to a red carpet event, they would be a laughing stock. Think Bjork and her swan dress....

These outfits are creative and probably seemed very cool on the runway, but anyone actually wearing one would be eaten alive by the fashion critics.

Lisa said...

HELLS-TO-THE-NO! I concur with Enty 100%

GladysKravitz said...

My kids' Tante Greta might wear that one that is second from the bottom. It looks kind of like the track suits she wears all the time anyway. But we all know how fashion forward those mah johng playing ladies in Florida are.

Allison said...

Finally.
Someone saying what I've been saying for years!
This collection is really only an extreme example of what I think of most fashion shows anyway.
I always wonder who these things are designed for.
Certainly not anyone with a shape other than flat.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Send in the clooooooownnnnnssss.....

Molly said...

enty, here is the purpose of fashions like this. it makes us poor people happy we can't afford them and gives us something to mock rich people about.

easy, right?

Mary said...

This is what a friend who works in the fashion industry told me once that the crazier outfits that go down the runway aren't necessarily what that designer will sell in the stores. It's a one-time haute couture piece that's meant for entertainment and to show off the inspiration and "spirit" of the line. The actual clothes that one can buy have a similar look, but are more wearable.

Jasmine said...

It's the concept they're showing-- the colors, the prints, the angles, not the actual pieces you're seeing on the runway.

Print is huge right now, especially large, loud prints. It will be until the next collections come out in 3 months.

Fashion week is to sell concepts, not clothes.

And hello ENT. Been a while.

stiffkittens said...

A lot of shows are created to be eye catching so they will get publicity and be talked about. Besides its a 'show' and not a 'this is what you can buy' event.
I love the fashion weeks for this reason - its art and doesnt have to be serious. The stage, hair and makeup along with the clothes makes it such a magical production.

Ernestine said...

I actually kind of like them. *hides*

Well, the FIVE year-old in me likes them, at least. They're colorful and geniusly crafted. See, when I drew dresses and stuff as a little girl, THAT'S the kind of shit I came up with -- knowing full well that you can't pull off such stuff in real life.

Joanna said...

What Mary said. I would guess that these are art pieces. A designer produces a couture line to show off his/her artistic point of view, and then creates a "ready to wear" line. It does seem like a waste at first, but the stuff that is most fun comes out of couture. Although haute couture has a much looser definition in the States. In Paris, the term is protected by law and only refers to firms that meet certain standards. In the States it can mean anything from high end clothing to fine art.

Lisa said...

The show was probably designed to generate publicity for Manish Arora, so they can charge an astronomical amount for a pair of Reeboks. Either that or it's a Bollywood thing. I'm not up on Indian culture.

CalamityJane said...

Ok Enty, it works like this.

Let's say you're an uber hot fashion designer whose work is considered genius and seminal (heh, love that word).

For whatever fucked up reason, you are inspired by the esthetic design of the circus and love/hate drama, intrigue, and mystique of clowns, mimes and what have you.

As amazing of an artists you may be, you create over a hundred pieces for your collection, and you're stoked! Now, how to market your new vision in a timely fashion in a media obsessed world? How about an abstract, sometimes controversial conceptional show thats presented in thirty minuets?

Purpose of a conceptional show? Basically, you're condensing your entire vision, your inspiration into one hot haute cotour mess of artistic design and magnificance. So instead of showing off 100 pieces that look unique but fairly generic, you show off 20 insanely abstract pieces that condense your entire vision into a bite size piece meal. It's like telling the fashion world, 'hey bitches, you think you're fierce? Well, tremble with fear in my completely unique and totally abstract vision. I am SOO FUCKING ORIGINAL IT HURTS MY BALLS MAN!'

So, yeah. It's like shooting tequila like a hard core bad ass while everyone else is serving it with pussy margarita mix.

Rhianna said...

Enty you explained why I hate fashion in general. The 'winner' is what every woman starves herself, botox injects her face and feet, rearanged the bones in her toes, gets bolt-on fake tits, looks like she just escaped the produce isle with horrible fake tans, et cetera ... In short fashion exists to tell women they're ugly, can't dress right and need to be in pain to be attractive.

Sorry, can't help you out on why shitty looking 'fashion' is designed by men who refuse to wear it themselves.

Ace Tomato said...

The derivative pieces will turn up in fashion layouts and adverts in Vogue, etc.

The is art and marketing, and silly, and fun, and meant to make you go WTF????? because you will remember it.

See ENTY? you gave the show 6 pictures.

You see the same craziness on the runway from Lacroix or Galliano. Of course they are masters at couture and can turn out the traditional, gorgeous masterpiece in their sleep.

Who knows if this Cirque du Soleil homage will pan out into anything memorable . . .

Mooshki said...

Speaking of fashion, anyone else DYING for the next Project Runway?

slappywhyte said...

"i was very influenced by cirque de soleil for this season's collection:

o rly

slappy whyte