10 Malevolence Manor
Principality of Monaco, via Austin, Texas
July 9, 2009
The No-Clothes Clothes Trend
Attn: Alexander Wang, Topshop, Etc.
456 Why Bother Lane
I understand that when you send a look down a runway, it is generally meant as a creative expression, a form of art to be admired on its own merits & not necessarily worn In Real Life. Like any lady worth her "Vogue" subscription, I enjoy the escape of looking at these, even if I may not want or be able to wear all of them in real life . . .
Take this ethereal shift from the Valentino Fall '09 runway. While it is a smidge short and sheer for my boring lawyer life
not to mention a bazillion dollars more than Ye Olde Studente Loanse will allow, I absolutely see the appeal. The lace overlay is delicate and feminine, and the whole look is Pretty without being boring. And as a former ice skater myself - like Aaahndrea Zuckerman once noted, I wasn't so bad until my "center of gravity shifted" around age 11 - I don't even object to the nude netting (nor sequins, but that's for a different post).
However, my Fantasy GBFF Tim Gunn Look of Concern (say that fast three times) is in full Furrowed Brow Mode when I see how other designers are translating this trend into an everyday look - if by "everyday look" we mean "stark naked, basically, except for some black overlay and/or scribbles" . . .
Call me a prude, but if I want to be in the buff, I may do so within the comforts of my own home for free. Although I'll do so with the blinds closed, of course, because we wouldn't want another Rachel-dancing-in-the-inexplicably-nice-apartment-starkers-while-Ross-watches-from-across-the-street moment, would we?
Before I irretrievably fall down the YouTube nostalgia hole, I'll leave it this - let's leave a bit to the imagination, designers. In this economy, it just doesn't seem wise to be designing your way out of a job, and given the choice between paying money to look naked and, just, well, you know, I'll take door Number 2.
Au Naturelly Yours,