Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fausto Puglisi Spring 2016 MFW



Apparently, the clown car will turn into a clown bus sooner than later?
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Fausto Puglisi has taken the cowgirls, motorcycle mamas, Balmain, Versace , dare I say, Yves Saint Laurent, Grease (Rizzo) and created this visually disturbing vision of a collection for Spring 2016. He does, however, get an A+ for color usage but unfortunately that is not even close to enough to overlook the overall presentation.
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What boggles the mind is that no one can see that the fabrics look like they came from the $1 a mile fabric shop, the draping a la Balmain/YSL is achieved with a leadened hand and maybe worse is that some idiot stylist thought it was a great idea to add cowboy boots to the mix! It’s like Dales Evans on LSD... all that was missing was cowboy hats with chin straps, some fringe and Buttermilk (Dale Evan’s horse).

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So, instead of all that, we got a heavy dose of Donatellamommamia’s Versace lacing or maybe lashing with an even heavier dose of Gianni Versace. Unfortunately it didn’t come off as homage but rather as a very feeble attempt to reimagine that look minus the medusa heads! Oh, and please don’t let me forget the flame print ala Walmart tee shirts and the overabundance of again, heavy handed embellishments ... 
This brings to mind ... Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!
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Is it possible that every single person on the design team is either afraid to speak up or unable to see what is in front of them? When you so heavily “reference” looks like these all you need do is compare what you are doing with the original and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see who falls short and why. There is no question that there is great pressure on all designers when it comes to creating a jillion collections each year but hell... Open your eyes! … And no, no one expects every designer to reinvent the wheel each season but do what you do and do it well.
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It is collections like this that fill the clown bus and what is quickly becoming apparent is that this season we will need a train not just a car or a bus.