Sunday, June 20, 2021

PRADA men’s spring 2022

With almost 3 million followers and I mean that in the sense of sheep like/Jim Jones followers, Diet Prada seems to think that this iteration of Prada is Raf hitting his stride. I SAY...what stride is that is that when did he ever create anything that was noteworthy enough for him to be considered of the 21st century’s great designers.

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Diet Prada may be great at   finding retreads of old designs and such but lately it appears to me they dee, themselves the voice and authorities on EVERYTHING from fashion to race relations. The numbers don’t translate to anything other than thinking that 3 million followers make them this quasi-authoritative source of every subject to a generation that is ill informed of the present and most certainly the past.

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If you think this is fashion hitting its stride in any sense then please feel free to point out where and what that greatness in apparent. Media today is more about shock and awe and appealing to an audience where fashion has become a source of entertainment and not business. So kindly explain to me where and who is going to be wearing this on a daily basis in any kind of work-related situation. Labels don’t make clothes outstanding ...style, wearability, sales, design and no explanation needed make clothes memorable.

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So, like the rest of the media, I’ll dance around the clothes and only say, who cares about menswear that looks like this and why does the label give it any prominence or gravitas in the world today?

FENDI men’s spring 2022

It’s an embarrassment for the brand, the designer, an insult to the consumer and absolutely laughingly absurd to anyone who has been in fashion longer than a year.... it’s like Ru Paul’s Drag Race minus the feathers and sequins and beads, organza coats, bare midriffs, sissy handbags, floppy picture hats ...why not just send them out in dresses or put the clothes on female models?

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If you wanna call this f fashion   that’s your prerogative, I opt to call this a very bad joke and a collection gone haywire; it’s a good thing that Fendi is barely known for its menswear!

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BTW... where exactly would these clothes be worn and for what reason?

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Norma Kamali resort 2022

“You have to feel casual [in] dressy and you have to feel special in casual, and that mix is where the magic is” ... and that is precisely what she does!

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There is no question that Kamali is an acquired taste and that she has an almost cult like following that allows her to keep going and doing what she does exactly how she wants to.

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It’s not fashion that sets the world on fire but it is fashion as seen by the designer’s eye and it’s just so her.  She has never strayed from her point of view and consistently shows collections that are almost incestuous in that you can mix and match from any season any way you want and its pure Kamali.

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Crazy about the gold, crazy about the sheer insets, navy, camo and crazy about these clothes that don’t require an instruction manual... put it together as you see and possibly its way she does and maybe it’s not.

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It’s hard to believe that some of the DNA is almost 50 years old and yet it still looks fresh and timely... if you are a believer that age is but a number then you might also say these are classics and for women of any age.

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Without a Grecian arena and 100 models Norma Kamali makes more of a fashion statement than that heritage maison that is no longer about design but just another brand with the emperor’s new clothes. I tip my hat to Norma Kamali who has weathered ever storm possible that has transpired in almost half of a century and the best part is that the clothes never look forced, maybe a little theatrical...   but never truly far from its home base.

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P.S. Norma understands how to inject athleticism into the clothes without showing in a sports arena or showing homeboy clothes!

Dior resort 2022

I’m embarrassed to admit that I quite literally nodded off somewhere around midway through the unbelievably extravagant of some of the most generic, mediocre, mind numbing and meaningless clothes, complete with clumsy draping that I’ve seen in one place at one time other than perchance in a Lerner Shops in 1975.

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The millions that this must have cost should have been used to buy covid vaccinations for 3rd world countries as this could not have been more of a waste of money and time than anything in memory. The poorly produced film (BY DRONES) seems to distract you from the signature sheerness, school crossing guard vests, the leather harnesses and the tsunami of sneakered models walking as if in a funeral procession or off to a human sacrifice... it’s inconceivable that this is out in the world as Dior and yet the meatball believes these are clothes designed for now. I ask in what galaxy or which planet.

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Apparently, someone told the genius that Dior also makes jewelry and sunglasses since after I’m not sure how many seasons we never saw a piece on the runway; no sense talking about the foot wear or the gym bags or the sudden interruption of street wear to mix with the supposed Grecian theme....  and yet not one crisscross laced Greek sandal seen.... but we have breastplates and warriors printed on dresses... rationales don’t cut it!

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Aside from the wildly repetitive pieces, the clumsy draping of no particular beauty ... khaki, black, white and royal blue/metallic gold homeboy clothes do not a resort collection make. It is shameful that Monsieur Arnault has permitted this untalented clueless woman turn the brand that made him a megawatt star of the fashion business into a schlock pile ... Dior is now just a brand with no visible signature and very little credibility despite the fawners.

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Insult to injury, even the presentation was not original... think Eiffel Tower and YSL and to end the show with the Bjork’s swan’s neck dress that made her a laughing stock of fashion and is just inexcusable on every level other than that Bjork must have been a trendsetter obviously since she wore it 20 years ago.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Versace resort 2022

Ponder this if you will... if Karl Lagerfeld, Jeremy Scott, Liz Claiborne, Vivienne Westwood and Donatellamamamia took LSD and designed a collection it might look something like this. I duly note that apparently the demographic of the Versace clientele must have gotten considerably younger with a taste for cartoonish clothes and much much richer.

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There is noting subtle about it, nothing sexy about it other than blatantly purposely intended to be and clearly wants to attract the vertically challenged. In essence WTF is this shit? Even the palette is offensive and yes people want “happy” clothes but that doesn’t mean they want to be the brunt of a joke!

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So, no matter what the blah blah blah that surrounds this, I find it offensive to the heritage brand, an insult to her brother’s name and just plain fugly!

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Proenza Schouler Resort 2022

Okay, let’s start by asking what season is this... I know what it’s supposed to be but I’m confused due to what I see! It is incomprehensible to me that these two joy boys turn out collection after collection that mean nothing, say nothing and certainly don’t bring anything to the fashion table.

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I have yet to figure out who their customer is other than one who likes to buy clothes just because of a label...oh yes, the label whores! Someone needs to tell me who, what kind of woman, what aged woman is running by any means possible of purchase to own these clothes.

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I have said time and time again, every season they shop for a new client and this season is no different except that the it reminds of that Vivaldi hit...The Four Seasons.

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When anyone can rationally explain this all to me, please let me know as it’s been puzzling me far too long.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Gabriella Hearst resort 2022

“couture level embellishments” ...   does that make up for deadly, bedraggled clothes that are shapeless, literally hanging off a body and pretty much   boring not matter what they are made of or how they are embellished these clothes are just plain sad...

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At a time when people truly want to be happy, these get ups do nothing but make you shake your head and wonder who in the hell wants to look like this no matter what the pundits and the designer are smoking saying and think you’re   believing!

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CPO shirts, prison uniforms, Carnaby row suits and a plethora of just plain ugly clothes .... I can’t imagine any woman leaping out of her chair and running to the nearest Saks or Neiman’s or phone to own a single piece of this.  For some reason these clothes remind me of death and mourning and certainly not resort, but the hands down winner is the puff sleeve pumpkin dress.

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She can have her hype; the clothes speak for themselves and they don’t have much to say.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

SPRING 2022....yes SPRING

It really doesn’t matter what season it is nor does it matter the heritage brand that is shit on and one lauded and applauded fraudulent designers who said they would change fashion but in 2 highly referenced, highly repetitive and totally ridiculous iterations this is what you get.... ONE BIG YAWN and the gnawing question of “is it Halloween already?”

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There is nothing here that hasn’t been done before for the shock and awe of it and what complicates the issue is the geniuses from behind the once iron curtain think that 15 tired styles and be repeated ad nauseum and still not even elicit a tinge of excitement makes them great designers or excuse me one counts the money the other laughs. Talk about been there done that... Johnny one note is present and accounted for ...12 or 15 samples with a swatch card for each would have sufficed.

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As for the other well he went from helming one of the grand old heritage brands to turning into a joke where a parade of “Lurches” took to the runway and by the way... a boy in Divine’s red Abbe Lane gown From Pink Flamingos is longer amusing or shocking. This kid needs to be told to get his head on straight.

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And any of the `so-called high fashion looks can turn a grey day into Fashion Masquerade Day provided of course that you have the cash to throw away on any of it and a shortage of grey cells.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Chloé resort 2022

Gee, Gabriella ...   you created a bouillabaisse of your eponymous collection, the Row, a riot of rick rack, Ulla Johnson with here prairie wear and then 2 slick side tie suits that come out of nowhere. This is just one more example of “name that brand” as there is nothing identifiable here that says Chloé ... thank God.

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Chloé once known as an it brand morphed into a suburban housewife it brand and again morphed into an it handbag and in its present iteration morphed into that of a souk with one extraordinarily unhappy “full” size model and who could blame her.

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There must be one designer out there who studies the roots of a heritage brand and extrapolate that information and creates a collection that resembles what the brand once stood for and what made it the success it was!


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