When I found out that Topshop is selling Mom Jeans, two emotions swept over me. Firstly, sadness. I’m sad that our industry has come to this – marketing something that is universally considered unattractive, as cool. Secondly, I felt old, since I can’t for the life of me understand why a young person would want to wear ‘Mom jeans’. And I can say on behalf of almost all people in their thirties (who care about fashion), that Mom jeans have no appeal for us whatsoever. We avoid Mom jeans at all costs, especially if we are Moms, so to suggest we would go to a trendy retailer and buy Mom jeans from them is just absurd.
Jeans are one of the most important items to buy well – they need to fit, they need to flatter, and they need to feel good. Mom jeans are not flattering, they don’t have a nice fit, and looking like a 40 year old soccer Mom isn’t going to make many women feel good. Look! You can get them in an indigo acid wash. And they are only $80. MORE MINGING MOM JEANS
I’ve changed my catwalk shoe coverage to focus on the best, and worst of the season. Here they are.
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pretty damn awesome t-bar Mary Janes from Prada.
This Hermès show is a slightly boring way to end fashion month, but at least it didn’t suck. In fact, it really couldn’t be more on-brand. Supple leather, chic wool coats, classic shapes, it’s got all the elements of a great collection, except for the excitement. But hey, not all fashion needs to be exciting, and when you’re a luxury powerhouse making a killing on handmade handbags and screen printed scarves, you’ve got very little left to prove. Bring on the expensive coats, I say.
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the perfect grey coat.
Up until a week ago I’d forgotten that this Louis Vuitton was going to be the most anticipated show of the season. Thankfully I haven’t been counting down the days, as that would have made the disappointment even worse. I think the whole concept of taking your predecessor’s style and adding your own handwriting worked really well for Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, but not so much the case for Nicholas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton. This basically looks like a cleaner, more structure version of Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. That’s not what we want! Plus it is boring. And excuse me, but writing a cheesy letter to your show guests, pretty much begging them to like the collection, is totally lame.
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a chic white zipper front shirt dress.
I’ve been really disappointed with Alexander McQueen lately. Not only have the catwalk shows been theatrical messes, but the brand’s red carpet pieces have been utterly lame evening wear. So, what are you? Crazy ass fashion, or boring red carpet? Luckily, Sarah Burton kind of decided she was halfway between the two for Fall 2014, and the result was incredible handwork and textiles on slightly dark, moody girls. Kind of what McQueen was about in the first place, and why we loved him.
when McQueen actually looks like that brand Lee Alexander McQueen founded.
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