My Mom told me I was too mean on my blog last week. Yes, I was sort of mean, but I have an opinion which I like to share, and I know a lot of you read this blog because of it. As we discussed my “mean week,” I re-explained to her my hatred for celebrities meddling in fashion. It comes down to the fact that celebrities have completely devalued my career choice. Why bother going to design school, if you can just become a designer with no training? That is essentially what celebrities are doing, and I hate them for it. A good designer does HAVE go to design school (although, some come from architecture, or fine art, and that works too. As long as it is a creative discipline), if not you end up with crap like this.
However, Liam Gallagher’s collection, Pretty Green, sounded like a good idea when he started it. Shortly after its launch, I moved to Vancouver and since his line was primarily targeting the British consumer, I didn’t hear much about it. Although I did write this post about his clothes, which were a major disappointment, considering the potential he could have had with his target market. But last week The Cut published a little article about him, which featured some quotes that not only made him sound like a complete idiot (although that’s not new, he has never been one to make intelligent comments in public), but also made me realize he is just as bad as the rest of the tragic celebrities/fashion designers.
The quote is funny, but then I actually looked at the two collections, to see if it had any validity. Check out my comparisons, the clothes are practically identical. So I really don’t know how one will get you arrested, and the other will get you laid. They are both pretty boring.
Then he explained a bit about his design process, which he undertakes with his wife Nicole, who used to be the singer in the crappy pop band All Saints.
“There’s a guy who does it with us, he just comes round and goes through our wardrobes, and anything that looks a bit rubbish or tired we just sort of breathe a bit of life into it.” (Vogue UK)
And that quote is exactly the reason why I hate celebrities fashion “designers.” Anyone who thinks a collection is made from breathing life into something that looks rubbish, has absolutely no idea about fashion. Did Alexander McQueen go into his wardrobe and pick out some rubbish looking clothes, re-jig them a bit, and come up with Plato’s Atlantis? I think not.
Let’s end this with a message to Gallagher. Liam, find a new way to design, because your collection of ugly polo t-shirts and the same parka over and over again is BORING. And, while you are at it, sort out your haircut as well.
After thought…If I was going to buy clothing from one of these brands, and they both had their girlfriend’s giving “advice” on the designs, I’d be buying Rocawear. I’ll take the tastes of Beyonce any day over Nicole Appleton. Jay Z: 1, Liam Gallagher: 0.