February 17, 2007
Fashion Week 'energy' is not just in or about New York. As the latest in fashion is unveiled around the world, London reports and gives tips entitled Retail Therapy. I know a few who need to read this - regularly.
In Europe, I always find even more outlandish, and often unwearable designs, but is high level design really about practical clothing?
Male friends often ask me for fashion advice, including this one: should a man wear a shirt outside his trousers? They now report that for years, "it was cooler to wear a shirt outside trousers but now it just smacks of chavs on a Saturday night. These days it's all about a neat, more refined silhouette. The band The Killers, have helped to popularise a new smart look where shirts are always tucked in."
I think it depends on the man and his overall style - what he can pull off or not? Why should the same principle that works for women not apply to men? And on the current tucked in only trend, is the mainstream man really going to be following the latest and greatest from the likes of Burberry designer Chrsitopher Bailey and Albert Elbaz at Lanvin?
What about Y-fronts? Says The Telegraph, some men would argue that they have never gone away but lately the y-front has been resuscitated by designers giving them a more fashionable image. Labels such as Aussie Bum and Jockey have introduced brightly coloured y-fronts to make them more appealing. Hmmmmm.
Is that the toughest clothing hassle men have to deal with? Y-fronts or whether to tuck in a shirt or not? Men are far too blessed. As women, we dress for each season -- color and style. We have boots, sandals, 'sensible' shoes, f-m pumps, dance shoes, sneakers, aerobic soled shoes, elegant shoes, platforms, esparadrilles, wedges. My head is spinning already. Not that I hate the process of buying shoes.
I haven't even moved into garments, which for a man, might include jackets, sweaters, pants and socks. For women, it means scarves, hats, vests, sweaters, camisoles, thongs, tights, stockings, shawls, coats, jackets, dresses, skirts, pants, gauchos (yeah, some styles are back in vogue), dressy shorts, silky tops, conversative Ann Taylor-like smocks, ponchos, material belts. Enuf already. Salaries need to be significantly adjusted to reflect this imbalance, don't you think?
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