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And I Feel Fine

I never watched Project Runway until I happened upon a marathon of the most recent season, at which point I saw a fellow human being look straight into a camera and use the following term in a non-ironic fashion:  "Apocalyptic trench coat."  This needs to be an entire clothing line:  The prophetic tweed pantsuit, a world-ending handbag.

This is being typed by a person who defines her wardrobe as "cottony," so I don't even pretend to understand high fashion.  But during the same episode, I saw this coming down the runway:

This was subsequently described as "amazing" and "remarkable" by every single judge.  Call me hopelessly redneck, but I'd rather not pay out the current market rate for a small to medium personal island in order to wear a ruffle-coated satellite dish out on the town.

polyester at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Right there with you. MB. My wardrobe is "cottony" plus one "non-revealing swimsuit I only bought 'cause we were taking the kids to the beach."

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Leigh

I like this skirt of this dress, but what the heck is going on with the neckline? And is that thing that looks like an antenna wired or floating?

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis


The French word for vanguard. A group or work that is innovative or inventive on one or more levels: subject, medium, technique, style, or relationship to context.

An avant-garde work pushes the known boundaries of acceptable art sometimes with revolutionary, cultural, or political implications....aka not "ready to wear"

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

"Apocalyptic trench coat"? I guess that would be what Terminator's http://www.lysator.liu.se/~hakgu/t2pics/kyle01.gif" rel="nofollow">Reese or John Connor would favor. In other words: clothes you steal from a hobo! Hardly something you would find in Armani ;-)

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

A long time ago I realized that the entire concept of "fashion" is a fad; same as pet rocks and hula hoops. In practice, it's little more than ugly women and gay men telling people they're not rich enough to join their cadre of exclusivity. "You're not in our club unless you're wearing this expensive, stupid-looking crap. Oh, you're wearing THAT? We wore that six months ago. You're sooooo out."

So "fashion" will continue to embrace ever crazier and dumber things because they have to chase the zeitgeist. And hence, a beautiful model wears a dress that looks like a tree trunk made out of papier-mâché. (Of course, not all fashion models are really "beautiful," but that's another rant for another comment section on another day.)

Dresses like these are, I think, the reason why fashion models always have pained looks on their faces. If you made me wear that crap, I'd look sad, too.

http://www.joannemackellar.com/designjournal/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/brad_bird.jpg" rel="nofollow">This is the only Fashion Designer I respect :0)

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie
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