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September 15, 2009 11:03 AM   Subscribe

Ah, Fashion. The shows.

The designers.

The styling.

The photography.

The models.

The news (including the colors).

The street.
posted by kathrineg (35 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I know there's more important stuff going on in the world, but my sole reason for visiting the New York Times lately has been this baby. Thanks for the links.
posted by oinopaponton at 11:11 AM on September 15, 2009


The food.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:14 AM on September 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


The weird crap nobody would ever wear off the runway.

Is that inspired by Dumb Donald?
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:19 AM on September 15, 2009


Vacuous self indulgent twaddle.
posted by Scoo at 11:23 AM on September 15, 2009


Through some mix of fate and outrageous self-promotion, I managed to finagle an invitation to a show this season- the one night this week I actually had something to do I couldn't put off. Bah! That's what I get for not looking at my calendar. Next season I'm IN, I swear, if I have to scale the tents and rappel in.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:23 AM on September 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Vacuous self indulgent twaddle.

Yes, what about it?
posted by kathrineg at 11:24 AM on September 15, 2009


What show?!?!?
posted by kathrineg at 11:24 AM on September 15, 2009


Bah!
posted by Scoo at 11:25 AM on September 15, 2009


Fresh air!

Times Square!
posted by adipocere at 11:25 AM on September 15, 2009


The weird crap nobody would ever wear off the runway.
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:19 AM on September 15


*is Karl Lagerfeld*
*smokes enormous blunt *
*has amazing idea for 60's era Batman-villain prêt-à-porter line*
posted by Optimus Chyme at 11:26 AM on September 15, 2009 [3 favorites]


Ah, fashion...how I love you! What other endeavour is able to be so totally transfixing yet so unapologetically vacuous and ephemeral all at once? Thanks for the great post.
posted by Go Banana at 11:33 AM on September 15, 2009


You did a FPP on NY Fashion Week and didn't include a link to the Fug Girls doing their thing?

They're the only reason I know it's Fashion Week, and they make reading about it bearable, even funny!
posted by librarylis at 11:36 AM on September 15, 2009


Here's a much more realistic take on fashion photography. The comments section contains some great inside baseball.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 11:44 AM on September 15, 2009


Ah, skating on the thin sheen of pus on the engorged, bubbling sore on the anus of the beast.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:47 AM on September 15, 2009


The Secret World of Haute Couture gives another look inside the fashion industry. It's up on youtube.
posted by hoppytoad at 11:58 AM on September 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Is this something that I'd have to wear clothes to understand?
posted by octothorpe at 11:59 AM on September 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's nice the designers are able to give meth addicts some work.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:13 PM on September 15, 2009


Rarely is ignorance so proudly flaunted on Metafilter as it is in fashion threads.
posted by Bookhouse at 12:13 PM on September 15, 2009


Cool. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 12:48 PM on September 15, 2009


The race politics.
posted by lunit at 1:07 PM on September 15, 2009


It's nice the designers are able to give meth addicts some work.

Gah! I wasn't expecting a real life zombie stare.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:24 PM on September 15, 2009


A few of my favorite looks

Badgley Mischka

Chris Benz

Sophie Theallet

Rosa Cha

Richard Chai

Derek Lam

Carlos Miele
posted by kathrineg at 1:46 PM on September 15, 2009


Gah! I wasn't expecting a real life zombie stare.

Perhaps this is better?
posted by cmgonzalez at 4:09 PM on September 15, 2009


Don't be so hard on them. Think of fashion as the ecological refugium of skinny people, with bizarre plumage and barely sublimated mating rituals. It's not supposed to be normal.
posted by bad grammar at 4:11 PM on September 15, 2009


making fun of people for how they look is always clever
posted by kathrineg at 4:54 PM on September 15, 2009


making fun of people for how they look is always clever

Kneejerks aside, these people are scary zombies and need to be destroyed.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:00 PM on September 15, 2009


It's more the fact that the fashion industry chooses to exploit these people for those reasons, otherwise why have a "model directory" where you can search by the body part or physical feature the model is known for? Another thing is the industry has in the past 5-7 years or so, gone for a certain homogeneous look in order to further the "model as clothes hanger, do not notice her face" notion. So there's a whole host of Eastern European virtual clones out there on the runway (though this has been changing slightly).

I enjoy fashion, but there are aspects that are up for question, as well as ways to poke fun at that industry's choices.
posted by cmgonzalez at 5:12 PM on September 15, 2009


OK, fair. I get defensive because so many of the models are immigrants and very young immigrants at that.
posted by kathrineg at 5:19 PM on September 15, 2009


Thank you. No Kanye, No Joe Wilson, No Health care. You win the internet today.
posted by nax at 5:23 PM on September 15, 2009


The fact that so many are that young is a key factor. Besides the more superficial issue of 16 year olds selling clothes to 30 year olds, there's not a little exploitation or pressure happening. A lot of these girls are living a dream and they are making more money than they could've ever imagined, seeing the world, and all that, but there's a lot of damage that can be done. See Crystal Renn, Ali Michael, or more sadly, Ruslana Korshunova, among others.

That said, the frilliness and the fantasy, the creativity on display, and other parts of fashion are fun and the part I enjoy. The whole model as clothes hanger and not human being thing is something I don't; it's dehumanizing. Would also be nice to see a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, and heights out there. Celebrating that fun, creative aspect in a more human, relatable way.
posted by cmgonzalez at 6:11 PM on September 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nice post. :)

I've been wrangling press backstage at various Fashion Week shows for the last 6 days. I'll be very, very happy when it's all over in a day or two.
posted by zarq at 8:03 PM on September 15, 2009


Also, The Daily is probably an easier source for industry / fashion week news than WWD for the casual reader. Most of the content on WWD is for subscribers only.
posted by zarq at 8:07 PM on September 15, 2009


Donna Karen!
posted by debbie_ann at 3:54 AM on September 16, 2009


Not that impressed with Marc Jacobs's shows, but holy shit, Rodarte.
posted by oinopaponton at 4:57 AM on September 16, 2009


His Marc by Marc Jacobs was okay, but the other...oy

Rodarte is incredibly swampalicious, I would love to see video of that
posted by kathrineg at 9:23 AM on September 16, 2009


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