23
Jun
11

Reed Krakoff

Just read this article about this new “designer” and his newest project.

Here’s a slide show of his newest collection.

IMHO: The clothes are boxy, shapeless, and unappealing. It’s quite clear that his years at Coach have directly influenced his artistic aesthetic, and I can’t help but think he’d be better off sticking to designing utilitarian handbags rather than clothes. He’s apparently quite enamored of his wife, a “gamine French” woman, but I can’t imagine that even she would look good in these outfits.

Some questions for Mr. Krakoff:

Is the point of the gray sheer blouse just that we be grateful for the pockets?

As opposed to this:

Now I’ll be the first to admit that she does have firm, beautiful breasts, and I’m not such a cretin that I don’t understand that fashion is supposed to be as much about “art” as it is about “clothes,”  but aren’t you also supposed to be able to actually wear the clothes without getting arrested?

And what’s up with the blacksmith’s apron?

All she needs is one of those masks.

And how about these for pure fashion hideousness?

It’s a box, it’s a paper-towel tube, it’s _____________________!

These clothes don’t even fit her. The shirt looks like something cut for a 10-year old, the pants fit awkwardly across her “hips,” and the length, especially paired with the clod-hopper shoes, just doesn’t work.  What Mr. Krakoff doesn’t seem to realize is that if the clothes look this bad on a model, noone’s going to buy them, unless, maybe they feel they have something to prove.

I can’t find prices on the website, so I have no idea what Mr. Krakoff is charging for these beauties, but I’m sure I could find a Catholic-school uniform shirt at a Kmart, and a pair of my son’s outgrown dress pants in my basement and let you have them for, say, $150. Is it a deal?

And is there maybe an elusive yet compelling aesthetic reason that the model be generally unattractive AND bowlegged? Just wondering.


1 Response to “Reed Krakoff”


  1. 1 jule1
    July 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I am in 100% agreement that these clothes are ugly. It seems to me that most designers include something sheer in their collections on the runways, but as you said, the general public can’t wear them. Although since it’s acceptable for one’s bra to show, I guess you could always display your pretty undergarments — seeing as thongs make frequent appearances these days. Just Saturday outside a Target I saw a rather large woman in a semi-sheer, light colored shirt with a black bra on underneath — I’d say it was clearly meant to show through.

    Being plus-sized I get a kick out of looking through catalogs and seeing plus-sized models in clothing that makes even them (at size 14) look “big” (because otherwise they don’t look like large women at all). I wonder why I would want to buy something that makes the model look huge? Same thing here, I think. If these clothes look boxy on this very, very thin young woman, who in the world would they look good on?!

    Let’s hope this is his first and last collection.


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