Sometimes when I’m reading through what the designers are quoted as saying regarding their collections I am baffled. Many times what they intend and what they are showing has a significant chasm between them that no amount of explaining can bridge. I’m writing this little blip here today because I feel like I cannot be the only one out here (on the sidelines of the industry) who is seeing this and thinking WTF? I was moved to type by this latest statement by designer, Natasha Zinko. She said, “Resort dressing should be easy,” and then proceeded to show the following looks in her Resort 2018 collection :
I understand that styling is all about attitude, but it is also about intent. This is the designers opportunity to show their clothes in a vacuum where they control the environment, the girl, the pose even the light. This is their chance to sell you on the fantasy. That being said, how in this hell does this evoke easy? Does anyone else get easy from layering daisy dukes over slashed open jeans? Lets let that sink in – 2 pairs of jeans; two metal zippers and two brass snaps, two sets of pockets, front and back. Easy?? And what the hell, why not toss on that bustier?? Over a tee shirt…EASY!
I know the backless sweater is a thing, its purely fashion no function blah blah blah, I get it. But this kind of fashion – non functioning fashion is by definition the type of dressing that makes fashion so intimidating. How do you wear this? You have to take into account how your back is going to look, what is going to show through there, and if nothing at all (the easiest of all possible outcomes) you had better have a chest that requires no support and a toned back like this genetically gifted professional model. This isn’t just not “easy” it requires planning in advance.
And finally, patent leather. Not just patent leather mind you but a patent leather bustier. Because nothing says “easy” like a bustier, unless you’re Grace Jones. Easy ,Breezy, Bustier! Said no one ever.
Baffled. Just. Baffled