With all these heavy and serious and moralistic posts I’ve realised I could be at risk of becoming that SJW in the corner of the party whose preaching no one wants to listen to anymore.
Sometimes you need a break from despairing at the damage the fashion industry is doing to the planet/animals/minorities/marginalised groups/women’s self esteem etc etc (oops, there I go again…). Sometimes, you just need to laugh.
So, I’m going off script with something lighter, some meaningless fluff. (It’s a listicle for Pete’s sake. What’s more meaningless and light and fluffy than a listicle?)
Presenting: Seven really dumb clothing items I’ve come across recently.
I’m not talking about the sometimes ridiculous looking, highly conceptual, highly impractical/unwearable haute couture that’s more like artwork made solely for runway shows and museum exhibits (à la Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Comme des Garcons).
I’m talking about items of ‘ready to wear’ fashion – stuff that you and I, the average joe, can buy right now and wear down the street tomorrow. Things that make you stop and say ‘who the heck thought THAT was a good idea?’.
Apparently, these “Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans… embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”
Sadly, these are now sold out but click here for a rundown of the rest of Nordstrom’s manual-labor-chic collection.
It seems silly pants are having a ‘moment’ right now, with Topshop recently releasing these ‘MOTO Clear Panel Mom Jeans’ (US$95).
And because the response to their clear panel jeans was so positive, Topshop swiftly followed up with these ‘MOTO Classic Plastic Straight Leg Jeans’ (US$59.88).
But what about some pants to wear around the house? That’s what these Kanye West x Adidas tracksuit pants are for. A steal at just $575.
At number five is another comfy, casual piece: the ‘DHL shirt’ from Vetements.
Nope, that’s not official DHL merchandise – you can buy an official DHL t-shirt directly from the company for less than $10 (if, for some reason, you actually wanted to buy the merchandise of a freight company..?). The yellow cotton t-shirt in the image above was ‘designed’ by Vetements and retailed for AU$330 before it sold out in a matter of weeks.
Number 6 isn’t one particular design but an entire new fashion label called ‘Homeless,’ which sells things like the ‘Homeless Hoodie’ (US$80) and the ‘Change Please’ tin mug (US$25) :
Yes, that’s a brand new shoe. Yes, that is duct tape. Yes, five hundred and eighty five US dollars, you read that right.
What do you think?
What’s your favourite item from the list?
Back next week with another heavy dose of fashion ethics! Because you can’t hide from the truth, people. Even if listicles are more fun.