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September 23, 2011  | by: Martha Adjei

Questionable Designs from the Runway

My left-brain gets the best of me sometimes when pieces like these “make it” to Fashion Week. Did the designers have designer’s block, or are these pieces what I like to call, Confusion-chic? These designers are my favorites, so I took it upon myself to figure out what each of them was thinking when they designed each piece.

1.Bumsuk Choi: Flannel Pajamachic. Dress to impress, even when you’re hitting the sack. Perfect for the man who hates “putting on real clothes,” you’ll be ready for dream world and the club with this checkered ensemble. Take off the nightcap, replace it with a fedora and you’re good to go.

2.Helen Yarmak:Back to the Stone Age. This sleeveless fur coat reminds me of something a cave woman would wear, with a pink update, of course. I’m not sure I’m feeling the carpet-like texture, or the raw-looking edges on the armholes. Not to mention the oversized zipper, which is even more of a distraction.  I’m glad Yarmak has celebrity clientele, because I can’t picture anyone off the street in a get-up like this.

Chado's Most Talked-about Piece

3.Chado Ralph Rucci: Birds of a Feather, Sewn Together. I can’t say I’m a fan of Rucci’s robust, cream-colored creation. The layered fabric for the skirt is gorgeous, but I’m not sure why the same lacy material covers her shoulders with an awkward “blank space” for her chest, which reminds me of a skinned peacock. I guess Rucci’s genius is a little too abstract for me.

4.DKNY: Oversized A-Line: We’ve been wearing oversized tees for a couple years now, so Donna Karan’s new design is so ten seconds ago. Yes, the A-line gives it an elegant flare, but I feel like I can get the same effect if I put on one of my dad’s old work shirts. Sorry Donna, but this shirt-dress isn’t working for me.

Maybe I was a little harsh.  These designers are at the top of the game for a reason, usually because they’ve made fashion history in some way or another.  But you can’t be an apparel genius all the time.  You can’t have the sunshine without the rain.  Likewise, you can’t have the masterpieces without the mediocre, or else you wouldn’t have anything to compare it to.

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