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Menswear: Denis Colomb F/W 2010

October 27, 2010

[L-A: you know what? I think we’re going to promote Anthony to full time contributor. We’ll still have guest bloggers, but he’s going above and beyond. And if you saw the week I’m in the middle of, you’d know why we need staffers. Yay! Unpaid staff!]

Anthony: It’s time for another foray into menswear and today’s entry is just confusing. I am all for experimentation with forms of fashion, but this is just lazy. Touted as one of the hottest designers in cashmere – because there’s a specialty your mother will be proud of – is Denis Colomb. This array of fabric seems to have draped its way into the hearts of those apparently more in tune with design than I am.

Denis Colomb Fall/Winter 2010

Denis Colomb is an architect turned designer and has created a “super-stylish lifestyle and knitwear label” which has become renowned for cashmere pieces. Their words, totally not mine. I suppose the quotation marks gave it away.

You would think that a clothing line from an architect would be based upon precision and construction, potentially creating some of the most universal pieces in menswear since Tom Ford revolutionized the suit.

Why. Are. You. So. Handsome?

However, Denis Colomb decided to go an “alternate” route – my word not theirs. The placement of quotations and tone of sarcasm is a delicate dance.

Just look at these things.

Come see the softer side of Sears.

I guess I wasn’t conscious when they decided that the words “tarp” and “jacket” could be used interchangeably. Sure, the “pieces” are 100% cashmere but does that really validate the choice to completely abandon structure? Actually, I take back those snarky quotation marks because these really are just pieces of fabric. This collection looks like the work of an anaemic Jedi Knight who was too busy using the Force to PVR Project Runway to throw a stitch together. How are these at all functional? Who is going to wear this around town, outside of brave men who work in the fashion industry? Unless I’m ready to take on an evil Empire with a garish haircut as my only defence, I do NOT need one of these.

Furthermore, who needs to spend that much on a robe? Let’s call a spade a spade here, these are robes. I think I’ll just pop into the mall and pick up a Snuggie for less than $25. That way I’m saving money and gaining some trend cred. Colomb couldn’t do half the things the Snuggie has done for leisure leopard print home furnishings.

I just can't deal with this.

Must Have Accesory: A lightsabre.

I always thought Star Wars could have benefited from Ewan's singing voice.

This is one of the main reasons why I do not look to fashion houses for new wardrobe pieces. How could I bring myself to buy one of these? It’s a bloody blanket! I think the lesson here is that clearly not all up and coming styles are going to be functional and act more as an expression of the craft of garment making. Personally, I take my style from what I know and what I like and that, my friends, is a tip and a trick.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristine permalink
    October 28, 2010 4:14 pm

    Hahaha. Yay for Anthony becomming a full blogger!

    Your take on clothing always cracks me up.

    • October 29, 2010 8:44 am

      I have to say, I’m flattered by this promotion – and I can’t wait to drop some more snark bombs in the future. Thanks!

  2. the purist permalink
    December 4, 2010 5:46 am

    you are absolutely ignorant, how dare you mock the work of such a great creative in such a demeaning manner? clearly you have no desire to analyze how these clothes were conceived but rather label them as weird and unconventional, rather lazy of you i must say. although i do not expect anything from a mediocre ‘blogger’ who believes he or she can revolutionize the world with their ‘particular’ views on fashion. how can you describe that you’ve never experienced? you are to blame for the diminishing value of clothes in our society, the eraadication of true style and the true essence of design.

    • L-A permalink*
      December 4, 2010 8:40 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts on our blog! However, we’re not trying to revolutionize anything. We don’t even claim to be experts on anything in particular, we just write about what we like and don’t like. I didn’t think it was necessary to add a disclaimer, but part of Anthony’s style as a a humourist, not as a fashion expert.

      Taste is subjective and Anthony’s taste didn’t extend to liking this collection. That doesn’t mean the collection shouldn’t exist or that the designer isn’t a true artiste working within a grander tradition of design. It just means Anthony hates it. Kind of like how you hate our blog.

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