Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What Were They Thinking?

Try walking through a crowded store with this baby

Now I’m not going to declare myself the great arbiter of taste. I’ve made my fair share of fashion mistakes, although I’m not going to mention them here. What gets me is when a designer makes a fashion mistake. Especially those designers or design houses that are known for classic style and clothes that we all covet. You can pick just about anyone and find a fashion faux pas or two. Today I will examine handbags.


Now I love a good handbag. I’m a particular fan of Dooney & Bourke because their style is simple, durable and at affordable prices. I have several that I rotate through to prolong their lives. I also love Chanel, who doesn’t? I’m particularly fond of the quilted bag that Chanel made ultra-famous. It’s a classic style that will last a lifetime. On the other hand the Chanel Hula Hoop bag will not. It is a huge monstrosity made from a hula hoop with a Chanel bag slung in the middle. Not only is it cumbersome, it’s downright ugly.


 Notice the blanket on the right...

The next entry in the ugly handbag competition comes courtesy of Dolce and Gabbana. It is an unassuming handbag made from Grandma’s crocheted blanket. Not that I have anything against Grandma’s crochet work, but this bag doesn’t look designer. I’m sure they were trying to capture that bohemian look of large colorful flowers found in crocheted blankets of the 60s and 70s, but it just didn’t translate. Instead you have an expensive handbag that looks like you dug it out of your mother’s closet and there was a reason she buried it there.


Last on the list is the Tom Ford Skunk fur bag. I’ve seen some fur handbags and I have to admit it’s hard to do right. If the fur gets too shaggy you end up looking like your dragging around road kill. You also don’t want to go anywhere near patchwork, too 70s streetwalker. Tom Ford used or mimicked the fur of a skunk for his bag and I have to say that’s just weird. Your mind tells you it’s smelly even though it’s not, plus the fur pattern is not that attractive. So basically I saw these handbags and thought I would ask the world “what were they thinking?” Although I should give them a break, it’s hard to come up with a winning design every time.
Did they actually capture, kill and skin a skunk for this bag?

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