Fashion

Shock-and-Awe Fashion is Yesterday’s News

Fashion

Shock-and-Awe Fashion is Yesterday’s News

Balenciaga Lego shoe, Elle
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We may be living among a maelstrom of street style stars, but the most powerful names in fashion are staging a war against all that frill and frippery.”The particular circus around the shows is, to me, a bit of a comic mess at this point,” T Magazine editor-in-chief Sally Singer tells New York. “I see people who I know have borrowed clothes, who are purposely dressing in ways to get photographed, but are not expressive of themselves or of the season or of anything.” (The irony that she is telling this to Amy Odell, the very same reporter who perfected the street style logarithm, glitter booties and all, hopefully isn’t lost on Singer.)

Even Karl Lagerfeld agrees: “I don’t want to make costumes,” he says in an interview on Chanel.com. Despite Tuesday’s pre-fall presentation, which effectively brought the far east to Paris, he says, “Fashion is not about costumes. We are not in some retrospective or vintage game.” So pervasive is the backlash against shock-and-awe fashion, even Carrie Bradshaw’s candyman, Manolo Blahnik, is putting his foot down. “The gimmicky thing I’m not very keen on,” he told The New York Times. “I’ve never been tempted to do these hideous furniture shoes.”