Fashion

What Do You See? Non-Fashion-Critics Weigh In On Our Favorite Looks

Fashion

What Do You See? Non-Fashion-Critics Weigh In On Our Favorite Looks

Danielle Forest, project manager with NYEHAUS, on SAINT LAURENT Spring 2014.">
“With the blood constricted to his brain, the confused star of Kassel's critically acclaimed Notre Jour Viendra got lost IRL on his way to Ireland and landed on the runway. Angry, but not deterred, he channeled the Boss (once married to a redhead) and found confidence in queen bee Grace Coddington swearing to remain in refugee Ateliers forever.”

-Danielle Forest, project manager with NYEHAUS, on SAINT LAURENT Spring 2014.
JACQUEMUS Fall 2013.">
“The girl in the middle looks like Sandrine Bonnaire circa 1985, wearing clothes that could have been featured in the Face circa 1995. In other words, this is perfect.”

-Naomi Fry, writer, on JACQUEMUS Fall 2013.
Bad Day, on RAF SIMONS Spring 2014.">
“As Roland Barthes has pointed out, the dandy is in the details. In the squared toe of the shoe, the single-panel collar pop of blue, the referential abstracted art on a perfectly shrunken sweater, an obscured pocket-book novel peeking out from the exacting schoolboy uniform — while defeating all theoretical uniformity — these ‘discreet signs’ ensure distinction is delivered on both levels. Subtleties that create the idealism within the ideal: skinny insider-boys with all the world at their fingertips.”

-Jackie Linton, publisher at Bad Day, on RAF SIMONS Spring 2014.
Walter Scott, artist, on DIOR Fall 2013 Couture.">
“I never pulled the skin off my Furby because that probably would have been too much for me during that part of my life ie: I had a Furby.”

-Walter Scott, artist, on DIOR Fall 2013 Couture.
MARTINE ROSE Spring 2014.">
“This insouciant little brother was there and back just. And now upon his oldest sister's DIY disco transporter plinth feeling somewhat misoriented since his book bag and slim white jeans evidently both space-timed out. ‘Come back!’ the Caterpillar called after her. ‘I’ve something important to say!’”

-Ian Duncan, internet architect and author’s father, on MARTINE ROSE Spring 2014.
Jeremy Gordon, writer and editor, regular contributor at BULLETT, on ANNA-SOPHIE BERGER’s “Fashion is Fast” collection, 2013.">
“Charity marathons are for a good cause, sure, but the sweating is such a bad look and outside of color coordination, there isn't much to do with a tank top and pair of trainers. Want to get some attention? This week's hot look has the number identifying you as a runner, the backpack to carry your Nalgene, and the bright pastels and impractical shoes that announce, ‘Here I am, world, looking fly during this fundamentally stupid activity.’ You will constantly trip and possibly not even finish, but all eyes will be on you.”

-Jeremy Gordon, writer and editor, regular contributor at BULLETT, on ANNA-SOPHIE BERGER’s “Fashion is Fast” collection, 2013.

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Durga Polashi, writer, inspiration, on MAISON MARTIN MARGIELE Fall 2013 Couture.">
"Nothing like Bruegel blues and reds to keep it Peasant... sorry Pleasant!"

-Durga Polashi, writer, inspiration, on MAISON MARTIN MARGIELE Fall 2013 Couture.

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Charles Reinhardt, contributor to Maclean’s and Jacobin, music editor at Volume One Brooklyn, on PRADA Spring 2014.">
"This guy looks like he is wearing professional pajamas – the pants are loose, and that's basically a smoking jacket. I think the fashion industry is preparing us for the dystopian future when the dividing line between sleepwear and office wear finally disappears. This is the uniform of someone who has to teleconference at a moment’s notice, day or night (hence the office-on-top, pajamas-on-bottom look). I'm not sure what's in his hand, but it looks like it could be used to fight off the starving unemployed hordes he encounters during his brief trips outside his home office.”

-Charles Reinhardt, contributor to Maclean’s and Jacobin, music editor at Volume One Brooklyn, on PRADA Spring 2014.
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It’s time again to play my favorite game, What Do You See?, wherein non-fashion-critics weigh in on high fashion looks!

Here’s how you play:
Step 1. The Game Master (that’s me) sends her players (here, friends and colleagues, natch) three fashion images with no anchorage (no seasons, designer name, etc.).
Step 2. The players select one out of the three images and then responds with an answer to this simple Rorschach test: What Do You See?
Step 3. Laughter, applause, camaraderie.

This round, things got a little twisted. Instead of just any fashion image, I sent my volunteers those from the top of my downloads folder, the ones I’m saving for personal inspiration. I was curious to know whether they would love what I love, see what I see. What I learned: nothing really viz. my taste in fashion, but I was reminded that I have great taste in friends #wickedsmart.