Category Archives: Faux Pas

Fashion Faux Pas — Inappropriate Appropriation by Raf Simons of Calvin Klein

The Debrief recently uncovered a rip-off look at New York’s SS 2018 fashion week. A zippered cape-jacket with a drawstring waist ‘designed’ by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein looked remarkably like a line for line reproduction of Bonnie Cashin’s Body Container jacket … Continue reading

Posted in fashion industry, Faux Pas | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Fashion Faux Pas – Jeans into dresses

Cute idea or fashion disaster? A pair of high-waisted jeans turned upside down and contoured to fit the figure may look like a cute idea in this c. 1980 fashion illustration, but even with the fly undone, it is going … Continue reading

Posted in Faux Pas | Leave a comment

WTF — What the Fashion?

We aren’t even half way through 2017 and some of the worst fashions have descended upon us this year. On the good side, these fashion disasters are the only news stories that can even begin to compete with the Trump presidency: … Continue reading

Posted in Fashion, Faux Pas | 3 Comments

Fashion Faux Pas – Leggings

I’m weighing in on the prudish site – leggings are not pants – they are footless tights and inappropriate for wearing outside in daylight unless the crotch and buttocks are covered by a top. 550 years ago, it was men … Continue reading

Posted in Faux Pas | Tagged | Leave a comment

Fashion Faux Pas – 2002

Fashion reached a new low 15 years ago when there was a hooker chic look consisting of overly tight everything with overly pointy-toed boots, laced up tops, low rise bell bottom jeans and micro minis or hot pants that looked like … Continue reading

Posted in Fadshions, Faux Pas | 2 Comments

Why we wear clothes?

I don’t normally comment on who wore what at events anymore because I don’t want to judge others, but after seeing some of the Grammy outfits this year I have to wonder what has happened to good taste. Clothes are … Continue reading

Posted in Faux Pas | 2 Comments

Wit Knits

I am stealing these images from Messy Nessy Chic because they are too good not to! These illustrations come from a 1986 English knitting book entitled Wit Knits – and modelled by British celebrities (at the time) including Joanna Lumley:

Posted in Fadshions, Faux Pas | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Pop(can) fashions

In 1975, the Creative American Craft Series published a pamphlet of pop and beer can crochet fashions created by Evelyn Richardson of Long Beach, California. If you REALLY want to make some up, you can buy a facsimile of the … Continue reading

Posted in Fadshions, Faux Pas | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Trompe l’oeil…

Apparently I like trompe-l’oeil, I seem to copy images to my photo bank when I find them: Added July 18: Gucci just did a collection for S/S 2016 that uses Tromp l’oeil:

Posted in Fadshions, Faux Pas | 4 Comments

His and Hers

Before unisex styling in the late 1960s, there was a dalience with His & Hers fashions that began in the 1940s and lasted into the 1960s, usually in the form of holiday sportswear – Hawaiian shirts and dresses, and bathing suits.

Posted in Faux Pas, gender | Leave a comment