Originally Posted by brad-t
How can this be the "same collection" when this is Hedi's first womenswear collection?
We're so conditioned to expect some crazy level of artistry and esoterism in runway shows that it's easy to forget that they're ultimately for buyers and for press coverage, not art shows. Hedi didn't blaze any new trails but he released a very beautiful, very focused collection full of wearable clothing. Honestly, that's good to me. Maybe I'm just not intellectual enough to appreciate fashion on such a level, but I prefer good clothes over statements. I guess it's no coincidence that most of my favourite brands release variations on the same pieces every season ...
I don't think Hedi should be held accountable for others aping his aesthetic, anyway.
I think it's a bit dishonest and easy to insinuate that people that might not like this collection prefer statements over good clothes or that they can only enjoy fashion as something more cerebral, or that they want something esoteric or more spectacular (or even something totally new). It's an argument thrown around everytime we try to have a discussion about fashion outside the confines of pure commercialism and frankly it's just bullshit.
It doesn't need to be an art show (not that those aren't big business), but a runway collection is still a design affair before being a PR event, or it should be. That's why designer fashion is held to higher standards than high street fashion, and that's why things like references, context, coherence... matter.
Hedi should be held accountable for acting like we're still in 2000something, being seemingly totally oblivious to what happened in fashion since and mostly for his mega hype train (which is mainly responsible for the virulence of today's reviews I think).