I think SoCal's latest was pretty damn cool. The difference there was that the pieces looked remarkable and different from what the average joe is wearing. I hope that SoCal works on his casual schlepping garb then... F2B's points about "the trained eye" are irrelevant and too philosophical. ("Oooh, look mommy his undershirt is by Jil Sander, I can tell by the the hem at the neckline! or Ooh that's a Tim Hamilton piece that cost $3,000 last season, I'm so impressed!) Here's the thing, if one is going to spend a lot of money on clothes, the intent should be to be both stylish and beautiful. Yes, a t-shirt is a t-shirt, but a t-shirt can be beautiful, too. If a designer is producing something that is aesthetically delinquent, then why buy it just because you like the designer? These guys are just as cynical and out for your money as the next businessman, and I seriously doubt that Yohji himself is sewing or even designing your T-shirt that you purchased for $240.00. Ultimately it is your decision whether or not the piece is lovely and worthy of merit, but do not be blinded by brand allegiance and be aware that your taste might be off that day. Human conceptions of beauty are far more universal than you'd like to think (note the consistent rounds of applause for Berlin Report or GetSmart). Posters here can sometimes fall under criticism, and sometimes under great acclaim, but that's part of the fun, right? SoCal might like those 90s jeans or giant blue coat, but he should be wary of consensus as his fashion snob friends might shudder at him when he appears in public ; ) *edit* as LaGuy pointed out, I'll at least give him credit for that coat's color!