A new fashion item has been introduced into the fashion world bringing the way we dress to a new low. It’s a natural addition to the array of comfortable, shleppy staples that Americans have increasingly embraced over the past decade. What could this item be, joining the ranks of fleece hoodies, Ugg boots, outdoor pajamas, wearable bath towels and yoga wear? A blanket, of course! Yup, people are draping blankets over their shoulders, around their necks, wearing them outdoors in winter 2015. Why do you ask? Because they’re warm, comfy and elevated loungewear. After all, the Snuggy burst onto the market as the ultimate blankie complete with sleeves and became the couch potato uniform par excellence.
I was peevish when I spotted those ‘blanket statements‘ on the runway last January/February. But when my friend, designer Jamie Kreitman, draped her Fashion Cozy around my shoulders one cold afternoon, I felt awash in comfort and serenity. It was that warm feeling akin to swallowing an Oxycontin with a glass of red wine.
Surely, at first glance when you’d see a woman wearing a blanket and think “Oh my God, are you REALLY wearing a BLANKET?!!” Yet, this is what makes fashion so damn exciting each season. The genius of designers is how they adapt a prosaic item into a wearable, edgy and coveted piece. Or conversely you might be thinking “How much lower can fashion sink when blankets become designer runway statements?”
As I sat warm and cozy, I pondered, “is it acceptable to sit in front of my computer assessing the Haute Couture shows in Paris swaddled in a blanket?” You BET’CHA! Keep in mind that it isn’t just the blanket that matters, but the entire look. Though the models sashay down the runway in outfits made of precious fabrics with luscious hand-embroidered details, it is the accessories, the headpieces and hats that make me swoon. I may not be sitting front row with Anna at the couture showings, but still…my head is veiled, my tweed knitted armwarmers sparkle, and my feet are shod in shiny Miu Miu patent leather sneakers. Things could be worse, I could be sitting in a onesie and a Snuggy.
Let’s talk couture.
My heart sank when I saw these Chanel knit beanies. Ils sont magnifiques.
The entire show and collection is spectacular. It took 6 months to create the magical, mechanical, paper garden set. Please watch the live Chanel Haute Couture 2015 show here.
DRUM ROLL: My favorite dress from Couture Fashion Week is by Chanel.
I can’t leave you without featuring items from couture week’s cackling unforgettable crescendo.
Until then, A bientôt mes amis.
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