Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mr. Basler's Worst Women's Fashions of the Year

"Yeah, it makes your butt look big; worst women's fashions of the year…"
Robert Basler, Oddly Enough blog, Reuters (December 9, 2010)

"It was a year when models hit the international fashion runways looking like kitchen utensils, nutcrackers, forest creatures and, well, the recently deceased.

"You know it was a bad year in fashion when my blog item that was headlined 'The worst dress in the history of Earth?' barely makes it onto my Top 10 Worst Fashions list.

"And yes, you know it was a very, very bad year in women's fashion when the hottest new model featured in this blog was Hulga Fekrat...."

That's Hugla, next to the headline, by the way. At least, the photo's file name is "worst-womens-hulga-200.jpg," and the one next to this paragraph is "fekrat-240-vertical1.jpg."

Imagine that you've been working late. Walking to your car, you turn a corner: and Hulga is waiting for you.

An explanation for why someone thought it would be a good idea to make a model look like an extra in Star War's Mos Eisley Cantina - and let the result be photographed - may be connected to an answer to a greater question: Why do fashion shows exist?

Anyway, this Oddly Enough post employs the familiar 'countdown' format for its list of "10 worst fashion creations" list, from "The worst dress in the history of Earth?" in tenth place, to number one: "All of you girls are named Bambi?"

The Lemming previously micro-reviewed the tenth-place post: "Flying Cucumber? Psychedelic Skyrocket? Dress?!" (July 26, 2010)) The cucumber's wings move, by the way.

Then there's this - thing - that reminds the Lemming of visions evoked by bad mushrooms, back in the sixties. It's from the third-from-the-bottom entry in Mr. Basler's list. Another 'creation' displayed in that post suggests that its designer suffered a traumatic childhood experience involving an umbrella and a taco.

Which reminds the Lemming of this excerpt from David S. Zondy's Tales of Future Past website:

"When evolution went 'huh?' I have no idea what is going on here. Our heroes seem to be confronted with a pair of men from a planet where calamari and pancakes developed intelligence and then committed crimes against nature...."
("Tales of the Stars," Tales of Future Past)

The Lemming's bridge from baking-foil fashion and taco couture is probably the food angle. Being ADHD-inattentive helps. ("Brilliant, Talented, and On Medication," A Catholic Citizen in America (November 30, 2010))

Back, with a shudder, to the depths of high fashion.

Maybe it's foil gift wrap, not colored baking foil.

Anyway, here's number one on Mr. Basler's list. Among the fashions of 2010, this may indeed be the bottom of the heap:

Unique 2010 Autumn/Winter collection during London Fashion Week, February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
(from Oddly Enough, Reuters, used w/o permission)
Antlers. It's from the "Unique 2010 Autumn/Winter collection during London Fashion Week, February 20, 2010." But - WHY?!

The Lemming thinks that Mr. Basler had, as he implied, a difficult task: selecting which flotsam from psychological shipwrecks were nearest the nadir.

Finally, here's that baking foil/gift wrap wonder again, contrasted with an umbrella-and-taco nightmare in black:

left, a creation by designer Dimitris Dassios during fashion week in Athens March 27, 2010-REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis; right, a creation by Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada during Georgian Fashion Week in Tbilisi March 28, 2010-REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
(from Oddly Enough, Reuters, used w/o permission)

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2 comments:

Brigid said...

Maybe the antler bit was so that those poor, under-nourished girls could finally hear a guy tell them that they had an impressive rack.

Sorry. Bad joke. I know. I'll leave now.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Brigid.

>ouch< ;)

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