January 9, 2013

"The Best and Worst of the London Menswear Shows."

Not a joke. Or... tell me it's a joke....



I've complained a lot over the years about men in shorts, but this takes the cake:

48 comments:

AprilApple said...

The dude in the second photo has nice knees.

Donna B. said...

No amount of money or fame could make any man I know wear those shorts. Or the top or boots.

Thank God!

Donna B. said...

No... noooo, April. No he doesn't! His legs are altogether horrid to see.

dreams said...

Looks like a metrosexual to me.

Barry Dauphin said...

Just in time for the Krugman clown show.

dreams said...

He looks like a lesbian.

AprilApple said...

You don't like slim sexy milky knobby knees? Plus those flower petal shorts in the perfect shade of baby poop brown are just.... oh!

I'm kidding. That outfit is so terrible, there are no words.



AprilApple said...

Santa on a spring time stroll is interesting. At least he is comfortable in his PJ bottoms.

chickelit said...

"Fabulous"

All of them!

ampersand said...

Santa seems to be sporting an Al Gore look. Or maybe it's Al himself.

ddh said...

I'd call the first outfit "homeless" and the second "hopeless." Neither getup will ever be seen again on any man, living or dead.

Petunia said...

Bwahahahahahahahahaha! Did you see some of the other pictures?

The high-fashion industry: taken seriously by idiots and poseurs for decades.

traditionalguy said...

It's a joke alright. But at least a man wearing that has no place for concealed carry of a 357 Magnum. The Brits can stop their panic.

Tibore said...

"Not a joke. Or... tell me it's a joke...."

Perhaps it's an unintentional joke? That's the vibe I'm getting.

gadfly said...

Its the skinny legs, Ann. Now you know why men don't like female models without meat on their bones.

Send in the Clowns!

Freeman Hunt said...

A friend and I were shopping, and we found these gigantic, not by size but by roominess, linen clothes that looked like they were designed for a Merlin of hot climes.

"Who are these made for? Wizards?"
"They look very comfortable."
"Won't that be a wonderful thing about hitting extreme old age, that is, if we do."
"What?"
"If you're 95, you can wear anything you want. Anything! Who'd dare bother you about it? If I get to be that old, I'm going to wear this sort of thing everyday."

The first picture here reminded me of that conversation.

William said...

The shorts are not for everyone, but it's a look that Paul Krugman could pull off. It would add to his gravitas.

Freeman Hunt said...

Interesting that among these models the older men are so much better looking that the younger men.

wyo sis said...

Are you sure they aren't wearing those oldest leather shoe and skirts found in Armenia?

This is proof positive that designers don't just hate women.

gadfly said...

Remember that Paul Krugman got paid as an advisor to Enron - which amounted to his tacit approval of their "accounting alchemy" techniques.

Sleight-of-hand accounting or bogus billion dollar coin - whatever works to meet the big-picture financial objective. "What-me-worry as long as I don't get blamed" is certainly within Krugman's demonstrated ethics level.

Freeman Hunt said...

Krugman, Treasury Secretary, wearing that second oufit, flipping a trillion dollar platinum coin in the air.

mccullough said...

The guy in the second picture is three levels below androgynous. He makes Norman Bates look like Stanley Kowalski. He would look more masculine in culottes.

wyo sis said...

Who needs clown suits. Just support your local fashion designer.

bagoh20 said...

OK, so imagine there is a contest to make the ugliest outfit possible, and it's held right next to a standard fashion show like this. Do you think there is actually anyone who could reliably determine which show these outfits are designed for? I mean even the top fashion critics? I bet they couldn't do much better than 60% accurate. I bet some designs could win both contests.

David said...

It would be fun to see the models exchange costumes.

David said...

It would be fun to see the models exchange costumes.

edutcher said...

OK, now Ann's antipathy toward men in shorts makes eminent sense.

LTMG said...

Only things missing from the ruffly and frilly shorts ensemble are a lace ruff and lace cuffs. A lacy parasol wouldn't be out of place, either.

The white haired guy looks old enough to have enjoyed the fashions of Carnaby Street in 1960s London. These could have evolved into what he's wearing in the photo.

LTMG said...

Only things missing from the ruffly and frilly shorts ensemble are a lace ruff and lace cuffs. A lacy parasol wouldn't be out of place, either.

The white haired guy looks old enough to have enjoyed the fashions of Carnaby Street in 1960s London. These could have evolved into what he's wearing in the photo.

Fr Martin Fox said...

I really don't get the fashion industry. Very weird clothes, sometimes to the point of being humiliating and hallucinogenic; models who make anorexics look plump, and who are oddly ugly. None of it makes any sense.

Don't most people, even in the first world, buy clothes that are above all practical? Even women--aren't most of the clothes women buy, practical? Or are the people I know the exceptions? I really don't know.

Darrell said...

It doesn't matter--they'll LOVE it at The Sartorialist.

Wally Ballou said...

Mommm! Grandpa wore his pyjama pants to the mall again!

Guimo said...

Althouse has a shorts fetish methinks.

gerry said...

The flares call attention to THOSE legs?

jr565 said...

I blame the gays for that second outfit. That's a hate crime against my senses. Who can I sue?

jr565 said...

And the first one I blame on the homeless. That's a cross between Santa, the big Lebowski and a guy eating out of a garbage can. None of whom have stylish looks to begin with.

jr565 said...

The scary thing is those may not even be the worst ones. I just watched the slide show and seriously there is to one outfit that doesn't look like it was designed by a crazy person.

All the models have this really pissed look on their faces. And I uderstand because really, who would want to be caught dead in those clothes?

In retrospect the Santa/homeless look is actually one if the best outfits. And that's saying something.

Rory Moore said...

Thanks for the lulz, Prof. Althouse. Those two pictures made my day.

TMink said...

Metrosexual? Feh. He is dressed as a bottom.

Trey

jr565 said...

There's actually one guy wearing a shirt that says "please kill me".
I can't say what the intent is on this show but based on that one outfit, I have to think that this was either done as a joke or was an anti fashion show who's intent was to deliberately design clothes that people would never wear android make fun of.
This HAS to be a joke. If taken as such, then they did. A great job.

sabeth.chu said...

the please kill me thingy got stolen from the late lamented punk rock era.

sabeth.chu said...

in any case ---- after having viewed these pics i have decided not to believe it.

Methadras said...

This is the gayest shit I've seen to date.

John Orzechowski said...

I had one of those brain things when I saw the headline of this post. I thought it said "menswear shoes" and under it "tell me a joke". So here goes:

A man was going through the back of his closet when he came across an old sports coat. He says to himself, "Wow, I haven't worn this in years...I wonder if it still fits?" He tries it on, and lo and behold, it does still fit.

As he absentmindedly puts his hands in the pockets, he finds a ticket for some shoes he took in to get repaired. "Oh wow", he thinks, "I forgot all about these."

The next day as he is going to work he passes by the very same shoe repair place. On a lark, he decides to see if they still have his shoes. He walks in and says to the old proprietor, "This is going to sound crazy, but I found this ten year old ticket for some shoes, and I was wondering..." The old man takes the ticket, looks at it, and says, "Tuesday. They'll be ready on Tuesday."

southcentralpa said...

I'm guessing the second is for when the air conditioning at "Sprockets" is broken ....

Sam L. said...

All these fashions are for clowns.

Methadras said...

Fr Martin Fox said...

I really don't get the fashion industry. Very weird clothes, sometimes to the point of being humiliating and hallucinogenic; models who make anorexics look plump, and who are oddly ugly. None of it makes any sense.

Don't most people, even in the first world, buy clothes that are above all practical? Even women--aren't most of the clothes women buy, practical? Or are the people I know the exceptions? I really don't know.


Remember something Father Fox. Some of the most self-aggrandizing and ugliest people on earth are in the fashion industry. It's a strange vicarious assemblage of characters. Just not good looking people at all.

sydney said...

I think that first picture may just be Andrew Sullivan.