here begins a lesson in dichotomy.
the mens's runways are breaking down into two camps.
safe, almost predictably saleable clothing
padded with "twists" that designers claim will make them distinct
even if they are another gray suit/camelhair coat,
and generally list to the styling trick over truly designed difference . . .
the outre, "how do i really wear that", moments,
sprinkled slightly with wearable and covetable pieces.
this is not a discourse in cutting edge vs. mainstream.
this is a struggle major designers are having in an area
that was seeing an explosion of creativity and sales
unlike any in decades,
and is now hard hit by the economy
and trying to figure out HOW safe to play it.
witness dries van noten,
one of the true, constant inventors of our time:
MEH, i say, MEH.
he is a few safety pins, sunglasses, and cute models
away from a mall store.
what does it say when all you want to take from a runway show
are some acetate frames,
and some cheekbones?