If you’ve wondered what 16 months of lockdown would do to the narcissistic personality types who work in fashion, the answer is here.
Vogue recently ran a slideshow of the menswear shows in Paris, and the anarchic outfits validate everything said by Edward Gibbon, Camille Paglia and everyone else who’s ever opined about the chaos that ensues when traditional norms are trampled underfoot by platform boots.
You can find the 150-image slideshow here. It’s difficult to select the most outrageous outfit, since each is more improbable than the last, but these should give you the gist:
Needless to say, the slideshow got me thinking. About a lot of things, actually, but let’s pick one.
Say a trad guy — you, for example — were sent by Ivy Style to cover the Paris menswear shows. You hear that the latest trend is “anything goes” and you want to keep in the spirit of things, but you also want to stay true to yourself, so you come up with the idea of wearing the ultimate go-to-hell outfit. What would it be?
Here’s what I came up with:
Lug-soled bit loafers with Black Watch tartan pajama bottoms cut off at the knee to show lederhosen
Critter belt, white OCBD unbuttoned with collar pin, patchwork madras tie
Vintage alpaca cardigan under a motorcycle jacket under a rowing blazer
Bucket hat, Wayfarers, wife’s purse
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