Thursday, November 20, 2008
Hammertime! You knew that was coming. Now that it's out of our systems...Let's talk harem pant.
Work with me here. Just for a minute suspend your disbelief that designers would actually have women wearing pants that look like saggy, soiled diapers. Forget the "I Dream of Jeannie" references. And, forget fashion editors' unflattering nickname for the pants -- "drop crotch."
Let's start at the beginning. The story goes something like this: Designers go to Paris and see Parisian fashion journalist wearing to-die-for pants with a crotch so low that if the wearer spread her legs far enough apart, attached a string, and summoned a strong gust of wind...we're human kite flying.
Back to the states, mix with some pleats, or maybe a banded hem...eureka! A New York Fashion Week star is born.
At best, in a sea of skinnies, boots, wides, bells...designers were trying to give us something different. At worst, they're making a mockery of our common sense by giving us something that wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't be flattering in any light..or could it?
I'm going to be perfectly honest here and risk being pelted by the masses -- I kind of dig some of them.
I don't see how the genie ones with the banded ankles could conjure up anything but visions of Barbara Eden. Or, the ones with the ridiculously exaggerated crotch where the fabric literally stretches from ankle to ankle, which (oddly) makes me think of straining custard through a cheesecloth.
But, there are the more tailored, skinnier ones that have a reasonable drop crotch (did I just say "reasonable drop crotch"?), which gives the style a masculine appeal. Actress Dianne Kruger was recently spotted on more than one occasion -- a la 3.1 Phillip Lim -- droppin' it like it's hot.
Still not convinced? Neither is anyone else. Runway doesn't always make sense in real life. So, for now, just sit back, relax with your crotch resting happily where it belongs, and see what happens.
Hey, if all else fails, we can always just blame it on the French.