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Designs that we can’t digest

Did you know that frills and layers look good only if you have a slim frame? Common sense, yes? But it seems that that’s what’s lacking in some people when it comes to their personal wardrobe.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 09, 2010 19:22 IST
Vinod Nair

Did you know that frills and layers look good only if you have a slim frame? Common sense, yes? But it seems that that’s what’s lacking in some people when it comes to their personal wardrobe.

To make things a bit more complicated, some of our fashion designers who should be advising people what will look good on them perhaps aren’t doing their job well. Or, is it that people are so over-ambitious that they think everything will look good on them?

Some time back, I was at this do at The Emporio mall in Delhi. Amongst several others there was this fashion designer, too. While we were talking, a hideously dressed socialite (money bag, but when it comes to dressing sense she scores a perfect zero. Fitted dress mostly and no body to carry it off) happened to pass by and to my horror, the designer turned around and said, “Heyy, you look fabulous!”

“What a blatant lie, how could you say that to her? In that dress she could pass off a vertically-positioned dolphin,” I protested. The designer gave me a bleak smile. She had nothing to say. The lady (rather her husband) is so rich that all this designer wanted was to keep her smile going and hope she would go to her and buy more stuff.

Then there’s this designer couple. Whenever I see them, I look at the lady designer and sigh. Why on earth is she wearing such outfits that make people laugh at her? She is about 80 kg (if not more) and is in her mid 40s. She’s neither slim, nor medium. She’s heavy. But wears the tiniest of outfits (mid-thigh stuff). She’s big, but wears cleavage-showing outfits. She is a fashion designer (okay, she makes Indian wear, so what?) and the last thing I expect from a fashion designer is to make people go to them by just looking at them, not run away. And there are a few more who fit into this description…

These are the times I am forced to think that if those who are supposed tell people what are the ideal outfits for them to wear depending on their age and body structure themselves choose to wear such outfits that can make people run for cover, where exactly are they heading to in terms of their fashion direction?

My guess is that it’s not going anywhere. I always felt that those who dress well and percolate their personal style down to their collections have always done well for themselves. I think that’s important when it comes to racer-sharp styles and good collections.

Luckily, in this aspect, we have in our midst more of better-dressed designers than like the ones sited above. That’s a relief for sure. However, it’s strange that our eyes always fall more on the hideous ones rather than the well-dressed. Perhaps we have to make an effort to look away next time when one appears in front of us!
vnair@hindustantimes.com