Monday, September 18, 2006

Denim rants make classtime fly by

Ever notice how gaudy a lot of the stuff in the general fashion market has gotten lately?
I know I shouldn't be one to criticize, doing forward-thinking graphics, on T-shirts of all things, but c'mon, they are the perfect canvas.
Denim, on the other hand, has gotten more and more ridiculous in the last several months, what more the last couple of years. First the whole raw denim craze, which I personally have nothing against. Stiffies are always cool, having stiff pants just makes for better boner and other groin-embarassment concealment. Then there's the whole "selvedge/selvage/etc." nonsense. Pushing price points by explaining to potential customers that selvedge is superior and making it seem all fancy & desirable is ludicrous. Riiiiight. And lastly, but certainly not least, is the whole creating-brand-identity-via the back pockets. The forefathers got it right with simple arcuates and signature stitching. Nowadays though, the chumpetition go to ridiculously ugly extremes to set themselves apart, with such touches as painting gigantic and unappealing gulls (damn Evisu) down the full rear length of the pants, or the ever-popular "Look at the gay 7-colored dragon curled up all cute on my ass pocket" stitching, that if anything detracts from the craftsmanship that went into constructing the rest of the denim package.

Give me a break. Have some sense of style, utilize the whole "less is more" adage on some of your stuff. You don't need to come off as trying THAT hard.

And to those of you who may be quick to say that I am contradicting myself by saying what I have about subtlety, shirts have always been known to express personality and style, without going to extreme lengths. This is so because shirts are able to carry graphic content, whereas something like pants and shoes rely on other means such as fit and/or color blocking solely to distinguish the wearer's wants and needs.
Now if you'll please excuse me, I've stalled on classwork (again) for much too long. A bientot.