Fashion or Folly?

Though Haute Couture is expected to be unconventional, every season we can count on a handful of designers to come up with some pretty wacky collections that no trend forecaster could have foreseen. Some are dangerous to the wearer, and others are down right repulsive. But at what point does fashion become so ridiculous to the point where it can no longer be considered fashion. Sure, there is Avant Garde fashion, but some of the pieces that fall under this category may be more appropriate for an art gallery rather than the runway. In an industry that depends so heavily on what is “in” and “out,” where do these outrageous outfits stand? Take a look at some of this year’s most bizarre  runway looks and share what you think. Fashion or folly?

Jeremy Scott’s Fall 2013 collection included an assortment of cartoony patterns that hinted at male adolescence. The looks had a grungy vibe going on – and then came the gorilla suit. A model stepped out practically covered head to toe in thick black hair, separated by a green monster/alien  printed midsection. I am unaware of any human being who can pull off such a look.

Jeremy Scott runway
Jeremy Scott at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Jeremy Scott runway show
Jeremy Scott at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Jeremy Scott fashion show
Jeremy Scott at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Threeasfour went a more futuristic route this past NY Fashion Week, using odd silhouettes with shell-like ornamentation. The blue lips definitely added an eerie element.

Threeasfour fashion show
Threeasfour at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Threeasfour fashion show
Threeasfour at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Threeasfour fashion show
Threeasfour at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Thom Brown’s Fall 2013 collection was reminiscent of the Victorian age- it reminded me a bit of Alice in Wonderland. The silhouettes were over the top with exaggerated shoulders and hips, creating an element of fantasy. But the  rectangular shapes of some of the coats may have resembled playing cards a little too closely.

Thom Browne fashion show runway
Thom Browne at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Thom Browne fashion show
Thom Browne at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Thom Browne fashion show
Thom Browne at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Asher Levine created a rather disturbing look for his Spring 2013 collection, which included a disturbing, dark red, skin-like mask.

Asher Levine fashion show
 Asher Levine – Runway – Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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