Fashion Week: Bland is the New Black

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is the fahion week in the big city, and the Manolo he is the very busy man. However, many of the Manolo’s internet friends they have been doing the exemplary coverage of the shows and the clothes.

The Barney’s Girl and the Herrod’s Girl they have been analyzing several of the shows, including that of the Marc Jacobs.

Lera the Fashion Addict notes that the trends for the spring they are the beige, the empire waists, and the short shorts.

The Bunnyshop she is bored with this season. (And here the Manolo he must partly agree. Beige?)

The Fashionologie she also says that bland is the word. Although, like the Manolo, she gives the qualified props to the Project Alabama, but not to the Marc Jacobs soundtrack.

The Brittney Ancell, until she saw the spring-colored show of the Temperly she was “worried that everyone was going to be walking around in ill-fitted, neutral-hued clothing next year.”

The Girls at the Papier, they expend much energy getting into the shows, so as to be amazed by the Diane von Furstenberg.

And, finally, you must vist the Fashion Tribe, as they are podcasting the fashion shows! Even the better, if you listen to the podcasts you will see why they make the Manolo laugh with their sassy-bad-selves. Listen to them talking about the Zac Posen, and you will be swept up by their jejune enthusiasms for the fashion. They are indeed most amusing and most charming, even if the clothes this season are not.

UPDATE: The Final Fashion has many pictures of the shows, and she agrees with the Manolo that the Alexandre Herchcovitch collection is this seasons worst.

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14 Responses to “Fashion Week: Bland is the New Black”




  1. Kim Says:

    Being the denizen of the “flyover country”, I hesitate to offer any of the fashion comments, but, as a denizen of the 50+ years country I laugh. Back in the day I wore the underwear of the boyfriend (now husband of 25 years) matched with the neutral skirt and/or pants of the closet and thought I was lucky to not get kicked out of the office. I wasn’t.
    Vindication arrives in the “tablecloth dress.” I cannot tell you how the happy that makes me. The emperor, he lives, without his new clothes.
    Sort of like the evaluation of the art. “Ooh. The symbolism.” “Ooh, the pathos.”

    No. “Oooh, the I wanted to smush the paint that way because it was fun and felt good. Or, Oooh, I sewed that sucker because it was cheaper and faster and it looks just fine to me.”

    It’s all good.




  2. bunnyshop Says:

    Ha! When the most exciting event is the light fixture at the DVF show falling on the front row…. Actually, what more could you ask for, no?




  3. Annalucia Says:

    Ayyyy…the hideous colors, the ugly designs, the styles suitable to the underfed 11-year-old boy who has had breast implants but to no one else. The Annalucia sighs and returns to the Land’s End catalog.




  4. Mary Says:

    Okayyyyy… I hate to admit this, but I’ve actually LIKED a lot of the clothing so far. I completely hearted most of Proenza Schouler and Doo.Ri, which are getting pilloried elsewhere on the Interthingy. I thought the emphasis on neutrals and natural fabrics was a nice palette cleanser after a season of screaming green rayon gypsy skirts. And it’s not as oppressively urban as all the black this season. I also like the emphasis on draping — we’ve clearly seen this summer that people like loose, lightweight clothing (hello, skirts), and it’ll feel nice and easy after the structured suits for fall. I know that by the Milan and Paris shows the trends will start looking different, so I don’t think all these gripers have to worry too much about wearing everyone “ill-fitted, neutral-hued clothing.” But if no one wants those Doo.Ri goddess dresses, I’ll gladly take them off her hands.




  5. Joan Says:

    Ay! Short-shorts? Suspenders? Empire waists? Are we all supposed to dress like pre-teens now? Just because the models all have the bodies of pre-pubescent 12-year-olds doesn’t mean the rest of us do. Do those “fashions” (I believe scare quotes are required in describing them) look attractive on any mature woman?

    However, there are many many very pretty dresses. I too don’t mind the more neutral palettes we are seeing, but I’m more disturbed by a trend to over-sized and over-draped clothes than anything else. Too many people walk around swimming in their clothing already. Oversized styles are another that are suitable for stick figures but rarely do anyone with any kind of a figure any favors. And I say that as something as of a scarecrow myself.




  6. Mary Says:

    Oh, I’m completely with you on the shorts and suspenders. I’d love to have a word or two with whoever brought shorts back into fashion. (Those words being “screw” and “you.”) And if you have anything bigger than an A cup of course suspenders are going to look ridiculous.

    As for the oversized draped styles, though, better them than yet another visual assault of bra bulge and muffin tops. Unless you count the gangsta look (which I’d argue is outside mainstream fashion and therefore inapplicable), far more people err on the side of too tight.




  7. The Manfauxlo Says:

    The Manolo needs to comment on the IOC denim penis. Please. Designers as attention whores–it is what the world is coming to.




  8. jj Says:

    The jj finds the washed out beige depressing.




  9. John Says:

    Every woman loves shoes. Something that men can never understand.


    “The Supreme Court Relies On Foreign Couture”
    Some even set a trend




  10. Bz Says:

    from Alabama, the Bz enjoys greatly the witty comments of fashionists and The Manolo HisSelf. Bland, tan, empire, shorts – fun to hear about, but ultimately . . . tis all meaningless outside the metropoles. But keep up the great writing, its brings smiles to many faces.




  11. shoelover Says:

    Beige? I have visions of dying and going to GAP hell!




  12. desertwind Says:

    I really enjoyed reading Final Fashion’s blog. It’s fun to see what fashion school kids are up to. Their attitudes are so fresh, optimistic, excited.

    God bless ’em.




  13. final fashion Says:

    I have actually quite liked SS 06 so far, I’m relieved to see minimalism growing as a trend again and find this much more suitable to my personal style than the “the bohemian” SS 05…

    Can’t wait to see Europe’s shows and see if we get some more variety…

    Many thanks to the Manolo for noticing that I’m obsessed with following this season:)




  14. ralph emerson Says:

    Love most of the dresses, not into any of those shoes at all.













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