It’s sometimes hard to look at a fashion runway and understand how outfits that might seem outlandish will translate to the regular person’s closet.
Miranda Priestly, the fictitious magazin editor in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” played by Meryl Streep, explained it well, albeit condescendingly:
You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? [...] And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.
Although this might be the case for how the masses are impacted by runway style in their everyday wear, that doesn’t stop us from noticing the strange shapes, patterns and combinations on the runway that few people in their right mind would actually wear. Sometimes its an entire outfit, while other times it’s “quirky” accessories like those Associated Press fashion writer Samantha Critchell wrote aren’t meant to spark the next big tends but are included for “runway effect” none the less.
Here are a few of what we consider runway flops from New York Fashion Week, which began Feb. 7 (Note: we recognize that fashion, like art, is subjective and some might disagree with our choices):