I imagine it must be very hard to work at one of the Big Four sewing pattern companies. In fact, I would guess that it's probably a lot like working in book publishing: you have to toil away with limitless creative energy and enthusiasm at something that many people consider to be a dying art. (Yes, reading and sewing are both definitely endangered in the U.S.) There are probably dreaded bottom lines, scary budgets, and constant restructurings. So, believe me, I get it. But still, Vogue. WTF?
I got an e-mail announcing their winter/holiday 2009 collection yesterday and hopped right over to the site to take a look. What greeted me was . . . befuddling.
Let's start with the Anna Sui offering.
Anna, WTF is this? I actually enjoy granny-chic styles. But seriously, this is way too much of a good thing. A high neckline and an ankle length skirt? A wrist corsage? Goodness gracious.
There was also lots of asymmetrical hem action.
Holy elementary school art teacher!
Now for the real clincher:
What. The. Hell. Is. This.
The hat really takes the cake, does it not? Wouldn't you think that the jaunty chapeau would be an integral part of the pattern? No, my friends! According to the pattern description, that is a "purchased hat." Good god, where does one purchase such a hat?
There are two new Vintage Vogue offerings, which are quite fine and acceptable and boring.
I'm sorry, what was I saying? I seem to have dozed off for a second there.
Ah yes! The Vogue Winter/Holiday collection. In my honest, irritable opinion: a big batch of WTF and tedium.
P.S. If I have offended anyone who might like these styles, please take my rantings with a grain of salt. I'm a cranky old broad, remember? You sew what you want and do it with style, ladies!