Givenchy Massacres Men's Skirts
So Givenchy recently came out with a line of what looked like skirts for men but turned out to be skorts called 'Bermuda shorts'. I know fashion designers like to bend the rules and break with traditions etc, but let's face it, a spade is a spade, a pair of Bermuda shorts are a pair of Bermuda shorts, and a skort is a skort. If we start redefining what words mean in order to sell over priced monstrosities, then where will it all end?
At first, I and many others believed that Givenchy had brought out a line of male skirts, which would have been awesome. However what they actually did was take half a skirt and half a pair of shorts and mash them together in a way that didn't really do either garment any justice. Givenchy's idea of Bermuda shorts is apparently a skirt in the front and shorts in the back. Like Frankenstein, except without any chance of ever being a classic.
Givenchy appears to be trying to keep a foot in every camp with this line. Their designs look like skirts from the front, like shorts with an apron from the back, are called Bermuda shorts but are really skorts. So if you're a conservative traditional dresser, you can say that you're wearing Bermuda shorts, if you're a guy who wants to wear a skirt you can pretend you're in a skirt. Except you're not.
I don't really have a problem with skorts. They are brilliant when you're six years old and you like pretty skirts but want to be able to hang upside down from the jungle gym without showing off your underwear. As an adult however, skorts seem somehow juvenile and also reflective of an inability to commit fully to a garment.
To be fair to the Givenchy collection, it does incorporate quite a great deal of lost femininity, you know, with the lace cravat style shirts that are also sort of meshy and see through at the same time. That's a nice sentiment and all, but this line falls and fail in the same place that so many fashion lines do and that is the gaping chasm between what designers think looks good and what people will actually wear. I'm aware that this is supposed to be 'high' fashion, but the Bermuda skort strikes me as simply being the product of someone who was quite high when he designed them.
The Givenchy skorts look ridiculous. They look fine from the front, where they look like straight line skirts, but from the back they look baggy, ill fitting and quite frankly, vaguely as if the wearer is wearing diapers underneath them. If they look that way on chiseled models, they're not going to do the average guy any justice either.
Maybe next season Givenchy will commit to a real fashion revolution.
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