A double-header today, first from Guy Trebay in the Style section:
At a garden party staged for a pictorial in the July/August issue of Departures, Euan Rellie, the husband of the fashion gadfly Lucy Sykes, is seen wearing a Thom Browne suit that has all of that designer’s trademark details: cropped jacket piped at the collar, lapel, hem and pocket; shirttails left hanging; bow tie. A caption identifies Mr. Rellie as an investment banker, and one would certainly have to be making a bundle to afford a get-up that cost $6,170, not including underwear, socks and shoes. Yet far from embodying a model of fiscal authority or contemporary chic, Mr. Rellie comes across in the picture as the man hired by the caterers to make balloon animals.
The second from the frequently-snarky Alessandra Stanley in a review of Paris Hilton on Larry King:
Paris Hilton read aloud her prison writings as if she had spent a lifetime on Robben Island, and that was surely the highlight of the heiress/actress’s first television interview since her release from jail.(PH is an easy target no doubt, but Stanley's lead made me smile.)
I must say those two are priceless, particularly the Paris Hilton one, although having wondered at the $5K ripped jeans from Barneys, or the $1.5K white cotton shirt that looks like it came from Wal-Mart (shades of Julie) I really have to ask myself who buys this shit. Oh, I forgot... It's the guy who makes the baloon animals.
Fashion is a funny thing, George. It's a reflection of what's going on in society at the time, but the words "fashion victim" have never seemed more appropriate.
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