Misallocation of Resources

by Erin on March 27, 2006

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Probably one of my biggest pet peeves is designers who mess up good prints. Look at this number from Alessandro Dell'Acqua. This is a really gorgeous, elegant print, and he ruined it. Why the neckline approaching the navel? Why the gathers enlarging the waist? Why the blousyness? I just want to take the man by the shoulders and shake him, yelling "Hey! Why? What do you have against letting prints be prints? For the love of god, man, why?"

If I had access to significant yardage of this, I'd make a dress with high round neck and little cap sleeves, with either a 3/4 circle skirt or a pencil skirt. Something very simple, so that the print carried all the work of the dress. This the dress equivalent of a committee working at cross-purposes. Somehow the working group on fabric didn't check in with the neckline subcommittee, and, once they discovered the problem, both groups got pigheaded and wouldn't budge. It's a shame, really.

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Rebecca March 27, 2006 at 5:20 pm

Yours would be much prettier.


Anonymous March 27, 2006 at 6:06 pm

That dress would be nice in a solid. Then the details would stand out more.


vintagecrochetgirl March 27, 2006 at 7:35 pm

Maybe she has the dress on backwards? It’s just a thought…you know Hillary Swank wore this back-revealing dress to the Academy Award two years ago. You could turn it around. No one would ever know. Although the dress label would be in front if you looked closely enough.


Anonymous March 28, 2006 at 8:15 am
JuliaR March 28, 2006 at 8:34 am

I would have also used beige tights instead of black. Or bare legs in the summer would be nice too.


enc March 28, 2006 at 3:48 pm

You are so right. And somebody needs to clue the stylists in: dress sticking to legs = yech!


Gidget Bananas March 28, 2006 at 6:01 pm

I think that print could look nice in a drop-waist blouson dress, for example one that fit properly. The way this dress hangs off the model’s body is ridiculous.


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