Monday, August 21, 2006

Designer deja-vu

I see this happen all the time but this time it puzzled me because the similarity is too striking:
The first one, "Groom," in black, is by Robert Clergerie; the second one, "Y5011", in neutral, is by Tapeet by Vicini. Apart from the contrast stitching on the Clergerie one, they are basically the same. Oh, ok, the price is a bit different: the price tag for the Clergerie slides is $403, currently selling for $385 on Zappos, and the tag for the Tapeets is $329, now $235 on Zappos.

However, they are so fantastically ugly to me that I wouldn't spend $10 on them; so I guess I'm puzzled that two designer labels I otherwise admire can be compelled to produce virtually identical versions of the same ugly slide. They both remind me of the recent NY Times article on the ungainliness and excessive bulk of this season's platforms. Quoth Bellafante, the author of the article:
The arrival of the [platform] shoes has brought out my inner Andy Rooney because every time I see a pair in a magazine, I want to know what woman in the world is going to want to look as if she were heading off to a meeting of Ironworkers Local 256 in a Weimar cabaret hall.
Ditto.

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