The Business Of Buffoonery

— Tue, 1st July 2008 —

Men’s fashion shows often appear to be nothing more than wasteful, self-indulgent exercises to see which designer can most thoroughly emasculate and debase the male image under the guise of visionary genius.

The shows, however, always carry within them themes that apply to average Joe’s in very meaningful ways.

In Milan and now Paris this season, the focus has been on accessories — shoes, belts, scarves… pink elephant hats — which actually serves quite a practical purpose amid soaring gas prices and troubled economies:

“A small purchase can give a fillip to a wardrobe, if strapped-for-cash men pass on a new suit,” is how the International Herald Tribune interpreted designer Paul Smith’s thoughts on the matter.

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