What's up with Adrian Hailwood?

Last updated 08:00 31/08/2011

Well he had many sponsors for his show, I can give him that much. Even Visa was on his side. But many sponsors won't make a clever collection. This was bleeding awful.

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And before I say anymore let me just tell you something. I'm risking my reputation by giving you my honest opinion, and jeopardising my future entry to Fashion Week.

An editor who sat next to in the media room gasped with horror when I told her what I am about to write - she warned me I'd be blacklisted. But it has to be told.

 Adrian Hailwood - you've been around a while, you know what looks good and you usually get it right - so what happened this time? The show was a whole lot of bad in an ocean of OK. White silk jumpsuits anyone? What if we add black tassel fringing that runs down the leg? Decidedly pubic if you ask me. Hailwood

A mullet style poncho with a fringe made of pom-pom? Honestly.

And just when you thought it was bad enough, out comes a pair of skinny leg, saggy crotch track pants in grey marl.

Worn with a dressy top and heels. Huh? I though we had seen the end of sport chic in 2008? Monsieur missed the memo perhaps?

And let me get back to my gripe. Why is it that restaurant reviewers are celebrated, but we fashion reporters daren't let our readers know what they need to steer clear of and what they should love?

It's not fair that we leave you in the dark with fashion, to stumble your way through bad collection after bad collection; when the gastro types are being clued up?

All my fellow fashion writers ever write about a show is "nice", and it's honestly because they are afraid of losing their front row seats. But whose fault is this?

Are the fashion writers chicken s**t or do the designers just need to harden up and take the criticism?

What do you think?   


- Stuff

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Ross   #1   05:35 pm Aug 30 2011

Bravo, well said. Critique is important to any industry - fashion should not be afraid of public reviews and neither should the designers who may, from time to time forget they are designing for people other than themselves.

Josie   #2   05:36 pm Aug 30 2011

Tell it like it is Bronwyn. Can't comment on the show as haven't seen it, but certainly appreciate the sentiment about having the right to say what you think as a fashion commentator. It is about time someone at fashion week actually had an opinion!

floss   #3   05:53 pm Aug 30 2011

Regardless of what the media/fashion elite say about anything, I will make up my own mind according to my taste, and will buy according to what suits my shape and makes me feel good. Good on you for being honest, if that gets you blacklisted I think it says more about them than about you-imo jumpsuits don't belong anywhere, and neither do saggy-crotch pants...but there would be others who would disagree with that, and that's fine too.

Justine   #4   06:42 pm Aug 30 2011

Wow someone FINALLY being honest. How refreshing!! Don't be afraid of putting your opinion out there, its what non fashion people like me need to hear so we don't commit any fashion crimes after dropping $400 on a single designer garment.

debra fallowfield   #5   07:05 pm Aug 30 2011

I quite frankly love your honesty..As an accessory designer it astounds me the amount of a*s kissing that is done in the industry.

Georgina   #6   07:06 pm Aug 30 2011

Finally! Someone who is speaking the truth! Designers need to harden up a little, life isn't a bed of (dethorned) roses.

#6   #7   07:08 pm Aug 30 2011

I think that reviews should be accompanied by photographs to allow us to form our own opinion.


sunbeam   #8   08:21 pm Aug 30 2011

i agree - there's a sure need for critics in fashion, just as there are in fine art, cuisine, literature - all aspects of the arts really. honesty may lose those their front row priviledge at times but it will be more respected in the long run i think. as long as they know what they're talking about!


LP   #9   09:32 pm Aug 30 2011

Well said, B. But when fashion writers make a big noise over which designer provided the best "goody bag" you can hardly take their reviews seriously.

D   #10   09:48 pm Aug 30 2011

B - good on you. He is very talented, but one can't get it right every time. If he's that good, he'll grow from this.

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