On the Matter of Expensive, Purposely Slovenly Pants

By
Just Cavalli, spring 2009.

The Critical Shopper goes to Brooklyn to check out the new Bird store this week. Cintra Wilson writes: “Much of the clothing at Bird appears to be recovering from its too-adventurous lives … It seems a bit perversely bourgeois to demand a patina of robust character from our clothes in an economy in which garments bearing the marks of age are not an elective style choice for so many … It is possible to look at these pretrashed jeans as more than just a look that sedentary poseurs borrow to mimic outdoorsy virility. They may be viewed as a declaration of taste, to wit: ‘I may not have had to fight feral, screwdriver-wielding 9-year-olds in the Outback, but I am wise enough to appreciate the pants of those who have.’” [NYT]

On the Matter of Expensive, Purposely Slovenly Pants