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More in ridiculous fashion from the Carlos Diez S/S 2010 show yesterday at Madrid Fashion Week. The hairdo with matching jumpsuit, and the gold party hat with mesh sack. Click to enlarge.

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  1. Is he supposed to be in black face or something?

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 23, 2009 12:24:21 PM

  2. Is this some sort of minstrel fashion show? Is there some fashionable reason the models are wearing black face?

    Posted by: Mike K | Sep 23, 2009 12:31:36 PM

  3. Gross, and yeah; what's the deal with the face-paint?

    Posted by: PM | Sep 23, 2009 12:32:48 PM

  4. yeesh, talk about tasteless....

    Posted by: DR | Sep 23, 2009 12:34:29 PM

  5. Hit the rock bottom and kept on digging...

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 23, 2009 12:42:08 PM

  6. I love them! Where can I buy them? and I love the brown face paint too, but then, I've been wearing that for years.

    Posted by: rich | Sep 23, 2009 12:46:27 PM

  7. Tasteless on a fashion and cultural level.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Sep 23, 2009 12:46:40 PM

  8. I've been dying for mesh to make a comeback. I still have some fishnet shirts from an unfortunate goth period.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 23, 2009 12:47:07 PM

  9. I feel like the designers are REALLY off the mark this season. Have they not realized the economy we're in? I understand the idea of runway shows being a stretch & that it all gets watered down to what we eventually wear. But honestly...I don't see anything exciting about this stuff. It's not a fine line between "fashion" and "costume". Why are they so far off?

    Posted by: mrmnyc | Sep 23, 2009 12:49:28 PM

  10. The mesh shirt fits his body the same way a hospital gown would. And the jumpsuit or union suit looks B-52 inspired. It's whimsical...that's the best thing I can say about it.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 23, 2009 1:06:19 PM

  11. Uggggleeeeeee! I wouldn't wear it - IF it was given to me.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 23, 2009 1:07:28 PM

  12. Every couple of years men's fashion takes it one step beyond rediculous... this is that year!

    Posted by: mIKEM | Sep 23, 2009 1:07:29 PM

  13. What is the purpose of fashion shows that predominately show crap that no one would wear? I understand concept creations; but typically concepts are something that is foreseeable. Rarely do I see anything from these silly shows that have anything to do with reality. Looks like a bunch of pretentious freaks looking for ways to get rich folks to say ooh, ahh. Complete waste of money and resources.

    Posted by: Jason | Sep 23, 2009 1:27:13 PM

  14. That's what happens when you have NO creativity and NO TASTE. I mean, you can have no creativity but at least can make and effort to have some taste.
    Fugly is the least you can say about that.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Sep 23, 2009 1:36:43 PM

  15. Ditto what Jason said.

    I saw a pic the other day of some guy (Okay, he WAS hot!) but he was wearing a see-thru plastic coat and pants. Unfortunately, he had on his undies too.

    Seriously... WTF? How much time and money do these designers spend putting together all this crap that's gonna wind up in the trash?

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Sep 23, 2009 1:48:43 PM

  16. Andy, your judgement of these fashions as "ridiculous" reminds me of this quote from Miranda Priestly:

    "Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff."

    The fashion you think is "ridiculous" this season has a way of trickling down, being morphed, and influencing the fashion you think is so hot and wear next season.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 23, 2009 2:01:02 PM

  17. Looks like the model fell asleep with only his face in the tanning bed.

    Posted by: gerry | Sep 23, 2009 2:07:16 PM

  18. Do these designers not like men, or do they just not know any?

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 23, 2009 2:10:01 PM

  19. I was offended by the black face until I noticed that this took place in Madrid. The face paint doen't have the same connotations in Europe that it has in America.

    "There are blackface performance traditions the origins of which stem not from representation of racial stereotype and are not in the stereotypical blackface mode. In Europe there are a number of folk dances or folk performances in which the black face appears to represent the night, or the coming of the longer nights associated with winter. Many fall or autumn North European folk black face customs are employed ritualistically to appease the forces of the oncoming winter, utilizing characters with blackened faces, or black masks.[111]

    In Bacup, Lancashire, England, the Britannia Coco-nut Dancers wear black faces. Some believe the origin of this dance can be traced back to the influx of Cornish miners to northern England, and the black face relates to the dirty blackened faces associated with mining.

    In the 1976 Soviet film How Tsar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (Сказ про то, как царь Пётр арапа женил), the iconic singer Vladimir Vysotsky performs the role of the Moor in blackface."

    "Darky iconography, while generally considered taboo in the U.S., still persists around the world.[citation needed] When trade and tourism produce a confluence of cultures, bringing differing sensibilities regarding blackface into contact with one another, the results can be jarring. Darky iconography is still popular in Japan today, but when Japanese toymaker Sanrio Corporation exported a darky-icon character doll (the doll, Bibinba, had fat, pink lips and rings in its ears)[83] in the 1990s, the ensuing controversy prompted Sanrio to halt production.[84] Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in November and December are often shocked at the sight of whites in classic blackface as a character known as Zwarte Piet, whom many Dutch nationals love as a holiday symbol. Travelers to Spain have expressed dismay at seeing "Conguito",[85] a tubby, little brown character with full, red lips, as the trademark for Conguitos, a confection manufactured by the LACASA Group. In Britain, "Golly",[86] a golliwog character, fell out of favor in 2001 after almost a century as the trademark of jam producer James Robertson & Sons; but the debate still continues whether the golliwog should be banished in all forms from further commercial production and display, or preserved as a treasured childhood icon. Today golliwog dolls are reappearing in toy shops throughout Britain.[citation needed]. In France, the chocolate powder Banania[87] still uses a little black boy with large red lips as its emblem."

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 23, 2009 3:18:44 PM

  20. OMG, are you kidding me with the "blackface" comments?

    That's just what happens when you use Sevin Nyne. The Blohan just offered the designer a whole shitcase of the diarrhea spray to get rid of it so she didn't get warehouse taxed out the yingyang because nobody in America is buying the stuff!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Sep 23, 2009 4:26:22 PM

  21. @CHI. Uh, no. Those "fashionistas" know full well what they were doing or at least how it would be perceived.

    I worked in the fashion world for far too long and they are the most racist (and classist) pricks on earth. I hate Tom Ford (but love his clothes) because of a shoot I was once at where afterwards things got so casually racist that I left the biz soon after. Trust me, on every shoot there is probably an American who knew exactly the context that that makeup would be taken in

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 23, 2009 4:38:29 PM

  22. @Derek

    I stand corrected.

    I wondered too, if this had been increasing since the election, thinking less of fashion shoots and more about the Turkish news anchor did the news in blackface.

    Now some of the customs that I listed there I had heard of (the Cornish miners, for example, I read about long ago). If the clothes were styled to reflect say, coal mining or even war it would probably translate. This didn't. Shoulda went with my first mind.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 23, 2009 5:02:27 PM

  23. Perhaps this article from a 1991 edition of the Los Angeles Times will help explain why the outfits at fashion shows are often outlandish:

    "Is This a Joke? - Fashion: The outlandish outfits on European runways are good for a few laughs. That's OK, designers say, they're meant to be seen, not worn."

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 23, 2009 5:07:09 PM

  24. @mike:

    Sorry, but I can't see how this could trickle down to anything but a mildly 80s-looking punk t-shirt with hairdos which nobody would be caught dead in. (Pants? No way.) Perhaps the 2nd outfit would trickle down to an ACTUAL fishnet on sale at Walmart for 2.49 in the sporting goods aisle.

    This isn't fashion, it's a bad joke. And the clothes are the easiest part of those photos to take. The "brown-face" looks like bronzer gone way bad.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 23, 2009 6:21:28 PM

  25. Last week it was these god-awful polka dots and now comment from last week still holds...........the men in pictures are either from a costume shop clearance sale or graduating from a bad Clown School

    Posted by: david in iowa | Sep 24, 2009 12:14:44 AM

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