The other day in a newspaper there was a review of Paris’ fashion for the 2013 season by Thomas Adamson, AP Fashion Writer.  This article reveals the coming fashions of various designers.  And apparently it’s going to be an eye-opener for some of us.

Nothing of unusual note was stated until half-way through the article Mr. Adamson started describing the fashions from “Post-punk design house Impasse de la Defense (where do these people get names?), tucked away behind the clock of Gare de l’Est” colored the show.   One has to read what followed at least twice to believe that they are really reading the right words.  “There eclectic (1) and contemporary mix included vibrant patchwork dresses, outre (2) tulle (3) bridal skirts and large shawls printed with images of clock architecture.  Their sound-track — a single harmonica played by a man who looked like a busker (4) — added a dash of boho (5) insouciance to the many the casual, loose-fitting, splash-dyed dresses.”  This guy deserves a reward of some kind;  rarely does this author look up the meaning of more than two words per article but five in two sentences!  Alright, maybe less if one doesn’t count the realization that boho was not a misspelling of hobo but sounded short for Bohemian which it is; and author is not a fashion watcher (tulle?!).  The other alarming clue was wearing ” ’70s flower power” clock architecture.  Along with “The imaginative prints of cameras and the spines of novels on large shawls were a notable success.”  Good grief, are we supposed to be wearing the library or a clock store?

The amusement continues in the next paragraph labeled “Knitted novelty” through designer Alice Lemoine of Le Moine Tricote’s method of knitting “with no idea what clothes she would make.”  It is refreshing to know some designers can admit their styles have origins in the unknown.  One can only imagine what wearing something made by “I just let the needles lead and I make all sorts of different shapes and panels.  I then just fuse it together; not exactly patchwork, but the same process.”  Okay, this gives the creative knitters a clue what to start making with their stash of yarn to fit into next spring’s styles.  Careful though, while you may succeed do you want to copy something “highly huggable—display of some 14 soft, open knit looks—set off with creative spirals, polygons and geometric shapes.”   Is the hugging because of softness or hiding the vision of all these patchwork shapes in one area at the same time?  And color?  This article ends with “In this uber-sexy, color-free offering, the models’ legs did the talking: Micro skirts with a tight, sweeped draping.”  (Sweeped?? Did he mean swept?  and what is uber? misspelled super??)

So the author will be joining the guys reminiscing while “standing on the corner watching all the girls go by . . .” looking like tourist with their cameras; watching the time on the shawl so they can meet with the tour group and carrying copies of the latest novel on their clothes.  Either that or thankful the Lord ended the world on December 21, 2012 and we all missed the psychedelic-colored underwear peeking under the tightly, “sweeped” micro drapings.

(1) eclectic (adj) selected from various sources.

(2) outre (adj) exaggrated or eccentric, bizarre

(3) tulle (n) a fine netting of silk, rayon, nylon, etc. used as for veils and scarves.

(4) busker (n) [my dictionary was not educated enough to have this word; the closest was buskin— associated with ancient tragic drama — suppose one might have cloaked his words by calling the musician this.]

(5) boho (n) slang or short for Bohemian