Saturday, May 19, 2007

Help me understand fashion

So, I've got some practical questions about this Nicole Farhi sweater. (Never let it be said I'm not curious and open to learning.)

1. What happens when you take that pin out? Does the whole thing just fall open and slide off your shoulders every five seconds? Or does the front just lie there in two lumpy strips?

2. Why the weird-length sleeve? Oh, right. Because my forearms are always burning up when I wear cardigans.

3. Are those pockets with the side openings solely for the purpose of sliding your hands in, like a muff, only pocket-shaped? I certainly couldn't put any other item in there without it falling out. Oh, wait. You know what? It's all coming together for me now. Although my forearms tend to be piping hot while wearing a cardigan, my hands are always ice cold. Ice cold. And if the pockets opened on the top, I'd look like a real dork with my hands in those pockets. Duh.

4. Finally, why -- in the face of these puzzling and impractical components -- do I like this sweater?

I thank you for your assistance in this matter.

5 comments:

Ashley said...

I will submit that you like it because it looks like a snuggly blanket. Which would really be what it would become after the 3rd time it fell right off your shoulders in a puddle of warm fuzzy seed stitch.

Jean said...

The short sleeves and pockets are there so that you'll knit yourself a pair of arm-warmers. And when you remove the pin, you'll need a scarf. (Chevron, perhaps?) Layers. Evidentally, it's still all about layers. What's not to love about a sweater with all this knitting potential?

Nora said...

Gorgeous colour and texture. The rest... eh, could do with some mods...

JYGreen said...

Dr. B, weirdest thing! You showed up in my dream last night and you were wearing this exact sweater! You looked fabulous in it! I have no other explaination.

sarah said...

I like it. It has potential. The design is interesting, and I lay odds I'd love the colour and fabric. It's got texture, and the way the geometry is stretched across the clotheshorse, er, model, emphasises movement and pattern. I don't know what the back looks like, though. When worn like that, if the front was unpinned you'd get a lovely deep v-neck for as long as it took to fall off your shoulders -- I'd try allowong the collar to fall open and hold it by pinning the sweater closed lower, where the bust would be if she had one. Or I'd undo the belt, use the pin as a brooch and wear it like a short-sleeve kimono coat over something with very pretty sleeves.