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Accessories For Function or For Flash

When fashion designers create accessories, do they design them for a particular function or do they create them to be flashy (eye catching)? Or possibly, do they design for both. For example, a hat with a face covering can be a very functional item if you are for example skiing. However, a hat with a face covering may possibly not be appropriate when wearing a tailored suit.

Clearly, on the catwalk designers have no limits in regard to presentation. However, I often ask myself "WHY". Why must designers put on such an eye catching show? Certainly we want the garments to be eye catching, but I like them eye catching in a fashionable yet wearable way. Why can't product shown on the runway be based on reality (wearable)? The illustration of the above image is NOT an extreme example for sure. This item is actually something that could potentially be worn. However, as we all understand some designers show an entire collection on the runway that would only be worn in a fairy tale...

Anyway, I do think the Alexander Mcqueen fashion image above is of interest. I just wonder if it was designed for function or simply to be flashy on the runway.

Image Source: Mpdclick viewed at Autumn/Winter 2010/11 Runway Season Kickoff Report Learn more about Mpdclick and Mudpie trend reporting.

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