Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm but more fantastically, the fashion realm. The notion of the existence of the avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism and modern today was Christian's dress. I absolutely loved his vision from head to toe and reminds me much of Alexander McQueen (my all-time favorite designer.)
You don't see much avant-garde fashion in America these days. American ready-to-wear looks drab and dull to me, except for the recent Rodarte phenomenon. So, how refreshing it is to know that this ensemble will be featured in Elle. It's about time. Go Team Chris!
Victoria's piece reminded me much of the recent Comme des Garcons Spring/Summer 2007 collection with the plaid detailing and trench coat. I loved it, yet it looked a bit dated to me. It is very fashion-forward for America, but I have seen this look done all over Europe since Vivienne Westwood created her Pirate Collection in the late '60s, which was full of plaids, khaki pants, and a-symmetrical blouses. It looked too '80s and severe next to the ethereal lightness of Team Chris.
Poor Kit. Compared to the top two looks, it did look a bit Little House on The Prairie, but that may be where Kit's imagination resides, and that is all fine and dandy. I am sure she will thrive from this experience ... and her personal wardrobe is lovely.
In the music industry, a one-hit wonder is an artist generally known for only one hit single. In the fashion world we call it "Rami." Who put the "sweet" in their ready-to-wear piece? It was lovely.