Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani
Stella McCartney, Moschino
We should start by saying we dislike jumpsuits. They tend to be ugly and unflattering, even on models. But it's impossible to ignore the jumpsuit trend for spring/summer 2009: jumpsuits appeared at least once in the runway collections of nearly every big designer. It's hard to recall any other specific trend that has been so widespread. So what's going on? Are designers conspiring to make women look silly? Or is it going to be one of those trends that designers are obsessed with but which never catches on with customers? Or do we just personally dislike jumpsuits because we're not used to them, but with time our attitude towards them will soften? Are we fun-hating grumps, whose opinions have been soured further by 'flu?!
Whatever your opinion, one thing's for sure, and that's how difficult they are to pull off, as Lily Allen so aptly demonstrated recently:
Without wanting to channel all our jumpsuit hatred onto Lily, we'll just point out one thing: it makes her look huge. And really, she isn't huge. But she seems to have been prepared to suspend aesthetic sense just to get in on this trend. It will be interesting to see how many others are prepared to do the same.
Perhaps we're being unfair, given Lily had chosen the most tricky type of jumpsuit to pull off, namely the wide-legged, flared, 70s, style, while the right jumpsuit with a slimmer cut undoubtedly can flatter the right figure (even if it still does little to appease our personal tastes), but we still have concerns about the head-t0-toe colour block effect, and the fact that you'd do so much better with trousers (pants) and a top (and you wouldn't run the risk of being mistaken for a plumber or mechanic..)
A selection of jumpsuits from Net-a-Porter:
Click to enlarge. Left to right: Chloé, Stella McCartney, Issa, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Fendi.
Who knows, maybe we're being too harsh/grumpy? Maybe when summer finally comes they will seem more appropriate with high platforms and chunky jewellery? Oh, there's still something that really gets us about the fit though: the high waists, the ballooning fabric.. oh, please, give us skinnier fits any day, you can't be baggy and fierce, can you..?
Click to enlarge. Left to right: Chloé from Luisa via Roma, Issa from Net-a-Porter, Costume National from Luisa via Roma, and Roksanda Ilincic from Net-a-Porter.
Suppose our final counsel on the matter would be this: by all means ignore our angry ranting if you're a jumpsuit fan, and go for it (you'll be so on-trend, though don't say we didn't warn you if you attract a few laughs of derision from friends, family, and passers-by..), but if like us you're still very dubious, don't feel you need to get involved in this trend just because it's such Big News.. if in doubt avoid.. there are a plethora of better options out there anyway.
All runway pics from Style.com