Last week’s Rate the Dress certainly divided opinions! You were either quite keen on tomato red with huge knee bows and mad, random Irish crochet lace with macrame-esque trim, or totally unimpressed by it. Most of you fell into the latter camp, but there were enough of you who thought it was fabulous, and deserved a 10, to bring the rating up to a 6.3 out of 10.
(Personally, I love it just for being so utterly wacky, but it does loose a point from me for the awkward engageantes. And it’s on my to-make list too Caroline!)
This week’s Rate the Dress is inspired by the HSF theme of Heroes, because Lanvin is definitely one of my design heroes. As with all my heroes, I don’t feel the need to love everything Lanvin does unreservedly. Every hero is human. Every designer slipped up once in a while.
Designers are particularly fallible, because ultimately, they served clients, and their designs were customised to fill the wishes of the client.
Case in point: at first glance, these two Lanvin robe de style are identical. Closer inspection reveals slight differences: one is longer in the waist, with a deeper neckline, and longer, angled sleeves, and a dipped hem.
Lanvin’s original design still speaks clearly in both interpretations, and without her design sketches (which I haven’t been able to find for this specific dress), we can’t know which is closer to her intentions. Or perhaps, like me, she was just indecisive, and enjoyed being able to turn both variations into working designs!
In either case, it’s up to you to rate each dress. Are they equal par, or do you prefer one to the other? And what will each dresses rating say about the success of the overall design?
Rate each dress (separately) on a Scale of 1 to 10.