That Fashion Trend Is Sooooo 1993…I Mean, 1893.

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If you know me, you would know that I am a fashion guru. I applied to be on Project Runway two seasons ago, only to be one of the final cuts before casting (By the way, Christian Siriano is a hot mess). Needless to say, I’ve been around the industry long enough that fashion trends really don’t shock me anymore.


But last year, while I was in Spain attending the 080 Barcelona Fashion Show with our intern Jordanna, I came across a little bit of a shocker while reviewing designer Gunhyo Kim’s new collection. Kim, who studied fashion in Antwerp, was inspired by the local Hasidic community for his collection.

The truth is that I wasn’t as shocked as I was bothered. No, I wasn’t offended from a Jewish standpoint, but from a fashion standpoint. Did he give credit to the Almighty One for writing the Sh’ma? Did Gunhyo say “Gee, thanks God for demanding that your people wear four cornered garments. It really helped put my collection together.” Of course he didn’t. He just ripped God off.

Or did he rip Jean Paul Gaultier off? Hmm…

Posted on April 6, 2009

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2 thoughts on “That Fashion Trend Is Sooooo 1993…I Mean, 1893.

  1. pbirnbaum

    First of all Jeremy, if I knew you were so into fashion I could have sent you to a show at Bryant Park last month. I sadly couldn’t get to New York.

    Anyways, I am shocked but not surprised. Kim put a rather elegant touch on an outfit that ordinarily is rather sloppy (unless of course you are a Hasid on the Upper East Side and buy your Tom Ford suit from Bergdorf’s.

    It is rather tacky how they used tallitot, as they do have a spiritual part in religion and are not some other accessory to be thrown onto an outfit. I personally only liked this look . Now if only synagogue looked like this, I may have to start going more often.

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