Australian designer Elliot Ward-Fear gave Frockwriter an exclusive look at his AW10 lookbook, which is monochrome heavy with a side of kooky kitsch. While most of the looks are innovative and exciting, one pair of pants caught me way off guard.
From the front they’re fuzzy pink trousers with white trim, but from the back, well…they’re a whole other beast.
While the praises of the backside have long been sung (literally, by the Hon. Sir Mix-a-lot and her majesty, Queen), most prefer to keep their cabooses covered, and merely accentuate the form with tight skirts, skinny jeans, or silver paint.
Frockwriter claims they are a tribute to McQueen’s 1994 Bumster Trousers, which were the lowest of low-rise jeans, literally leaving parts of the “bum” exposed. Nevertheless, I can think of quite a few ways to better honor the late great, than cutting a heart out of the bum of some fuzzy pink pants.
While they’re clearly not practical for public wearing, they might have a chance at being in an editorial as a subversively sexy conversation piece. Considering the rest of Ward-Fear’s lookbook is editorial ready, from an assemblage blouse with a micro-pleated skirt to an all white ensemble that’s on trend, but a little too Miu Miu.
So what do you think of Ward-Fear’s creation: totally acceptable or too far-out for reality?
Leah recommends using them for an “adult” version of famed Japanese game show, Human Tetris, but the only advice I have for Ward-Fear, who is only 18, is to name his next collection “Ward-Fear and Clothing” because if anything can make those pants acceptable, it’s a bit of humor.