Kate Moss’ Oriental TopShop Collection

TopShop: I don’t get it. When the NY store opened this summer in SoHo, a line of eager shoppers wound around the block for days. In terms of quality or style, the clothes are perhaps a marginal cut above what you’d find at H&M or Forever, but several cuts above in terms of price.

When I was living in Scotland about 8 years ago, TopShop was about the cheapest trendy fare out there, meaning I was all up in that bitch blowin’ pounds every Tuesday, Thursday, and Lord’s Day (a cute shirt would run you about $7). I don’t understand why a foray into the American market translates into a 1000% price markup. Maybe it’s got something to do with being endorsed/”designed” by a coked up, scenester supermodel?


Which brings me to Kate Moss’ upcoming 2009 Christmas Nightwear Collection, which launches tomorrow. Apparently her overpriced ($57 for a sleep mask? You can’t just use the free one from the Jet Blue redeye?!) nighties and PJs are “inspired” by all things Eastern, meaning pieces labeled “Geisha Rose Print Blouse” and “Oriental Butterfly Print Kimono” ($138).


Christ, people — it’s almost 2010 — is a multinational design company really still using the word “Oriental”? Yeah yeah, technically it applies to an object and not a person, but is it really necessary to throw in this lame, loaded term at all? Then again, the fashion industry hasn’t exactly been a shining example of cultural sensitivity, with faux Native headresses, African headwraps, and China Doll getups cycling in and out of vogue and runways every other year.

Personally, I feel sleepwear is for sleep, not for lookin’ cute (we Wimmins is expected to look sessay the other 16 hours of the day…c’mon we need a break assholes!), which means an oversized Jabbawockeez tee and holey Garfield boxers from 1994 will do me just fine, thank you.

Thanks Charlie!


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