As noted over on the list to the right, I'm a big fan of the anywho blog. I'm also happy that blogging has opened up a space for people to create the kinds of products they want to see in the world, with Tavi planning some sort of Sassy-esque mag with its original founder Jane Pratt, and Zana's great successes in leatherworks of recent note.
Another blogger enterprising endeavor that I am already primed to favor is the recently created anywho shop with a few their own designs. While these are basically big sizeless and shapeless drapings to give yourself some top-layer drama, they are perfectly done with wide lapels, what appear to be sack-like pockets, and raw edged sleeves for self-altering. The colors are excellent, and the blanket shape just seems to be the garment ideal for the winter season. I'm not joking when I say that I both lust for one of these jackets, and think it's barely not a Snuggie.
Let's roll those images, shall we?
Sure, it seems that with the right scissor work, or even just the right draping technique, you could achieve the look for only $14.95. Of course everything looks better on a tall Scandinavian model wearing platforms and a bodysuit.
HOWEVER, that would be like when people look at modern art and say, "My kid could do that." Yes, it's true. You or even your child could create a modern masterpiece, but did they? No, they did not. They probably watched TV, and now wear a Snuggie while watching TV.
The women of anywho, like so many Americas, simply wanted to wear a blanket with sleeves. The desire to do so is undeniable. In fact, I'm draped in a blanket right now, wishing it had sleeves. The logic is sound. But I, unlike most Americans, would prefer to spend a couple hundred dollars on a fashion blanket made out of wool than to buy a $14.95 -- or even a $24.95 microplush zebra print -- Snuggie. And that is one reason why I write this blog.