Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Penneys spring/summer collections

So having got over our fear of springing too soon, it’s time to move on from tacky swimwear (sorry, Gez) and see what Penneys is offering this spring/summer. The biggest surprise from Penneys might be the its adoption of the …

Thu, Jan 6, 2011, 15:30

   

So having got over our fear of springing too soon, it’s time to move on from tacky swimwear (sorry, Gez) and see what Penneys is offering this spring/summer.

The biggest surprise from Penneys might be the its adoption of the midi trend – which is huge in fashion circles (thanks for that, Chloe and Celine) but is not necessarily the most accessible trend. Word to the wise: beware the Mormon connotations. If you think you look like you’ve timewarped from a commune in Utah, you probably do.

It is, however, a really grown-up trend and something that can easily be adapted into a wardrobe that’s otherwise full of mini or A-line skirts, and Penneys will provide the perfect opportunity (give that it’s cheap as chips).

Here are some more examples: Americana (perhaps inspired by Marina Diamandis), clogs (hello, Chanel) and then that little-bit-too-familiar combo of model + chair + colour-blocked background. I don’t think anyone’s ever accused Penneys of being ultra-original, but this might be a little bit too obvious of an inspiration grab.

Anyway, the collection doesn’t leave me cold – but it doesn’t leave me jumping up and down with excitement either, perhaps as a result of my newfound depression at how disposable their clothing is, or my desire to “invest” in clothing from now on . . . What say ye?