Erin Barr Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on March 04, 2013

Erin Barr Fall 2013 collection, inspired by her time spent at her family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Underwhelmed.

    • EveEve

      yeah, if they look this wrinkled and ill-fitting on these beautiful models, they’re going to look like complete crapola on everyone else.

  • gabbilevy

    Yech. Very little of this reads natural or landscape… it reads awkward city/industrial. And… ugly.

    • Word. Where’s my toggles or elkhorn buttons? I am not feeling “cabin” here, cliche or otherwise. 

  • aeb1986

    the only feeling im taking away from this is that she must have been really bored at her family’s cabin…

  • As a midwesterner I can say that the last combination of words I ever expected to hear was “fashion…inspired by…Wisconsin”.

    And not even one #1 Grandma sweatshirt… (Disclosure: I can joke because my mom wears one.)

    • mmc2315

      No kidding!  The “inspired by” cracked me up!  

      • MoHub

         It’s owning the cheesiness.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I definitely agree that the “inspired by” was unexpected. But the northern-est part of Wisconsin can be very desolate and stark in winter; in that sense I’m seeing it.

      And based on very limited info, your mom sounds great.

      • She also wears a Dayton’s Santa Bear 1989 sweatshirt every Christmas. It’s totally adorable. But not, you know, anything I expect to see on a runway soon. 🙂

      • Derek_anny

         Now that you’ve pointed it out, I can see snowfields and forests. Kindof.

    • StellaZafella

      I’d say: “Yeah, this is exactly the way I would dress for the great outdoors, in Wisconsin……… in a cabin….in the woods.”

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

       Hee hee hee. I’m so glad you said that.

  • i dont see anything all that special here, and the ultraviolet hurts my eyes.

  • homofascist

    No green and gold?  LOL.  I went to college in Wisconsin and it is making me chuckle imagining women in Sheboygan walking around in these looks with their giant foam cheese hat.  I completely see where the colors came from but after that it is a bit of a stretch for me…

  • Inspired by a visit to her cabin in Northern Wisconsin?  I’m a Sconnie girl, and I’m not seeing it.

  • lucyloo222

    The middle cut outs look like gaps caused by a bad fit…. and the vag slits… uh… I don’t think I need to elaborate.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Nothing says Wisconsin cabin like bagina-high slits and cut outs!
    Neck straps and neck traps
    Fallen bra straps scream FASHUN!
    Slits prance for pap smear 

    • I say it again sweetie, PUBLISH!  You are too damned good at these.

    • Snailstsichr

       I like your haiku better than the clothes.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        If you’re curious, I got my start writing haikus by writing them in Yiddish. 

        • StellaZafella

           You could publish, like Kiltd says. I’ll order a first edition.

          Maybe titled: “Pardon me, may I haiku that for you?”

  • sablehunter

    You’d be freezing if you wore those clothes in northern Wisconsin.

    The skirt slits look like some stuff I had from the juniors department in 1995.

  • A lot of these pieces look awkwardly cut and fitted, even on the models. Really the only thing I do find compelling is the choice of purple.

  • alyce1213


  • Most of these look like they weren’t tailored correctly  and if any lady stars decided to wear in public…..I can only imagine the backlash…

  • decormaven

    She must have done a lot of scherenschnitte at the cabin. Not impressed.

    • alyce1213

      Had to look that up. Funny.

      • decormaven

        Danke schoen!

  • AthenaJ

    Wow, I am so happy that the infinitesimal percent of the population who are actually able to pull these clothes off has yet another line to wear. Good, good…I was so worried about them…  NEXT!!!!!

  • Imasewsure

    Seems overdone and boring at the same time, even in the bright colors. No oohs and aahs from this Minion today

  • MilaXX

    I only like this from about the blue layer halfway down, but darn some of those models look like they are ready to give someone a serious beat down.

  • MzzPants

    Meh on the silhouettes.  Love the colors.

  • Deedles

    I’ll play along. Items with dark green are the conifer forests. 4th row is is Lake Superior/Lake Michigan on a cold and stormy day. 5th row is a summer day that started nicely enough, but then a storm rolled in midday. However, it dissipated quickly, and then we had blue skies once again. 6th row violet? I got nothing except for those little, wild violas that often can be found growing on the banks of rivers and streams. That’s all the make-believe I have today.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Institutional and bland.  

  • EveEve

    ah discus, how I hate thee

  • hughman

    I just can’t with the black socks. 

    •  Ugh, me neither. So heavy and uncomplimentary to any woman’s legs.

    • StellaZafella

       It’s Norwegian porno circa 1964…well it is inspired, supposedly, by Northern Wisconsin.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Brooklyn Bomber viewing, inspired by thinking about the early 90s minimalism of Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani.

    Wisconsin cabins and old man socks aside, I like some of it.

  • Janet B

    What is that bright purple doing in bleak, sad, and boring Wisconsin?

    • Well, our state flower is the wood violet…

      • Janet B

        I feel a little bad for taking this collection and applying it to Wisconsin. I’ve been to Minnesota and I’m sure Wisconsin is no less lovely. On the other hand this collection of clothes is bleak.

        • Any other season, you would have had a fight on your hands. 🙂  However, at the end of a very long February, the description is currently apt.  We have more snow on the way today, and I am DONE with it.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Holy cutouts, Batman!

    • kimmeister

      The sternum cutouts make me gag.

  • crash1212

    Kind of a weird cabin.

  • cleverlady

    Three person team assignments;  three days; $1000 budget at Mood: Project Runway – runway?
    Taking off points for not using the accessories wall thoughtfully.
    You’re all safe; no winners, no one going home.

  • random_poster

    Is Erin Barr the daughter of someone famous?  I ask because it seems she and Stella McCartney went to the same design school for privileged children.

  • Io Vee

    Is there a word for “boring and ugly?”

    • l_c_ann


      • barbarienne

         I support this term.

  • anotherkate

    Why is everyone assuming she spent the WINTER at the cabin? Just saying, it’s actually warm and full of lush greenery and wildflowers in the summer (or at least it is at MY parents’ cabin in northern WI).

    That being said, I’m not crazy about this. Love the forest green, because I love any iteration of forest green, but overall I’m not really loving the fit on these pieces.

    • formerlyAnon

      “Why is everyone assuming she spent the WINTER at the cabin?”
      I’d say you answered your own question: 

      “it’s actually warm and full of lush greenery and wildflowers in the summer”

      From my childhood, I remember Minnesota and Wisconsin (at least in the woods near lakes) as gorgeous, full of deep color from spring through early autumn. I don’t get gorgeous from this.

      • anotherkate

        Fair enough! Just want to clarify for the world that it’s the designs that are drab, not the actual state! 🙂

  • I don’t see cabin or wisconsin anywhere (which honestly may be a positive thing). Some fit/puckering issues, but the colors are pretty. Do not like the weirdly placed slits. Seems like we might see the good china at any moment…

  • PastryGoddess

    I’m not seeing Wisconsin here and those slits are annoying.  I do like the color palette though

  • No.

  • golden_valley

    I’m surprised no one has said this yet. This looks like a decoy show by a Project Runway loser.

    • cleverlady

      I said it in my own way…. see above!

      • golden_valley

        Yes you did.  We’re both marked “4 hours ago”.  Simultaneous thought processes and typing.  Cool.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    “Wisconsin Death Trip.”   [awesome book, btw]

    Didn’t have much fun on those vacations, eh?

  • spititout

    The Erin Barr collection for K-Mart? Well done! 

  • PeaceBang

    Greetings from Planet Ugly. 

  • Beardslee

    I was, as usual, distracted by the gaunt joylessness of the models.  Why would I want to buy something that those sourpusses are selling?

  • frannyprof

    Remind me to *never* go to Northern Wisconsin.

  • Not loving it. A lot of these pieces are a tad bit over-designed, but boring at the same time.

  • I guess I can see the “inspiration” in some of the colors, but that’s about it. 

  • barbarienne

    Family’s cabin in northern Wisconsin? So I guess all the vents, slits, and windows are to simulate the feeling of the icy northern wind coming through poorly chinked logs and windows?

    Some if it’s nice, most of it’s bland, and none of it says “I was in a cabin in the wild north.” I cry BS on that bit of romanticizing.

  • Belvane

    “Erin Barr Fall 2013 collection, inspired by her time spent at…” “…an Eastern European psych ward”?

  • Zippypie

    How much more boring can you get?

  • formerlyAnon

    She was there in late fall and winter? Say, mid-November through late February? Save the purple, I could see getting her color palette from the bare trees and winter sky. (Maybe the purple is a late evening sky? Not convinced.)

    But the real issue is that these look limp and often rumpled. On models. On a runway. 

    There are a few pieces many women might wear, and there are a few women who can probably wear many of these, but it takes more imagination than I have to get excited by this.

  • Terrible_Person

    Blech. What’s the use of fashion that leaves you sad and bored?

  • guest2visits

    Ugh.. droopy executive socks.
    The only one that I like would be the 7th row, middle; and the one below it – I like the grey print.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    This collection looks like she was inspired by a Russian gulag. Yech.

  • Kyle Crawford

    This is totally like a fashion spread from THE ONION, right ? I mean , come on : “Erin Barr Fall 2013 collection, inspired by her time spent at her family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin.”….

  • BLAH

  • quiltrx

    Well, the cutouts are interesting, anyway.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    There is no where in Northern Wisconsin to wear this stuff, and the folks in Northern Wisconsin would titter at it.  Incredibly meh.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Are they wearing Dad Socks?  Eeew.

  • Meh.

  • Puckndc


  • Deb Oswald

    I am FROM northern WI and I find that somewhat insulting!!  We are all about landscape and beautiful color and light.  ew to this

  • libraangel

    Quick, somebody: tell me what is so special/trendy with these looks? (I don’t see it)

  • akprincess72


  • tmchale

    If I made a collection based on time spent with family, there’d be a lot more belts.

  • ccm800

    I see Erin has no compulsion to defend the oh too skinny aesthetic of a runway show. 

  • post-apocalyptic northern wisconsin? i already feel the cramps setting in.