• Funkykatt

    Inspired by Wilma Flintstone and Scarlett O’Hara?

    • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

      It’s actually inspired by *wait for it* red carpet. Couture fashion is often featured on red carpets, so V&R were inspired by the carpet itself, naturally. The idea may sound interesting in theory, but as we see here, it looks really bad in real life. What’s next: concrete cocktail dresses?

      • Thomas

        It’s like conceptual art. Just because there’s an interesting or thought provoking idea behind it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to make an interesting or beautiful piece of art.

        • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

          Yes, but while (conceptual) art doesn’t have to be beautiful, fashion needs to be, right? It’s not bad if art is ‘ugly’, but if clothes are ugly that’s very bad. Especially if they cost more than someone’s car.

          • Thomas

            Yes, there’s some “ugly” art that I love! But art needs to be interesting and just because the idea behind a piece is interesting doesn’t make the piece interesting. And yes, fashion does need to be beautiful, even if it’s wackadoo.

          • demidaemon

            I see what you are saying and everything, but these look like someone stitched a fancy bath towel into a weird shape (sometimes, they didn’t even bother with the stitches–see look two), which, to me, is neither art nor beautiful clothing.

          • Thomas

            Oh I wasn’t calling it art. I was saying that like conceptual art, just because the idea behind a piece is interesting doesn’t mean the piece itself is interesting. A canvas entirely covered in blue paint might have a lot of meaning or representation to the artist, but that doesn’t necessarily make it good or interesting art imo.

          • demidaemon

            Oh, I see now. makes a lot more sense. Thanks for the elucidation.

          • Sophie

            At least that blue is a prettier colour to look at! Thank you for explaining this, though.

          • marlie

            Not “art,” not beautiful, not creative, interesting or innovative. A fail all around.

        • FuhUgh

          And why do we need so many versions of the same knotted red bathmat dress?

      • StrandedFashionista

        That is a really interesting concept. I’m trying to think of a way that one could make these dresses work, and apart from turning the ‘carpet’ to velvet and completely redesigning them… I can’t think of any.

        • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

          This collection is just not flattering. And these girls are models.

      • Sarah

        Is it my monitor? Because these look like rusty carpets. Which seems like someone’s horrible redheaded porn name, now that I think on it.

        • demidaemon

          I thought they looked like bath towels. Rusty bath towels, but bath towels.

          • uprightcitizen

            Exactly. Who knew when we were kids playing around with our towels after our baths, that we were all creating couture? This isn’t just silly … it’s LAZY and silly.

          • demidaemon

            If I had known that, I could be a rich fashion designer now! Or, at least, on Project Runway.

          • random_poster

            No. I think that even a designer on Project Runway would recoil in terror if they sent this out.

          • Dorothy & Michael n/a

            My thoughts exactly – LAZY was the first thought that came to mind.

          • conniemd

            My thought was they ran out of the house stark naked because of the fire and their next door neighbor gave them a big rust colored bath towel to cover up with.

          • Terri Ellis

            Not towels, but bath mats. The cheap kind you find at WalMart that shed fuzz nonstop. I can’t imagine how much rusty red fuzz was everywhere backstage.

        • FrigidDiva

          “Rusty carpets” hit my funny bone at work and now I’m trying explain why I’m sitting here snorting. It’s a good thing it’s Friday.

      • alyce1213

        I think it’s a silly inspiration, especially if you’re giving it no more than a literal treatment. Where’s the creativity? Nowhere. What’s the point?

        • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

          I agree with you.

    • Glam Dixie

      And one appears to have been inspired by Tony the Tiger.

    • Matt Kaler

      Yabadabadoo time.

  • Alyssa

    Spa couture? I’m going to pass.

  • LadyCelia

    Muppet Snuggies.

    • smayper

      I thought snuggles too! They are fugly, but they look comfy- so hey. At least they aren’t ugly AND viciously uncomfortable, like so much fashion I’ve seen! (hoof shoes)

  • SewingSiren

    Flattering.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    Bathmats, towels, shower curtains. Oh my.

    • Amanda Welliver

      And Red M&M…

  • Denise Rambo

    It’s the Plushies Collection!

  • Gatto Nero

    Bathtowel bomb.

  • pattyw

    The Jennifer Aniston/Heidi Klum bath sheet collection.

    • Shelby

      Frau Klum wouldn’t be CAUGHT DEAD in these towel-dresses.

    • Aldona Dye

      I can’t wait for Jennifer Aniston to wear the second one-you know, the one that literally looks like a bath towel.

      • Lower L

        My thoughts exactly! Though doesn’t she usually go for shiny or sparkly?

        • Aldona Dye

          Yeah, and flesh-toned. Darn. If only she had a sense of humor about her fashion….

  • oatmealpie

    Viktor Rolf recently acquired all of his late aunt Mildred’s bathroom linens.

  • smayer

    Oy.

  • http://andreabloggt.wordpress.com/ wassernixlein

    Bath Towels? *lol*

  • Zeee

    WTF did I just see? Have they just given up? Maybe they slept too late and had to improvise? Ummmmmm, this bath mat! This can be the collection!!!

    • Gatto Nero

      I just can’t.
      Does anyone take this seriously?

    • evave2

      I am just a person who is looking at this, could never afford it, but I am actually offended. Like, they think I should GET IT. But I don’t. And I agree, it looks like backstage at some kid’s show where the clothes did not make it so they improvised. I just feel weird looking at it.

  • hughman

    You had ONE job!

    • Ginmaru

      And that was to make towel animals to put on the BEDS in the hotel room!

      • hughman

        With the WHITE towels!

        • Ginmaru

          The HAND towels!

          • hughman

            And stop eating the soap!

          • Ginmaru

            I love you. Full stop.

          • smayper

            I love all of you. Best thing to read at my desk all week.

  • ilovecupkates

    Creatively tied bathmats and house slippers?

  • Carleenml

    People srsly sat through this and applauded? The Emperor Has no Clothes comes to mind.

  • marlie

    Bathmat chic? I don’t think so. There are a couple of pieces that might have potential, but the rest is a whole lot of “NO.”

  • Mark Anast

    What. The. Fuck.

  • Heather

    So this is the droopy terry cloth collection?

  • Janice Bartels

    How…absorbent?

    • http://andreabloggt.wordpress.com/ wassernixlein

      perfect for rainy weather? ;-)

  • Jennifer Bober

    What’s with the bath sheets?

    • Imasewsure

      No no the sheets are for their BRIDAL collection, dear…. this is the towel collection for fall of course

  • charlotte

    Oh, a plush towel! And another one…and another one. With bows. Oh my.

  • alyce1213

    Now I’ve seen it all. This is their couture collection?

  • NMMagpie

    This actually makes the Snuggie look chic.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    No wonder the models look like they’re only moments way from throwing themselves off a bridge. This is awful.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    at least there would be an explanation for yoga/shower hair?

  • StrandedFashionista

    Models of color would have made these looks sing- if nothing else the reds would have popped against a darker skin tone than these pale models.

    • Lower L

      There were two models of color. And neither made her tied-at-the-shoulder terra-cotta bathmat sing. Probably because they were tied-at-the-shoulder terra-cotta bathmats.

      • StrandedFashionista

        Wow. It shows how much these dresses don’t register when I don’t even notice the models or their looks.

    • Aldona Dye

      I think the only song these garments can sing is, “Use me to dry off after you shower!”

  • Shelby

    What. The. Fuck. It’s towels by way of the Flinstones. We’re being trolled.

  • carrie

    What the fuck.

  • Angel Ratliff

    Wait… are bath mats a thing now? I need to revisit the JPG post to scrub this from my brain.

  • Thomas

    Now we’ve officially seen everything. Terrycloth Bathrobe Couture coming to stores near you.

  • homofascist

    Hideous but GOD DAMN how fabulous would I feel drinking my tea in the morning in one of those?

  • Sarah

    I am suddenly longing for a long, hot shower.

  • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    I can see it now…the next show coming to your local Bed Bath & Beyond. Grab your 20% off coupon!

  • MW

    Oh dear.
    Also, what’s with the MASSIVE SHOES?

  • Amanda Welliver

    Bwahahahahahahha!

  • Darcy H

    Ok but seriously this was a joke right? Or like a psychology experiment? Please tell me that at the end they came out and were like “ahaha you suckers just applauded for the contents of my hotel bathroom!”

  • KT

    Shower chic (?)!

    This is PURE Project Runway unconventional materials challenge.

    • marlie

      This is the designer who was auffed from the unconventional materials challenge.

  • furyleika

    Holy moly, I hated this when I saw it (online) yesterday. I’m so glad to not be alone. The review I read was pretty glowing and I was just like…bath mats! Horrible bathmats!

    • Gatto Nero

      Who wrote the glowing review?

      • demidaemon

        Yeah, I want to know this two. Because they have to be visually impaired in some fashion or being paid, because otherwise, they are batshit crazy.

        • Gatto Nero

          On the payroll no doubt.

          • demidaemon

            Probably.

  • Glam Dixie

    Available at Costco.

  • Kent Roby

    I blame this collection for my over drinking tonight.

    • Sarah

      You need someone to blame? Shoot. I blame…darkness?

      • decormaven

        Blame it on the moonlight.

      • rh33

        Blame it on Mame.

  • Kent Roby

    Bed Bath and Beyond Ridiculous.

  • bunnydiet

    I would love to sit with this designer for 15 minutes and ask him why?

  • RedRaven617

    My blanky!!

  • decormaven

    Punkin.

  • rhône

    of all the haute couture collections this is the one that fucked me up the most. i don’t like it at all but i also find it so weirdly intriguing…wish i could know what was going through their heads when they put this one together. and i admire their commitment to a theme, if nothing else.

    • boweryboy

      understateddiva mentioned in her above post (and you can read more on various fashion websites) that this collection was V&R’s direct response to the red carpet dictating fashion. So, in a brilliant move they created a collection in which the red carpet literally becomes the fashion.

  • MilaXX

    *pours some out for the muppets who gave their lives for this collection.

    • PinkyK

      Ha! Perfect!

    • marlie

      I almost choked on my dinner.

  • PinkyK

    Umm…bath towel chic?

  • MoHub

    So—a collection built on bath towels and bath sheets.

  • evave2

    It all looks like towel fashion. More than half the pieces anyway. I can’t believe it. And it looks like their wearing my red slippers. Other than that I am speechless.

  • imustacheyouaquestion

    Bath towels and Snuggies.

  • Lex

    Bathrobe Couture. Um…No.

  • Ashleigh

    R I D I C U L O U S

  • SugarSnap108

    I’d hate to get caught in the rain in one of these. Or caught living and breathing in one of these.

  • demidaemon

    Bath towel chic.

    This collection depressed the shit out of me. WTH? I hate it, BTW.

  • rh33

    Ooooo. The Plushie Collection.

  • what not

    This is just plain lazy. I mean, really.

  • Moocows

    This is some serious fashion trolling.

  • altalinda

    Somebody ran out of ideas.

  • Miranda Reseigh

    I was just thinking that this could be a Pinterest How-to on creative ways to tie your beach towel.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Never wear a bow bigger than your head.

  • Imasewsure

    I’m so confused… there is that one awesome coat in the middle of all of these bath towels… seriously though they should have put panty hose on the models’ heads too so that they could have had long flowing make-believe braids to go with their make-believe towel-gowns….

  • Kara Keenan

    It’s like a Project Runway challenge based on “things you find at Bed, Bath & Beyond.” Except your ass would be auf’d for half of these outfits.

  • Imasewsure

    Lucy and Ethel punk Ricky and Fred again… V&R… you got some ‘splaining to dooooo!

  • sienna elm

    new takes on the bathrobe? I like a few of the red & orange pieces but some of them look like shower curtains. It’s an ode to the bath, plain and simple.

  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    It’s all very “angry pre-teen whose brother stole her clothes at the lake house, so she had to fashion an ensemble from her towel/bath mat so the dreamy son of her dad’s boss wouldn’t see her in the altogether.”

    Things got a little too specific.

  • Trickytrisha

    Meh, to me these look like plush throw blankets in the color that didn’t sell well and are on sale half off, then slashed 30% more. I find the non-styling of the models kinda natural and refreshing, if boring. Speaking of boring… that pretty much sums up the whole collection.

  • Cousin_Rose

    these models are too young to be dressed up like women waiting to be undressed

  • Qitkat

    These will be flying off the shelves of Bed Bath and Boring. The expression on the model’s faces says all we need to know.

  • http://baublesandbubbles.blogspot.com/ Jammies

    If all that was left at Tara was the bath towels and Scarlett needed a new dress, these are what she’d make.

  • titaness25

    God, Gretchen, stop trying to make awkwardly knotted bath-towels happen!

  • understateddiva

    Ha! Kind of a fabulous eff you statement isn’t it? They’re sick of the red carpet dictating what constitutes fashion – so they made a collection where the red carpet has truly taken over! If I hadn’t seen some extraordinary collections from them I’d be rolling my eyes (harder), but I’m happy to laugh with them on this.

    • Dam_Angel

      Thanks for that insight.

      • Gatto Nero

        The insight is interesting.
        I still hate the clothes.

    • boweryboy

      Exactly. When I saw the collection and read their statement I thought it was brilliant.

  • CKMia

    Pure fuckery.

  • KimThore

    So bath towels are in?

  • Paula Pertile

    It has to be a joke.

  • PastryGoddess

    Anyone who wears that fabric will be accused of muppet-cide. But the shapes and silhouettes are fab

  • LeelaST

    This is the unconventional materials challenge for the upcoming season of PR, right? Choose anything in the rust family at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

  • mar

    They’re fashion-forward bath towels.

  • frannyprof

    Snuggie chic. Seriously. What. The fuck.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Oh, this was serious?

  • Loola234

    Plush bath towels

  • thesevenendless

    No. Just….no. Shitty terrycloth bathrobe “couture”

  • leahem

    As Ford Prefect and the Guide says, “A towel is the most important item a hitchhiker could carry.”

  • roche

    In a word, no.

  • RescueMe23

    Some expensive bathrobes and slippers!!

  • quiltrx

    NO. And no. And no.
    I can’t wear either of those colors, so this line is automatically ‘out’ to my mind’s eye.
    Plus, I just can’t with bath towels and bath mats.

  • Sophie

    This is ridiculous. The second look must be the most half-assed piece of “clothing” I have ever seen on a runway picture.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during the meetings for this.

  • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

    Thanks…needed this chuckle!

  • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

    Those fuzzy dresses and giant bows make the models look like tiny dolls that someone has made clothes for out of scraps of velvet. Very odd scale!

  • Snailstsichr

    This is so horrid. It looks like Dollar Tree holiday plush gift bags being worn by models who accidentally ran into a secret government shrinking machine. “Honey, I shrunk the runway!”

  • SophieCollier

    An endless parade of towels and napkins. WT everloving F?

  • Columbinia

    This collection says, “We’re lost, we’re utterly lost. We’re doing velour towels and shower curtains — over and over. Please let us go away for a while for a rest, a nice long rest. Some place where we can do a little gardening, some carpentry, we always wanted to farm…. Did we ever tell you about how Uncle Wilhelm died?”

  • webslice33

    Beautiful bath robes!

  • DeidreRobbers

    I keep thinking Pinterest post on what you can do with a towel. No Thankyou…

  • ankali

    Huh. I’m having a surprisingly visceral reaction of disgust and anger here. It’s not that the pieces are ugly (though they are), it’s that the models are styled to look like widdle girls wiv their teddy bears just out of the bath. It’s not just hideous, it’s some weird combination of infantilizing and fetishistic that I find really offensive.

    • boweryboy

      Hmmm… it’s interesting how perspectives differ. I don’t see that at all.

  • Shawn EH

    Is there a Flintstones Musical?

  • sk8tfan

    This gives me a creepy vibe that they are wearing their sugar daddies’ bathrobes.

  • Herr Meier

    the fuck is this

  • Jarethee

    Towel…Couture. I really hope that the runway had air conditioning because this would be rough to have to wear in the summer.

  • Abigail Tyrrell

    is this graduate fashion? cause OMG!

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Jennifer Aniston’s getting the bedazzler gun ready.

  • MissusBee

    Perfect for ‘that time’, amirite ladies?

  • Beardslee

    Wow. That was hilarious!

  • Wink

    This collection is killing me… softly:)

  • Dreamwr8tr

    Project Runway Bathrobe & Window Curtain Challenge.

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    Who knew I had designer clothing hanging on the back of my bathroom door? I am going to take a photo of my beautiful daughter wearing a bath towel with a large bow, post it on eBay, and entertain offers (for the towel, not the daughter). Good news is, I won’t have to coach her to look too unhappy during the photo session.

  • Miss Ruth

    Cleaning out the lint trap would be a bitch, is all l’m saying.

  • MarissaLG

    YES! Who didn’t “design” dresses with their post-shower towel as a kid?

    (Anyone? Just me?)

  • amf0001

    bathrobe chic?

  • Hermione

    How do these people stay in business, let alone get taken seriously?

    • boweryboy

      Collectors. Their fall couture show from last year consisted of black dresses that, when viewed collectively, formed a zen garden. Half the collection was bought by an art collector minutes after the show.

      • Columbinia

        Also, perfume, some ready-to-wear.

  • Danielle

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Sophia Finfer

    Who knew I was basically a fashion designer every time I wrap a towel around myself after a shower..

  • Captain_Awkward

    Project Runway Orange Towel Challenge!

  • boweryboy

    I love these guys and their intellectual approach to fashion. This entire collection was so meta – red carpet dresses made out of red carpet. How brilliant is that? I also love how V&R are more concerned with art expressed through fashion.

  • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

    This is like the I Love Lucy episode where they wore burlap sacks to mock fashion.

  • Anapestic

    Project Runway blanket draping challenge.

  • vickilu

    Flinstones Spa Collection

  • Innuendo

    Seriously? Bath towels are couture now?

  • Deedles

    You know, it’s Friday, I am jet-lagged and cranky. I’ve seen some truly hideous and amateurish “couture” collections these past two weeks. Can anyone explain to me why this stuff gets a free pass as couture? Most of this wouldn’t render well in normal fabrics, either (see: Dior).

  • kategs

    Well, they’ve run out of coherent ideas haven’t they!

  • smayper

    In addition to all the bath towel horror, it’s GIANT BOW horror. I hate those things, even on otherwise great garments.

  • MK03

    This is a fucking joke, right?

  • aglorios

    Can we please stop tying women in giant bows.

  • Lily

    Just how many ways can you fold up a bath mat?

  • LJCdoc

    I just got lots of new ideas for how to tie up my giant velour bath towels!

  • unbornfawn

    Is it appropriate that I’m laughing at this collection?

  • EEKstl

    I’m sorry…is this a joke?

  • MaggieMae

    Hilarious!

  • Jennifer Schiller

    I give up.

  • ali meowmeow

    I could excuse some of the hideous but I’m really disappointed it’s so one-note. A few seconds after viewing it, The looks have run together so much I can’t remember any specific garment. What’s the use of being a little crazy if you can’t at least be memorable?

  • John11581

    I haven’t read through the (currently) 190 comments yet, so forgive me if I repeat what’s already been said. All I see are bath towels and bed sheets. I’m having flashbacks of when my little cousin used to play dress up while my aunt was folding laundry.

  • anonylind

    After-shower wear.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Repurposed towels and snuggies. No “design” whatsoever. Drunken thoughts come to life.

  • ghopping

    “Sometimes when I run out of towels, I tie my bathmat around me and call it couture.”

  • Linda Leeson

    And you thought the snuggy fad was over…

  • Ruby_Red

    The Project Runway challenge was: You have a bunch of red towels and orange sheets. You have two hours, and you may only tie and glue. No sewing is allowed. The result: this collection

  • ItAin’tMe

    Is Viktor’s and Rolf’s last name Flintstone, by any chance?

  • revlisacat

    Microfleece throw origami — I can even see them standing there with a throw saying, “hmmmm…how else can we tie a bow on this…”

  • joything

    Some look like actual dresses, but for the rest I couldn’t help wondering how many Targets have lost their entire stock of bath towels and bathmats.

  • Almut Weidenprinzessin

    inspired by the red carpet in your bathroom

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    project runway challenge: use the decorator items in your bathrooms to make a couture look in one hour. don’t forget to employ the K_Mart wall of bedroom slippers thoughtfully. like tim gunn, i am concerned…

  • MandyM

    I can’t wait to see someone wear one of these bath rugs in the real world. Want to guess who it will be? Maybe Gaga?

  • http://journal.translarte.de/ Muyserin

    This cracked me up, because while reading the post, I was dressed in a 10 year old dressing gown made of the exact same material. I SWEAR!

  • mare

    wow, I didn’t know bed, bath and beyond were debuting a haute couture collection

  • Tami from Seattle

    Those models have the widest feet I’ve ever seen.

  • Colleen

    Bathrobes.

  • lilazander

    Shower fashion.

  • ellatheingenue

    wait….like literally bath towel couture?? ?