Holey Clothes: Julien Macdonald fine-knit slash-detail sweater

We can’t see this model’s face but we imagine that she looks pretty upset.  She’s just paid almost £600 for this sweater and it’s falling apart already!  We’re not sure whether she caught her shoulder on a nail, or was viciously attacked by some relation of the clothes ripper.  Either way she is in danger of the right shoulder giving way completely, leaving her in rather a predicament as she may end up revealing more than she initially intended.

Net-A-Porter call this a ‘directional separate’ and it’s directional alright.  We just feel it should be heading in the direction of the rag bags as we’re not sure such an amount of damage can be mended, no matter how talented the seamstress.

What do you think though?  Would you pay £590 for a sweater with holes in the shoulder?  If you would, you can buy it here.


  • July 23, 2010


    I wouldn’t pay such a sum for it, but I don’t hate the idea. As long as the exposed shoulder looks intentional it’s okay with me.
    What I don’t like in this case is the torn part near the hem. That’s something I would complain about to the seller.

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    • July 30, 2010

      Rock Hyrax

      Oh I didn’t notice that bit at the hem. I like it otherwise.

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  • July 23, 2010


    I like this. I’d wear it! I wouldn’t pay that much money for it though, (or any other article of clothing , to be honest)
    I didn’t notice the ripped hem at first and I agree, it could do without that rip. And as long as it’s constructed well and doesn’t actually start to fall apart after a few wears…
    Overall It looks pretty comfy and cool.

    You could really make your own version of this type of thing so I don’t know what the deal is with people paying such exorbitant prices for imitation D.I.Y stuff.

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  • July 23, 2010


    I like that one actually. I wouldn’t pay £590 for any item of clothing though.

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  • July 23, 2010


    While I would NEVER pay that much money…on any piece of clothing in fact, other than a couture gown or a wedding dress lol, I like this idea. I actually quite like the shirt, but I feel I could easily find it cheaper. Or find a sweater, and do it myself.

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  • July 24, 2010


    I’m with everyone else. The price is far too high, but the shoulder detail works quite nicely. It’s no too over-done and makes quite a nice subtle feature in an otherwise plain piece of clothing.

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  • July 28, 2010


    Buy a shirt, take scissors and do whatever you want to it. Cheaper.

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