A Shell Suit by Any Other Name…

Shellsuitpants OK, is it just me, or is anyone else seeing a pair of shell suit pants here? Because they sure as hell look like them, don’t they? Oh sure, Dries Van Noten has cunningly named them "ankle zip pants" (because that sounds a lot better…), but everything about them screams out "shell suit" – the elasticated waist (AN ELASTICATED WAIST! Hands up if you’re under the age of 70 and you’d contemplate wearing an elasticated waist!), the crinkly, wrinkly, dare I say shell-like fabric, the… are those elasticated ankles?

They are, you know. Elasticated ankles with zips on them. Now, I won’t even tolerate elastic on the ankles of my jogging pants, so there’s just no way we can ignore this flagrant abuse of fashion, especially when Mr Van Noten is charging £230 for what is, essentially, a pair of shell suit bottoms. Can we?


  • November 8, 2007


    I know a 73 year old who wouldn’t be caught dead. . .

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  • November 10, 2007


    Why, hello, Blanche…

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