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But all navel gazing aside, many of us (myself included) have come to expect and enjoy the sometimes quirky, mostly fabulous street style of the individual girl with a budding blog or built from the ground-up personal brand. So when I saw everyone’s favorite and simultaneously not so favorite fashion retailer was getting in on the action, I didn’t really know what to think.
Look familiar? Forever 21 recently rolled out a new lookbook of priced to move pieces, which they have dubbed their “Exclusive Designs” collection. Im assuming this means none of these items have been ripped off from anyone else. No, this cluster eff is ALL on them.
The WTF is all too familiar, with heavy favoritism paid to crochet, mesh, the ass cape trend and whatever the 9 lb baby Jesus this is:
I can only assume that wide-eyed look is due to the approaching villagers with pitchforks and torches, just off camera.
But I digress. What’s really interesting about this new development in Forever 21′s online catalog is not the offensive levels of salmon colored, mismatched neon crochet. It’s the dilemma of whether of not this presentation tactic makes those WTFs more alluring.
I mean, does this photo make me more likely to purchase and wear a mini dress length fishing net?
Or does this?
Well, since it’s Friday and my brain only works at 33% power, maximum on Fridays, I’m asking YOU to BE THE JUDGE.
Let me know in the comments what you think of Forever 21′s more editorial online look.
Forever 21, Not Sure if WTF or Wonderful.
According to his Twitter account, New York based artist Jon Contino was shocked when a friend sent the link for the above tee on the left side currently being sold by Forever 21 online and in stores around the country.
Contino created the piece, with it’s distinctive scrawled text over an even more distinctive anchor design, for his wife as a token of love. Turns out she wasn’t the only one who thought it was awesome.
Now, this is not, by any stretch, the first time Forever 21 has been accused of stealing designs, patterns and intellectual property from artists, so the similarities between their tee and Contino’s art does not surprise me.
But as a consumer? Someone who has a choice in where she spends her money and can make my opinions know through that choice? This does disappoint.
As of 6pm PST, this item is no longer available online. I figured that would happen. Guess who took a screenshot, bitches?
Forever 21, WTF?
I have to admit, it looks less like dancing and more like someone in a line outside a Hollywood club who dropped their birth control pill on the sidewalk and is trying to pinch it off the curb between their press on nails.
Forever 21, Ohh, girl, no.
The consumer assumes they’ve gotten a good deal and the retailer doesn’t lose their shirt. It’s a fundamentally dishonest way to go about doing things, but in the end, everyone is usually happy and the costumer if mostly none the wiser.
Well, WTForever 21 reader Shannon got wise to Forever 21 this month in a most alarming way.
According to Shannon, she purchased the below pictured top online at Forever21.com during a clearance sale for $15.99.
She thought she was getting a good deal. That is, until the top actually came in the mail and she took a gander at the tag attached to it.
While Forever 21 had sold the top online at an allegedly discounted rate of $15.99, the tag on the tastefully bedazzled tee she received read $15.80.
A FINAL SALE, NOT RETURNABLE $15.80 that, according to Shannon, they charged her $15.99 for ON SALE.
This takes fake sales to a whole new level and “Go fuck yourself, customer” sentiment into Olympic Gold standard stratosphere. Yes, it’s only a $.19 difference, but that small difference sends a big message. The big message being “We quite literally give approximately zero fucks about even LOOKING like we give zero fucks.”
Well, Forever 21, I’ve got a message for you. Probably familiar with it by now. It’s an oldie but a goodie.
Forever 21, WTF?
This right here is a damn shame.
Abstract Painting Dress: $15.80
This looks like something Grace Jones would have worn on a Mardi Gras float in 1983.
Why anyone would want to look like Chiquita Banana’s meth head step daughter is beyond me.
Forever 21, WTF?
Not all display dolls are created equally. They range from the eerily attractive to the freakishly formed, with faceless, colorless and hairless mannequins landing right on the top of the goosebumps inducing heap.
Like this trio of lacquered idiots.
Instead of striking shoppers as interesting and avant-garde, these mannequins simply look like over-zealous, soft headed lunatics whose handlers dressed them in the dark and pushed into the road to direct traffic.
If only merciful tragedy (or a large truck) would strike.
Forever 21, Why do you Insist on Scaring People with your Life Size No Face Dolls?
Flipper Graphic Tee: $16.90
Maybe Forever 21 isn’t afraid of everyone’s favorite rock widow and Hole front lady. Or maybe the blogging community who “reported” on this without actually doing any research or qualifying any statements needs to do their fucking JOBS in the future.
When the story about Forever 21 allegedly “stealing Kurt Cobain’s original t-shirt design” was first reported about, and picked up, and re-reported about, music and fashion blogs at large pounced on it like a group of hungover frat boys on stale pizza – topping off the already poorly researched post that started it all with new info and blatantly unethical assumptions that Forever 21 had removed the tee because they feared a legal battle with Love.
Not only did most of them fail to point out the shirt, which they alleged is Cobain’s design, was being sold at online retailer WornFree.com for $45, they also failed to mention the dead eyed dolphin depicted on the tee is the mascot of band Flipper and predates Cobain’s alleged doodle.
But what REALLY got my cameltoe panties in a twist was the reporting that Forever 21 had removed the product the same day this “story” was posted, when in actuality the item was simply listed as out of stock and has now returned to Forever 21′s online store.
As you all know, I am Forever 21′s biggest critic and also one of their biggest fans and have criticized them for everything from their shoddy stitch work to their tasteless product shots, but this blatant bad reporting and unethical assumption machine that went to work on Forever 21 over what is essentially a discounted band tee was completely out of order.
Recently, a blogger in Oregon was hit with a $2.5 million fine from a judge who said she wasn’t a journalist and therefore could not enjoy any of the protections a journalist would in court. Some might say the judge was out of touch or has a prejudice but I say he’s making an example.
Forever 21 and the Flipper tee fiasco is just a very small instance of why traditional media is still on the fence about bloggers. Even Rolling Stone’s blog “Thread Count” couldn’t be bothered to issue any kind of correction or retraction on this and would only go so far as to call their latest post with clarification from Forever 21′s team an “update.”
Online only journalists, bloggers, whatever you want to call them, have got to start doing a better job if they want the public at large, and courts in certain states no less, to start taking them ALL seriously.
Come on Blogosphere! WTF?