I had to laugh at an article titled Worn-out Fashion Terms in the New York Times. Did you read it too? Some terms couture are dated couture; I’ve been couture complaining couture about some couture fashion words couture for 15 years couture. Guess which word that is? she chirps. I’ll never forget the words of one commentor here who said “this is America, anyone with a sewing machine is a couturier”. Actually, I thought the accompanying graphic was hysterical (and I hope they don’t make me take it down). Here’s the run down:
Most of these don’t bug me although some of the items or concepts purported to be represented by some of those terms do but only because it amounts to over the top marketing. I do think the D.I.Y. shoes in the illustration are hysterical, akin to these train wrecks (context), you see such things everywhere. I think it’s symptomatic of the IKEA Effect and certainly explains the, well, exuberant and enthusiastic pricing of such items.
So which worn out words annoy you? Feel free to post any not on this list. I have first dibs on my perennial favorites such as atelier, croqui, sloper etc.