Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This is a sweater?

The magazine copy said: "Hip Knit. Who says a sweater gift is boring? Not with this light-as-a-cloud hand-knit mohair-blend pullover by Rodarte, price on request."

We all know what "price on request" means: if you have to ask, you can't afford it. Well, I was curious because frankly, this does not look like a sweater to me. It's maybe the suggestion of a sweater and not one I'd wear.

So I looked up the designer Rodarte. No prices, of course. However, there was a photo of a model wearing a similar creation and, no, she didn't wear a camisole underneath it. Not working for me.

A store in France carries Rodarte sweaters though, and I translated the Euros to dollars and discovered this baby runs about $2,400.

Here's what the French store said about the knitted object (I refuse to call it a sweater): "Rodarte is now the most creative brand in the American fashion world and its clothes are real wishes. [I think the translator messed that up a bit.] A very light 'cage' wisely made with different weight yarns."

Frankly, I think the folks here at RTY could produce this for a lot less than $2,400, although I'm not sure why we'd want to.

Anyway, I hope no one gets me this for Christmas. Think of the stash you could build with that amount of disposable cash!

Am I just completely fashion-blind (which I admit is a distinct possibility)? Does someone here understand why you'd fork over thousands of dollars for this?

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Blogger KnitTech said...

It's really amazing what people consider fashion.

7:26 AM  
Blogger teabird said...

The copy got one thing right: the pullover is not boring.
If you're paying for the designer's artistic vision, I'll pass. Actually, I'll dash away!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

I actually think it's great. Thin, lighweight. Slimming! But normal folks would wear something underneath it, like a slinky black camisole. I could see wearing this for a hip poetry reading held at some art gallery over west of Greektown. And would even pay up to $150 or so for it, if I had that much spare cash lying around...

9:53 AM  
Blogger georg said...

I'm happy to make a knock of that for $300. That's probably $40 for yarn, $100 for my time, $10 for shipping, and $150 for pain and suffering on my part for having to knit the damned thing.

I'm not all that keen on high fashion- I've never been able to wear crap like that.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I really like it, too, but I think you have to be very young and very thin and yep, wear something under this. You don't wear it for warmth, but for fashion.

11:08 AM  
Blogger JellyDonut said...

My cats would take one look at this and rip it to shreds, which I would deserve. I'm having a new range delivered today and I could buy two of them for the price of one of these garments. (I won't call it a sweater either.) And yeah, the stash I could build with the money!

I'm not opposed to spending money on fabulous clothes, but only if it's something I know I could wear for ten years and not look dated. It also helps if it has a function other than just to make me look fashionable. This is fashion, no doubt, but in times like these a purchase like this has a "let them eat cake" attitude. IMHO.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Katminder said...

It reminds me of the scarf my nephew made for his school project. Loosely knitted, odd sized stitches, interesting color choices, of course, he was 6...

12:41 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I'm reminded of the very fine line between crap and couture. Very Emperor's New Clothes imo. A part of me kind of likes it (the part of me that enjoys weird kinds of fiber art.) The other part of me remembers my disastrous Sea Foam scarf (see blog post from a month or two ago) which was constructed of a series of yarnovers. The truth is unless you're carrying along a strand of piano wire with your yarn, you're going to get an amorphous schlumpy mass of knitting that will NOT stand up w/o a megadose of fiber Viagra. Can't be done.

On a gorgeous young and/or perfect body the sweater would rock. But then again on a gorgeous young and/or perfect body so would a Fruit of the Loom t-shirt!

The truth is Ijust plain don't know exactly what I think about this. Love the cajones it took to put it out there; laugh at the hype.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash said...

While I might dislike someone enough to give them this sweater, I don't dislike anyone enough to spend $2400.00 to hurt them. Maybe $2399.99.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Your comments were all great! I'm glad there are those who understand that this COULD be worn for the right occasion and with the right underclothes. I guess I sort of can see it.

However, I still maintain that the price is absurd for the product. I think Rodarte is trying to pull the wool over our eyes. (Yes, go ahead and groan!)

3:18 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...


I think I would wear this, and possibly manage to pull it off (if I could find the right pieces to accessorize it). However, they'd have to pay me to wear it, instead of me spending $2400.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i saw this sweater in the I-D editorial i went INSANE i was like I HAVE TO HAVE THIS SWEATER. it's amazing. it would look effortlessly cool and interesting over anything. and then i see it online for like, 1000 something euros which is whatever in us dollars and i was like OH HELL NO for that i could take up knitting and make one myself. or i could just buy a colorfully knit sweater and wear the shit out of it till it becomes this. my point is, its not worth it but there's no denying its an amazing piece. one that inspired me to love knits more than i already did.
and done.

7:59 PM  

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