Ripping the Collections: Joe, Part 1
If you’re settling in for a rip-fest on par with Suede’s or even Jerell’s, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. Don’t get us wrong; there’s plenty here to rip and we’ll get to it, but upon examination, we came to the conclusion that Joe’s collection wasn’t nearly as bad as we thought. It’s not exactly good, but it’s not as bad as Suede’s or Jerell’s. Faint praise, to be sure. One thing that can’t be denied: these pieces were almost all perfectly executed and retail-ready. The problem is with the style itself. Coyote Ugly just ain’t Bryant Park-worthy. Basically, it’s a catalogue collection. That catalogue would be Schott Brothers, Joe’s employer. All he really did was send down the kind of outfits he’s been making for years.
Let’s get one thing out of the way before we start: absolutely nothing in this collection is to our tastes. Having said that, this isn’t bad. It’s not a “wow” look but then again, nothing in this collection is. We don’t like the pointy tops to the bustier and we think the skirt would have looked better an inch or two shorter, but for what it is, it’s not bad.
A well-done look. We like the multiple zippers in the bustier and you can’t deny that the jeans are just about perfect.
Two good pieces on top, one horrible piece on the bottom, three pieces that should never have been put together. Love the gold metallic jacket. The bustier’s nice but that zipper is crooked. All pieces could be purchased in thousands of mid-range stores nationwide.
Two pieces that might work if they were paired with other pieces. We don’t exactly like them, but we can’t help thinking the real issue is that they’re in one outfit.
By the way, the belts and jewelry? Awful.
That jacket is probably our favorite piece in his collection. The leather pants are all wrong for it. A pair of skinny jeans would have looked great with this.