Color Me The Artist Formerly Known As P. Diddy

17 February 2008 at 10:00 pm 1 comment

Here we are again to discuss the trials and tribulations of fashion! Today I write with mixed feelings on the designs of a certain P. Diddy because

1. While his recent menswear designs are creative and eye-catching, I have a hard time imagining that any man would willingly integrate glitter, cropped sweaters and giant fur collars into their daily wardrobes.

2. High fashion for men is a fantastic idea, yet reality remains that not very many normal (being non-celebrity) men get excited about fashion and the way their clothes look.

3. P. Diddy is a rapper.

A rapper, a designer? Sure. You have models turned actors, actors turned singers and models turned singers, so why not? The real stumbling stone for me is that as a girl with little appreciation for a genre of music whose hits are consistently about clubs and patrone, it is hard to imagine one of the most recognized proponents of said genre being genuinely creative and innovative when it comes to clothing design.

Whether it be a suit of contrasting prints or the rappers staple white T, Diddy stands out for his personal ensembles and is rarely spotted un-put together. The question is, are his designs well made and innovative? Or is he just another celeb-gone-multi-career? What evidence stands to prove that Diddy can design dandy duds?

Excuse the Dr. Seuss moment.

Exhibit A: the Sean John/Macy’s collaboration

Just as one would expect with a celebrity/mega-store collaboration, Sean Jean boasts graphic t’s, bombers, hoodies, saggy jeans, embellished jeans, and logoslogoslogos.

But Sean John does not end there. It branches out of the norm for mass produced lines with suits, printed hoodies and puffa jackets…albeit, girl-hollister-esque ones.


Exhibit B: the fall 08 Sean John Menswear runway collection

Just like any collection, it had its highs…

its lows…
and the in-between.
Here are my thoughts on these pieces. To begin, each of them really does have an amazing artistic quality. I can totally vision these clothes in spreads in magazines. They truly are well designed, and as far as the pictures tell, well crafted. The highs: I love the cut and shape of these jackets! I adore the cut bodice (if that is the correct term for the middle of a man’s jacket!) of the first coat, and the detail and shape of the second one. However, just because P. Diddy wears a gold suit in his “Been Around the World” video does not mean that many other men are going to be jumping at gold jackets themselves. The lows: the first three of these articles of clothing would look stunning on a girl. The first outfit would be killer on Natalia Vodianova. But…on men? Off the runway, red carpet, pages of a magazine? Not so much. Consider 1) the number of men in your life who would go for that sparkly sweater, how low that number is, and that it would be so much more fun for you to wear 2) your high school dance team varsity performing jacket is exactly like the third coat, only the sequins are a different color. I know mine are. That last piece is the only one in the entire collection that I think would look just as awkward on a girl, and I wonder how many other people it reminds of an animal with matted fur. As far as the in-betweens: again, more pieces that Natalia Vodianova would look killer in. My initial reactions to these items were:
– That would look so much better on one of the lady models.
– What man is going to wear a CROPPED sweater?
– The construction of this jacket is completely admirable, however…if I saw this on a male in, say, Borders, I would either think his zipper had popped off and he tried to fix it himself or that the whole thing was one big accident.
-Good concept, yet it yielded Trekkie on top and Target jr. department drop waist on the bottom.
The conclusion I come to after hours of looking through these pictures and reading as much about this ‘Renaissance man’ as I can is that, ignoring how many of the clothes seem more suited for women or Russian supermodels, I am beginning to think that maybe P. Diddy has a career as a designer after all. With a critical eye, I am no longer completely bewildered at the amount of CFDA awards/honors/nominations he has been given in the last couple years, and am actually slightly curious for what he will design next. If only the title of the collection were “womenswear” as opposed to “menswear”, I would be completely sold.
And really. You have to give props for including Ben Stiller in the video for “Bad Boy 4 Life”. It goes to show that Diddy is not only creative and innovative, but maybe a little humorous as well.
Snaps for Diddy the designer!

Entry filed under: fashion oddites, musings, questions, shows.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Alex Pratt  |  8 June 2008 at 8:57 am

    P Diddy keep wearing those plain white t-shirts becuse you look so cool


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