If the Charlotte Bobcats are desperately trying to set a new NBA record for futility (at least for the lowest winning percentage ever, thanks to the lockout-shortened season…), talking about fashion weeks and shows… well, no, wait, I wanted to compare exclusives to that same futility, but a better comparison is maybe with Plagues of Egypt, of which exclusives may easily represent an interesting variant, something like… like “Frogs, lice and a hail of exclusives”.
Yes, if you don’t know what I think about the whole question, straight to the point: in my humble opinion a very good number of times exclusives are simply senseless, they’re everything but the choice of a model / models who quintessentially embodies / embody both the collection and/or the show, or (they’re everything but) even just the choice of new faces you may really consider the most interesting and promising around (so still talking about new faces, from a different point of view those shows willy-nilly end up becoming a fabric of overnight sensations as well). Points are practically (and quite briefly) two if you want: questionable considerations about those models, generally their potential and specifically what their capacity to really and quintessentially embody the collection / show is and may be, and some more general reflections about how those exclusives most of the times are objectively empty and/or senseless – and so the concept (empty and nonsense) is becoming. In fact most of the times the consideration isn’t “Eeew!!!”, but a quite more simple and neat “Yes, ok, but exactly… why?!”; if you want, a good number of times (not always: in fact it happens maisons for-good-or-for-bad really believe in some exclusives, as they appear in their campaigns too) followed by a polite “If you needed a 24/7 dummy for free (or a pair of your shoes, or a bag, which for you practically “for free” still is) you just had to say it…”.
So yep, even if I’m (and I’ll be) too kind to really and totally indicate who am I specifically talking about (but really, some choices have been at least arguable, disastrous at worst), and especially ‘cause I literally hate those who (ostentatiously) make a smart display of cleverness with nasty remarks, just take this post as a AS (ante scriptum) for the next two about Prada and Balenciaga shows, and generally the way they (not this season specifically in fact, but that’s part of what’s happening in the last seasons too and especially) have used and mean exclusives. Not the only shows which made such a clear display of the empty acceptation of the “exclusive” concept, but two of the best and most quintessential examples, sure, in my humble opinion they are… and btw for the record that doesn’t mean I don’t consider those shows interesting both talking about the collection (quite obvious: two of the most remarkable shows every season from this point of view, by far) and a lot of models chosen for the showlist, ‘cause as you’ll see I totally do.