Why is our pilot wearing a life jacket?
As a part of the international fashion industry press corps I would never poke fun at the designers, models, creations or glitzy shows. I know which side my thin-sliced sprouted whole grain toast is not buttered on, or however that expression goes.
But let’s all think about this one.
Here, from a collection this week at a big fashion show, is a “creation” which looks for all the world like a commercial pilot’s uniform. It comes complete with a life jacket, the kind they show you at the start of every flight.
The photo caption even informs us this creation is from a “ready-to-wear” collection.
Where did they present such a stupid outfit, you may ask?
In Paris, which is over there in Europe, and is currently crawling with security people amid serious warnings of a possible major terrorist attack.
So let me make sure I understand. We’re supposed to buy this haute couture outfit and take it home with us by going through airport security?
“Good morning, Captain, anything to declare? You’re prepared for an emergency today, I see?
“Captain, pilots don’t actually salute security guards. Would you please take off the life preserver, the hat and every single stitch of clothing you have on, and assume the position?
“No Captain, I don’t think you should expect a freaking upgrade on today’s flight, now that you mention it. Pierre, tase the captain again, s’il vous plaît….”
A model presents a creation by French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as part of his Spring/Summer 2011 women’s ready-to-wear fashion collection during Paris Fashion Week October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol