Trelise Cooper’s men’s Air New Zealand uniforms have already received praise from one Air New Zealand staff member, who said she thought they were “very professional”. Well lady, we’ll have to agree to disagree. I wouldn’t want Toyota to design a new aeroplane. Why? Because they’re car makers. So why did Air New Zealand commission a renowned womenswear designer to design a men’s uniform? It just doesn’t make sense.
We have several top menswear creators in New Zealand – Crane Brothers, Working Style, hell, even Barkers would have made more sense. Murray Crane revealed on his blog this morning that he was approached, but he chose to decline. The reason, which he shared with me, was that they wanted him to come up with a concept for the male and female staff members. I repeat, it doesn’t make sense. Why not get a womenswear and a menswear designer to work alongside each other to create a uniform that works for everybody? Obviously because that would have made too much sense.
The four-button suit jacket is a travesty. A typical men’s suit has two or three buttons. Suits you find four buttons on are the ones your cousin Cletus hires for his wedding day. From the wrong type of store. It’s simple. Men should not wear four button blazers. Look at how high the lapel break is. It just looks silly. If anything, they should have gone ultra conservative. Never try something ‘new’ or ‘quirky’ with menswear. Never!
Then there’s the fat tie. The ill-fitting three quarter length coat. The (once again) wedding-esque waistcoat with that tiny lapel. The fluro blue tie which looks like something out of Air Babylon. Or Mile High.
Like I said, I have nothing against the women’s uniforms. But seriously. Something has to be done about these men’s uniforms. It just ain’t right.
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