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Grey Ant: Revenge of the Nerds

Emily C. Gyben
February 03rd, 2007 @ 11:06 AM - New York

When the first model came down the runway at the Grey Ant Fall 2007 fashion show on February 2, one was optimistic about the remainder of the show. A black tweed shift dress with the short, swingy shape we've all come to love was funky but chic, and the giant nerd glasses brought a sense of humor to an otherwise seriously sexy look.

Clearly, Grant Krajecki, who started the Grey Ant line in 1998, was going for a "Revenge of the Nerds" theme. Girls in big glasses, crimped side ponytails, and ultra-high-waisted jeans were certainly teased in high school, but now these girls were strutting down the runway while hipster darlings the MisShapes, "Project Runway" finalist Daniel Vosovic, and "Queer Eye"'s Carson Kressley looked on from the front row.

However, the looks were tired, and after the first few it seemed like we were watching the show on repeat.

Krajecki's high-waisted jeans, from which he's had the most commercial success, are really the same as they've always been, with the exception of a pair with a deep V in the back waistband (which one can only imagine is incredibly dangerous when sitting or bending).

The rest of his show – including clingy, one shouldered jersey tops, blouses inundated with ruffles (one in gold silk), and ill-fitting tweed cocoon dresses – was unflattering and cheap-looking.

The designer jeans craze is certainly not looking to slow down anytime soon, but one has to wonder: do the designers really need a whole show for denim? The glamour of a show during fashion week is hard to deny, but do they need to make mediocre tops and dresses when, in fact, it's the jeans that people want?

When Krajecki himself came out at the end of his show for his final bow, it was clear where he draws his inspiration. In his very own high-waisted, wide-leg jeans and big glasses, he looked like he had jumped right out of the '70s.

He's a little eccentric, sure. Unconventional, sure. But if other designers can give us unconventional without giving us a stomachache, then Krajecki should be able to, too.

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