Portmanteau Commentary: Alexander McQueen Coat Sold Out at £28,660 - Wrong or Art?

As day-night, week and end merge into each other unrecognizably, it is difficult to battle within the constraints of accepted forms of measurements such as the idea of 24 hour regularity, divided up into the realms of accepted divisions of life. As I have to work in a "normal" environment tomorrow, I should be sleeping now. Instead, I find my fellow workers asleep and myself very much awake and browsing the pages of the world book from the click of warmth in bed.

And then I came across the coat on netaporter.com. Instead of pressing the usual "low to high" button I misjudged the mouse click and pressed the reversed only to come across a £28,660 Alexander McQueen coat that has been sold out. So I'm wondering... is this a one off? What could possibly allow a piece of wear to amass such levels of value?

As I was arguing earlier on, and McQueen certainly is great proof, fashion can be art. And in this case, for that price, surely the coat is no longer utilitarian but a collection piece, historic, intricate and detailed. More an object to be admired, framed if possible, than worn as an everyday piece of clothing.

The question remains, however... is this a one off? You tell me. Because art, as far as my personal value is concerned, needs to be unique. And I don't mean limited, I mean unique. That's where fashion as art gets it wrong, and the distinction should be clearer, allowing the artists to escape the stigma of utilitarianism. Not that there is anything wrong with the latter. In fact, it's an art unto itself, but not what I am talking about here. What do you think? Is £30K an apropriate amount for this coat?

Portmanteau list: Fashion Bloggers in Front of the Camera

Although the Portmanteau is officially hibernating during the wintry months fittingly alongside the claim to hedgehog-hood in case someone prompted me to a choice in an animal existence, I am continuing to write behind online doors.

However, the one aspect which does not slow down as much as my breathing is my reading so this week I simply couldn't resist sharing that I'm proud of my fellow fashion bloggers who brace the cold to plough on with their Louboutins on crispy, crunchy, crystallised early morning frost and a sharp wind blowing into the weaves of their cashmere berets.


Kristin Knox aka The Clothes Whisperer during a Style Whispering Session at United Colors of Benetton, donning the ultimate early winter look. Image by Darrel Hunter

Today, as I am behind the scenes, behind barely open doors and generally in a state of not-in-front, I'll show you those who made that leap from writing behind a screen and taking images from behind a camera to speaking on screen in front of a camera about what they do when they are behind the camera.

Emily from Fashion Foie Gras, my daily Bible, discussing the power of fashion blogging and how much we love what we do in an interview for Crane.tv in true business-like fashion, looking simply amazing. I look forward to witnessing the Fashion Foie Gras in five years (and all the time until then)!

A while back I got invited to attend the inspiring "Shape What's to Come" event on the day I was flying across the Atlantic, an event I wouldn't have missed for anything if I'd been in the country. Kristin from The Clothes Whisperer joins an inspiring panel and belts out the now famous "Canape and Champagne diet" comment that has been quoted across the fashion blogger world, which I had so far only heard of in written form. Just this morning she shared a clip where that moment is captured on camera! Leave it to Kristin to lighten up the mood with her frank and witty ways.

A bit behind on the reading here, I've caught up with Alex Loves posts and came across a clip in which she talks about her year from unknown blogger to Chanel front row first ever featured blogger with many close ups of her cute board and a lovely pony tail do. This was an interview with Crane.tv as well albeit in a different, more personal direction, making a very interesting point about the choice between self-preservation and anonymity in contrast to putting yourself out there.

Well done, girls! I'm proud to know you.