YAY OR NAY: Let's Assess Chloë Moretz's Viktor & Rolf Suit

06 August 2013 by

Today a heated fashion debate broke out at Grazia Towers, all over a stripey suit. Last night Chloe Moretz, 16, got suited for the London photocall of Kick Ass 2 as she wore a Viktor & Rolf grey and black striped suit with a buttoned up white shirt.

We fell into two camps, those that saluted her for making a statement and those who thought this is a suit that should have stayed at the tailors. Grazia girls Morwenna and Katherine sit on different sides of the fashion fence, read below for their dissection of this red carpet look...

YAY 

Grazia's features editor, Morwenna Ferrier

'A while ago, I dressed as a man for a feature. I wore two suits, a crisp white shirt and some vaguely masculine shoes. I’m not suggesting that Chloe Moretz is dressed like a man here, but she sort of is. And I mean this as a compliment because my experience, albeit in The Kooples and Margiela rather than V&F, was sartorially-speaking, one of my most enjoyable Cos-play experiences. Ever. Trouser suits on women are empowering, especially when drawn in Wall Street stripes and paired with a crisp white shirt. You can wear brogues, which is a joy if you can’t wear heels, or you can wear snappy Mary Janes if you can.

The red carpet is a minefield for the under 21s. How to look glam without looking like a child in a dress? How to quash the temptation to flash flesh when you haven’t finished growing? A trouser suit. It just nullifies the teenage awks. It’s grown up, it smacks of glamour and it looks chic. As Saint Laurent purported, Le Smoking was never masculine especially when paired with this very pretty face. Dare I say it, it makes you take Chloe seriously.'

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NAY

Grazia's Senior Fashion News & Features Editor, Katherine Ormerod

'Just as a preliminary disclaimer, it’s certainly fair to say that Ms Moretz totally works this androgynous striped suit by Viktor & Rolf. The addition of cute Mary Janes adds a flexi-sexy appeal to the look, and it's entirely refreshing to see a young starlet going for her own style rather than wearing an aging, spangly gown on the red carpet. However, at 5’4’’ Chloe just doesn’t have the stature to pull off such a mannish, boxy cut jacket. ‘Boy meets Girl’ fashion is unfortunately not as egalitarian as it might sound. While androgynous style challenges sartorial gender roles, it also discriminates heavily against the petite woman. 

Boyfriend jackets require broad shoulders, boyfriend jeans require long legs and mannish shirts can look like dresses on the diminutive. For the smaller woman, a more fitted tuxedo offers a touch of androgyny without swamping the body. Details like brogues, cufflinks and pocket squares can nod to the vibe without making you look like you’ve raided your parent’s closet – hardly an empowering image. So kudos to Chloe for the effort, but next time get that jacket tailored or rock a Saint Laurent ‘Le Smoking’.'

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