I guess the other piece of it is that when analyzing runway looks, I always feel a little timid. After all, most of these designers are masters of their craft. And who am I? Some girl wearing a blouse from the sale rack someplace? And I'm gonna give my opinion? Hmm. But the same way anyone can critique a piece of art without owning a whole bunch of works from the artist, anyone should be able to look at a runway and have a basic reaction to it. Even someone who doesn't know a whole lot about fashion. Because again, like I said, they're clothes. We all wear them. You don't have to be some Chanel-bedecked style icon to weigh in on what speaks to you and what doesn't.
I think that final Balenciaga image is perfectly evocative of the dichotomy between the artistry of the runway and the reality of everyday life. That outfit does evoke a particular feeling and vision, without a doubt. But at the end of the day, it really just doesn't WORK in terms of what it's doing to her body. I would love the jacket with a slimmer pant and as much as I kind of detest what the length and width of those pants are doing to her legs, it could maybe work with a simple tank and strappy heel.
Looking at runway clothes is an exercise in translation. It's translating one language to another - visionary to wearable, fantasy to reality. I imagine that, much like learning a foreign language, it gets easier and more natural with practice.