ABC’s News Breakfast host Virginia Trioli has slammed Vogue Australia for a new fashion trend featured on one of its magazine covers, calling for them to “get a grip” and insisting grown women would never wear the bizarre style.
The 52-year-old Aussie TV star is regularly praised for her own wardrobe on air, but she’s had enough of high-brand fashion lines releasing unrealistic trends that, she believes, no-one would want to wear in everyday life.
Sharing a photo of the magazine cover, Trioli hit out at the image showing a brunette model in a bulky blue frilled pinafore-style dress with a high-neckline. The gown is reminiscent of styles worn decades ago and features a large cuff and a layered skirt.
She wrote: “Ok, so I can’t speak for everyone, but – no. No. We are grown women and we are NOT going to get around in a frilled pinafore. Get a grip, #fashion . #DentistWaitingRoom @voguemagazine.”
She got a heap of support from her followers, with some claiming most catwalk fashions these days are unrealistic, while others said they remembered wearing a similar dress in the 1980s, and in one case, when they were three-years-old.
One wrote: “It kinda has a Little House On The Prairie look to it. Reminds me of a dress I had when I was about three,” while another added: “imagine this look on a tall, bearded barista.”
One more wrote: “Wore a frock like that in about 1981. Fashion black mark,” and one agreed, adding: “Maybe circa 1988.”
Virginia retweeted a funny response from another fan, who shared photo from Seinfeld that shows comedian Jerry in similar male style and joked: “If women start wearing those dresses, I’ll start coming to work like this.”
However, not everyone agreed, and one user added: “No frills. No leg o mutton sleeves. No midriff. Nothing uncomfortable.”
It comes after Trioli shared a photo of a nasty handwritten letter she received from a viewer on social media recently, sparking outrage from her fans.
The note took aim at her hand movements of all things, and urged her to either keep them clasped together in front of her or hidden somewhere they couldn’t continuously move in front of cameras.
“Dear Madam, you have a most annoying habit of deliberately shifting your hands from one position to another when you could just clasp them in front of you like your co-host,” the letter read.
It went on: “Several women have the same habit, having to hold a pen or their fingertips like Melissa Doyle. Others stretch their arms out to the side of the desk. Ray Martin has always had this problem. He never knows what to do with his hands.
“Watching you has been very off-putting and several of my friends say they cannot watch you at all. You have a nice smile and voice, so please, just keep your hands still.”