'Free People', August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes

Illustration for article titled Free People, August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes

The Free People catalog is beautifully shot, but the half-naked teenage girls and $400 shoes give us pause. Hey, $400 shoes have their place — but when everything else in the catalog is relatively well-priced, it's just odd. Let's take a look, shall we?

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Illustration for article titled Free People, August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes

Seriously, how old is this girl? Do you feel uncomfortable thinking about what she is wearing? (hoodie, $108; necklace, $48)

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Illustration for article titled Free People, August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes

How about now? (crew shirt, $48; panties, $18; socks, $28)

Illustration for article titled Free People, August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes

And the part of Fiona Apple will be played by...

(dress, $128; necklace, $128; tights, $38; boots $378)

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Oh, look. A half-naked, face-down teenage girl! And $400 shoes.

(tights, $38; shoes, $398)

Illustration for article titled Free People, August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes
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The part of NYC socialite Arden Wohl will be played by...

(coat, $168; gray burnout long sleeved shirt, $48; socks, $28; headband, $28; shoes, $368)

Illustration for article titled Free People, August 2007: Luxuriating Lolitas and $400 Shoes
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This looks like a 70s soft -focus Playboy shoot. Uh, not that we've seen one.

(fringe duster, $148; shoes, $368)

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What the hell. Why do the accessories cost so much more than the clothes? We like this necklace, but not enough to pay for it.

(tunic, $98; padlock necklace, $368)

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DISCUSSION

@golddigger: b/c if they aren't painting them up to look 30...they're dressing them down and pouting them out to look 13...or worse.

Still, if you're a pedophile, I guess you'd get off on a Hanna Andersson catalog so insighting that crowd probably isn't difficult.

It's a symptom of the over-sexualization of young girls. At 14, I begged my mom for a pair of Dr. Scholl's sandals - considered the height of slutiness back then - and she said "no". So, I guess it's once again up to the mothers (who buy the clothes for their pre-pub girls) to just say no. And up to you, pre-pub girls, to sufer through it until you get a job and can buy the damn clothes yourself. $400 shoes...c'mon! They don't even have red leather soles!