Friday, May 14, 2010

Lululemon Lab - Anyone Like Their Stuff

Flashdance Tee From Lululemon Lab

Are you all fans of the Lululemon Lab Facebook page? I have to say I think 95% of what they come up with is crap. Schlumpy, shapeless, throwback, retread crap. They recently posted their harem pants where the crotch hung between the knees. Harem pants are over. Designers and stores tried to push them on us and they were on markdown everywhere. 

I think these half shirts from the 80s are the next trend to be pushed on us and I have not spotted it anywhere here in Orange County or in LA. The young people and teenagers here are pretty trendy.  My 10 year old son has been wearing skinny jeans for something like three years now - but I am not seeing the flashback look come into style. They should move the Lab to LA, NY, or even London. I like the idea of making yourself custom Groove pants but they can stuff the shapeless crap.

18 comments:

m i s s . k r i s t a said...

I'm not a fan of their stuff... I agree, I think most of what they come out with is complete crap, and not flattering nor cute.
I dont know what they are trying to be, or who they are trying to advertise to... Why can't they make stuff that relates to stuff we buy at the lululemon stores? Stuff that actually is functional?
Blah, not at all impressed.

pilatesmom said...

I'm not a fan of most of their stuff either. Every once in a while something kind of cute and different but most of it is ugly and unflattering and not athletic-wear-appropriate. The harem pants looked like a loaded diaper. The flashdance top looks like a cropped scrubs top.

Marci said...
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Marci said...

Although I am not a fan of harem pants or half crops, I saw them all over the place in LA when I went for a visit in March - that was in Santa Monica for the most part - so maybe closer to the beach where people dress more casual?

With all due respect I don't think its a matter of going to the States for inspiration. I like that lulu is Canadian and I personally want it to stay that way (well they are sort of Canadian- they have sold out in the manufacturing sector anyway).

There are plenty of companies that model themselves over those US cities you mentioned, its done and overdone.

There are plenty of high fashion centers in Canada such as Montreal and Vancouver, ncouver itself.

The lab maybe just needs better designers, or maybe more age-approriate ones?

Anonymous said...

I wonder why the Lab exists. The styles they come out with don't seem to have any relevance to what lulu sells. Vancouver is an amazing city - there is a definite vibe there, and it's my opinion that the Lab should tap into that a little more. I love that it's there in Van though, where lulu originated, and should not be moved.

Anonymous said...

The only thing I've ever liked at the lab was their Camo CRB - but even that I think the colors are off. I guess I don't need to have a problem with it, as I live in the States and not near the lab, so I don't have to go through the struggle of buying anything from there anyways. I agree that a lot of the stuff they push is out of style, though. -Angela

LuluAddict said...

I agree and think the lab should experiment more with functional exercise wear and not street wear. I would love to see a basic v-neck long sleeve shirt made of luon light, maybe with circle mesh panels.

I don't think they need to go to the US for inspiration. They'd probably be better off looking to Europe. Have you ever seen stuff from Pure Lime? They have simple exercise wear but I really like how the look of their model - the clothes are streamlined but the model is edgy looking.

Marci said...

Luluaddict- I like that they are unqiue, I don't want them Americanized or Europeanized (is that a word?). This is done and done again. There is plenty of great design in Canada to take note of/inspiration in. (I know most Americans are unware of this). Lulu became popular because it was different, so maybe what we are seeing in the lab is them trying to copy some of the other fashion centers in the world... they need to go back to their roots.

Anonymous said...

i agree the lab stuff is crap. regarding previous commenter of seeing harem pants all over LA - i live in santa monica and have never seen harem pants being worn by anyone...??? it's so ugly.

people here pretty much only wear lululemon gear to work out in - every girl at my gym has groove pants and lulu tops. all the jackets and sweat pants never sell well here and end up on the sales rack pretty quickly. i haven't seen a single remix hoodie at a store in a LONG time. anyway, i think if they had a lab here it would be very successful, but only to make customized groove pants and technical tanks.

lmhagood said...

Lululemon Addict: Love your idea of a basic long sleeve v-neck in luon light with circle mesh inserts - I would wear the heck out of that (in every color it came in) in the winter...Lulu needs a good, basic item in both long sleeve and short sleeve versions. They seem to do this with the CRBs....let's see some other non-tank basics in luon light!

Marci said...

Let me clarify - I only was in LA (Santa Monica for the most part for a few days), and when I was there I saw them. I made a point of benching myself on a trendy patio with a mimosa and people watching (wanted to look at the fashion as well as hope to see some celebs) no luck spotting celebs, saw lots of boot type sandals, slouchy-type of attire, and yes I saw layered crops, and pants baggy enough I would classify as harem. I made on a comment about this when I got back before this was even posted, so I am not making it up. But this was in Santa Monica, right near the beach.
Curious, what fashions do those of you that live in the area observe?

Anonymous said...

i agree with MARCI. we don't want to be US. lululemon is CANADIAN. also, the lab is making clothes for street wear and items that are different. i actually like a lot of their items and find they are very wearable and multifunctional. if they were going to design more clothes that looked like what all lululemon caries, it would be another store rather than the lab. no??!

Anonymous said...

i bought 2 80's inspired tee's last time i was in Vancovuer at the lulu lab and i get compliments everywhere i wear them. i like that there is a space where they are trying new things and seeing what works.

Anonymous said...

I think the lab is perfectly fine in Vancouver, after all it is a Canadian based company. Not everything is better or has to be sold out of the states...

Anonymous said...

I haven't been impressed with them. And I am so tired of this 80's retread I could cry.

I love the idea of getting customized grooves and technical tanks.

houndlvr67 said...

FYI Chip Wilson, founder of Lulu, was born/raised in Orange County (CA). I think his father still lives there...So I don't think Lulu is uniquely Canadian

Anonymous said...

When I visited the lulu lab, I was told my the staff there that the lab sells clothing designed by school interns in fashion, and the designs are supposed to be more for streetwear than athletic gear. You can see the interns working while you are there, it's pretty cool. Basically, it's an opportunity for students to learn about fashion design and production ultimately and doesn't reflect the same design goals as the other lululemon merchandise. A neat concept in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how the only comments you actually "approve of" are the ones that match your illogical opinion. A bit one sided now isn't it? If you are going to actually be a legit blogger, YOU should be transparent. If you just want to make non creditable rants, you should just stick to notes on facebook.