Lily Cole takes an acting turn in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," which is always a big, respectable step for a model. Unfortunately, she decided to mark the event by wearing pinstripe hot pants.
Granted, there's a certain matchy-matchy appeal to the ensemble in an "oh look, the pinstripe jacket and shorts match the thigh high boots" kind of way, but then again ... the boots are pinstripe? Oh dear. And: She's wearing hot pants with over-the-knee boots and no tights. There's so much that's wrong with this situation. As enamored as we may be wtih a certain Annie Hall-inspired women's suiting look, over-the-knee pinstriped boots are simply no subsitute for pants.
Now, Ms. Cole has worn some extravagant outfits in her day, and after her turn in Sonia Rykiel's lingerie-clad carnival last week, we'll admit we were hoping she'd wear something exuberant and off-the-cuff, but somehow tarted-up business lady is really not what we had in mind.