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Today’s Edit: Transitional dressing

Here we go again, yet another season upon us. It was 2°C last night but we must talk summer because the new SS17 deliveries are in! I was discussing this the other day with a design manager friend of mine. She explained how scared she is every year around this time. Always fearful of transitional collections. Their performance is always a hit and miss she said. And “a bitch to design” apparently. “Throw a few Bretton stripes” she explained, “together with a couple of florals, and a lot of red and navy, bish bash bosh, collection done, and the design director happy”… Words accompanied by rolling of the eyes and a shoulder shrug. My heart sunk right there, and the fighter in me accepted the challenge: to “come up with outfits that are transitional but not bloody boring”.

So, I am taking on the all transitional stable; the stripe! Below you can find 5 different outfits built around stripes. Vertical of course; forget horizontal stripes. When putting together your transitional outfit follow these 5 rules and you will be fine: wear denim, layer, keep it tonal, and accessorise! Oh and don’t be scared to clash; when you think there is way too much going on, add more!

Outfit 1

Today’s Edit: Transitional dressing

Clockwise: ACNE STUDIOS wool and cashmere-mix double-breasted overcoat and oversized wool cardigan; J.W. ANDERSON stripe-play cotton top; CHRISTOPHER KANE pansy leather cross-body bag; ROSANTICA gold-tone, straw and quartz bracelet; J.CREW sequined silk crepe de chine midi skirt; GUCCI silk and cotton-blend oversized brooch (to be pinned on the overcoat); NIKE stingray and snake-effect leather sneakers.

 

Outfit 2

Today’s Edit: Transitional dressing

Clockwise: VETEMENTS in collaboration with SCHOTT oversized leather biker jacket; LANVIN viscose cardigan; MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN crocheted wool and cotton-blend jumper; MARQUES’ALMEIDA oversized chain leather shoulder bag; SELIM MOUZANNAR diamond Pink Gold ring; MARQUES’ ALMEIDA frayed denim knot mini skirt; ALEXANDER MCQUEEN wool-mix socks with ruffle detail; ACNE STUDIOS ankle leather boots.

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What will different women wear this party season? Part 2

I have had a great time, albeit a difficult one, putting together this two-part party season special. It is unbelievable how many options there are out there for the ‘festive’ season. But options do not necessarily mean one has a choice. Researching online for this Christmas special extended edit, I was surprised to see how the luxury and contemporary segments look so much stronger than the high-street.

It seems that all affordable brands were offering similar product but competing on pricing. No surprise there. But this lack of creativity, excitement, and freshness is worrying. Slavery to trends and an unnecessary involvement in the vicious circle of pricing wars is never good. I just cannot believe how many short velvet strappy dresses, and sequin shift dresses I had to go through. Unlike the more exclusive brands, high-street retailers are still targeting the same consumer, ignoring certain taste-levels and age groups.

But allow me to end in a positive note and congratulate &Other Stories for its amazing and provoking offer, and Ellery for its very special product. Happy holidays everyone and a let us all enjoy a better 2017! On with the outfits…

The meta-hipster

She is a hipster reloaded. Like Ellen Ripley in Aliens, she is readier, punchier, a hold-no-prisoners version. When the whole world has started copying her style and her life choices, she moves on. When everyone starts investing in the 90s, what she did last year, she moves on to the 80s.

Outfit 1

Holiday season outfits: hipsterFrom left to right (L-R): Acne Studios leather shearling overcoat; MSGM crepe shirt with ruffle details; Tabula Rasa hand macramé skirt with pompoms; Carven mini leather shoulder bag; Laurence Dacade platform boots.

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What will different women wear this party season? Part 1

Remember how last year I introduced you to 8 different types of women, and how they could potentially dress for the party season? Remember how I created these different archetypes of women, and tried to imagine a life for them, before trying to dress them? Well, this year, over the next two posts, I am revisiting these women and checking what they are up to.

As it is Christmas, I hope you will allow me this crude generalization, and accept, even for a moment, that women can be divided into different archetypes. I know that is wrong, and that women one day can wear a power suit and the next day a frilly pink dress. But believe it or not, big retailers divide their customers into archetypes and develop or buy collections based on the percentage of each archetype they want to cover. Maybe this can explain why a visit to the shops nowadays feels like Groundhog Day; Bill Murray I challenge you to take on the challenge that is retail in 2016…

But to the point, holiday season is upon us with its numerous parties and outfits. How does one navigate through the most challenging time of the year, putting fashion-fatigue aside, and adopt a cheerful, almost annoying happy demeanour? Fashion Anthropologist has you covered.

An eclectic approach

She is nerdy, kooky, and can show you how librarians do it better…Sometimes her outfits are so beautifully put together she puts Alessandro Michele to shame. She is a true collector of objects and garments. This is how we can summarize her style: a bit of her gran’s hand-downs and a bit from Net-A-Porter. She will wear a very intense lipstick but her efforts will end there. She hates how too much make-up dirties her glasses…

Outfit 1

Holiday season outfits: eclectic From left to the right (L-R): Tibi military double-breasted wool mix coat; Mary Katrantzou lace and tulle maxi dress with leather trims and appliques; Alexander McQueen leather and embellishment round bag; Brunello Cucinelli leather loafers.

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Today’s Edit: 3 different men, 3 different outfits

This is my first post about menswear. I have been asked by many why I don’t venture into the realm of men’s fashion. My answer always confuses them; it is way too personal…But I have been asked so many times I decided to start listening. This blog is not a reactive blog but more of an interactive one. Your feedback informs it and pretty much directs it. I am a strong believer in listening to people’s needs and trying to cover them, instead of assuming what these needs are. But enough about me!

So, for my first post on my “MEN” section, I put together an edit of three outfits; a selection of what is available to buy right now. Through these 3 edits I try to summarise-excuse my generalization- three attitudes, or better, to describe three different shoppers. They are all fashion enthusiasts, but have a different relationship with their clothes. It was real fun making up these characters…

The Urban guy

urban-man

He is a real urban dweller. His idea of nature is the well-groomed Victoria Park in East London; coffee less than 15-minutes’ walk. He loves it when people compliment him on the fact that he looks at least 10 years younger but hates it when his mum says he should start dressing his age. He will never conform!

He doesn’t do brick and mortar. No shop understands his magpie aesthetic and they are all too mainstream to even attempt catering for him. Roll in online shopping, and endless hours spent hunting for the right garment. Add on top of that the hours he spends monitoring each garment in his wish list, ensuring he is the first to push buy when the price is satisfactorily reduced. What he does is not internet savvy but proper data analysis.

His outfits look like they have been casually put together, but look more carefully and you will see the hours spent assembling them, each garment a nod to each one of the season’s trends.

He loves Korean buns and artisan locally produced beer, and detests narrow-minded people, logo t-shirts, and ill-behaved children. 23rd of June was one of the worst days of his life, he made himself feel better by buying yet another pair of jeans…

The Edit:

Camouflage jacket by Alexander Wang

Collarless shirt by Saturdays NYC

Embroidered T-Rex t-shirt by Rag & Bone

120z drop crotch tapered hand-washed jeans by Natural Selection London

Felt military backpack by Dries Van Noten

Leather sneakers by McQ, Alexander McQueen

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