My outfit edits have become a seasonal stable. And guess what, is that time of the year for yet another one; the first for the AW17 season! As an inspiration, I am using a term I have learned to dislike; ‘athleisure’, and I see how ‘athleisure’ will evolve in the upcoming seasons.
I am frequently asked “what is the future of ‘athleisure’”? Two things to keep in mind: styles with performance-inspired detailing are not going anywhere any time soon. ‘Sporty’ references will remain relevant and continue to inform the way we will dress for a few more seasons.
However, I believe that what we will be seeing more of, will be more playful combinations; sporty references unconventionally injected in our outfit choices. Forget the binary opposition between sporty and dressy; all will be mixed and creatively layered. Think high-shine silk skirts worn with hoodies, and sequinned tops with ‘pyjama’ trousers. Once again, we will express ourselves by ‘blending’ clothes that are not supposed to go together; merging day with night, and exercising with cocktail hour.
Be ahead of the curve and check below 6 ‘blending’ looks I have put together using what’s brand new in stores.
Clockwise: Natasha Zinko cropped cotton-blend sweatshirt with hood; MSGM wool-blend sweater (to be worn under sweatshirt); Chloé leather and suede backpack; Marco de Vincenzo plaited detail leather trainers; Public School silk pleated skirt; Aurelie Bidermann 18K gold & sapphire necklace
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
From 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.
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…
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.