There are two concepts you should keep in mind: longevity and self-expression. Going forward these two will inform fashion and product creation. As conscious consumers, we should all think twice before spending; think of investing instead of blinding consuming. The same advice goes out to fashion brands; create instead of reproducing. Build a future instead of only worrying about the end of the year’s bottom line. Growth does not have to equal profit.
So, use this holiday season to buy a piece you will fall in love with, invest a bit more in it and treasure it for life. Wear it over and over again. No more hiding party-outfit disasters at the back of your wardrobe. No more, “I will wear it only once” excuses… And this is the last rant of the year…probably…
Yellow is the new pink
Colour experts are predicting that yellow will become a new favourite, and put an end to pink’s reign. It is an evocative colour; in most cultures it has positive connotations of wisdom, happiness, openness, and brightness. And Lord do we desperately need a bit of that in our lives! Too scared for a yellow coat? What about yellow sequins?
(L-R clockwise) House of Holland wool and viscose mix coat; MSGM viscose sequin blouse; Jacquemus tote with chunky chain straps; Marco De Vincenzo pleated skirt with applique and lace underlayer; Vetements leather ankle boots
What’s scarier than a middle-aged man with a flammable acrylic beard dressed in Santa’s outfit? No, not Xmas office parties and celebratory seasonal get-togethers. What is scarier, is the amount of money spent on “Xmas outfits”. Yes, I am talking about you, who thinks it’s a good idea to buy a cheap sequinned dress, believing it is ok to wear something once. However cheap the garment, it is false economy my friend, these are no times for throw-away anything…
In the first part of my Seasonal Edits I look into which ‘party’ outfits you can invest in, and wear, and wear…it includes pieces that are very fashionable now, but also for upcoming seasons.
Blend it girl
The idea of ‘blending’, as discussed in a previous post, is gaining traction. It refers to mixing two unconventional styles, sporty and dressy, to create a timeless outfit. Holiday season is the best time to experiment. Added bonus? All those separates will be worn again on different occasions, dressed up or down.
(L-R clockwise) Simone Rocha cotton and viscose mix army jacket with oversized pockets; Joseph chunky wool jumper; Georgia Alexandra aquaprase 18K gold earrings; N.21 satin bow small shoulder bag; Gianvito Rossi Satin peep-toe ankle boots; Christopher Kane knitted wool viscose and metallic yarn pleated skirt with sequin details
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.