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.
Clockwise: I LOVE MR MITTENS hand-knitted wool chunky cardigan; ESTEBAN CORTAZAR asymmetric ramie and linen dress-top; MIU MIU brass oversized earrings; J.W. ANDERSON leather bucket bag; GOLDEN GOOSE DELUX BRAND boyfriend jeans; ROKSANDA leather belt; CHLOE cut-out leather ankle boots.
Clockwise: MOTHER OF PEARL oversized bonded wool coat with embellishment at the shoulder seam; BALENCIAGA asymmetric-sleeve maxi dress; MARNI resin brooch; SAM EDELMAN faux fur-trim suede sneakers; MARNI leather and canvas tote bag.
Clockwise: MARTINE ROSE oversized denim jacket; PRADA wool jumper; JACQUIE AICHE diamond and gold necklace; MARC JACOBS embellished denim backpack; TOME cotton-poplin wide-leg trousers; ADIDAS ORIGINALS Stan Smith Nude leather sneakers; PRADA wool and cashmere-blend jumper.
Images courtesy of matchesfashion.com and net-a-porter.com