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.
L-R: Etro heavily embellished silk coat; Raey fringed cropped top; Dodo Bar Or fil coupé maxi skirt; Stella McCartney wooden box clutch; Ellery leather ankle boots with tie detail.
L-R: Mango real fur-leather coat; &Other Stories cropped transparent top and silk-mix satin maxi slip dress; Whistles eyelet chain cross-body leather bag; Nike Air-Max bronze trainers.
The Fashionista…God I hate this term
If it’s trending she wants it. She needs to have her finger on the pulse of fashion. You do not understand; it is a need! She prefers reference pieces, the ones everyone will recognise. She will tick all the trend boxes and then sell the outfit on vestiairecollective.com. 70’s trend tick, lamé tick, pink tick, pussy bow tick, frills tick…
L-R: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi curly shearling coat; Marc Jacobs silk-mix pussy bow lamé dress; Valextra leather shoulder bag with a twist detail; Valentino leather pumps.
L-R: Saint Laurent goat-hair coat; Fendi suede ballerina shoes with fox fur pompoms; Roksanda silk organza top with appliques, and wave edge culottes; Red Valentino leather shoulder bag with handle.
L-R: Mango tie-waist wool coat; H & M maxi dress with ruffles and dobby panels; &Other Stories shoulder bag with a fringed strap, and leather stilettos with a lace-up detail.
She struggles to find partywear that she likes. Why does everything have to be all singing and dancing? And what is it with all those frills and high-heels? And she is wondering If she does give in and does buy a dress, will she ever wear it again? Let her be! Flat shoes are OK, and there is nothing wrong with wearing your favourite leather biker jacket on Christmas eve.
L-R: Helmut Lang oversized shearling coat; Jil Sander leather platforms; DKNY satin viscose midi dress; Christopher Kane large leather cross-body bag.
L-R: Joseph double-breasted wool coat; Sophie Theallet textured velvet halter-neck top; Stella McCartney crepe maxi skirt with metallic pleats; Manu Atelier leather cross-body micro bag; Chloe leather ankle boots with soft laces.
L-R: &Other Stories cropped leather biker jacket; Jigsaw leather clutch bag; French Connection open-toe leather ankle boots with a metallic heel; Topshop crashed velvet dress with a twist knot detail.
Ambassador to the La La Land
And we are not talking about Damien Chazelle’s hot new musical. We are talking about those girls who adore Japanese fashion and quirky otherworldly clothes. Those who live in a place much nicer than ours. Roll in the unicorns, outer space, and UFOs. And guess what, the fashion world has been listening and this is becoming a big trend, even sipped through to the high-street. In the next few seasons I am expecting a major ‘escapism’ trend to overtake fashion.
L-R: Hillier Bartley cashmere coat with a tassel tie; Alexander McQueen embellished dobby maxi dress; Mark Cross small leather box bag; Marco De Vincenzo leather ankle boots with velvet bows.
L-R: MSGM wool crepe coat; Ellery metallic viscose t-shirt, House Of Holland embellished mini skirt; Marques ‘ Almeida frayed denim collarless jacket; Anya Hindmarch shearling shoulder bag; Ellery velvet ankle boots.
L-R: &Other Stories faux fur jacket; Topshop leather sandals; &Other Stories embellished maxi dress; Cos small constructed leather bag.