During the last fashion week two particular subjects grabbed the attention amidst the fashion crowd…
The first one was an article written by Suzy Menkes. The Circus of Fashion published in the T Magazine (the New York Times Style Magazine) delved into the topic of street style — a phenomenon turned madness.
The second one was a collection created by Hedi Slimane. For 2013 the Saint Laurent look can be described with one word: “grunge”. Indisputably that is quite a surprise — the question is whether it is a good or a bad one.
I already announced at the beginning of last week that the latter would figure amidst the next posts on this blog (and it will be with a slight delay tomorrow). What makes sense, though, is to put everything in context (the context being that two topics were the talk of the town last fashion week, Hedi being “just” one of them). So, this is a heads up: both topics are going to figure on this blog next week and I hope you are going to enjoy reading them…
Image: Alec Soth
Fall 2013. Yes, this is what we are getting a taste of on the runway right now. New York fashion week has been officially kicked off by now, people! Nemo visiting or not, everyone is bundling up and venturing outside in order to get a sneak peek of the wardrobe items we will all swoon about next winter. And it is not such a big of surprise to me that I’m actually quite in the mood for some browsing and discovering. Don’t understand me wrong: I don’t hope for an especially long winter which extends endlessly into the future. It’s not like I can’t get enough of it. Quite to the contrary, like everybody else I am quite fed up with this season. But I do think that it could help to look at some winter prettiness in the form of flawless and stunning looks. Also looking forward to Tim Blanks covering the fashion shows on style.com, Cathy Horyn’s writing reviews on her blog On the Runway and Garance Doré releasing new episodes of Pardon my French. Yes, that is me trying to do some positive thinking here…are you joining the club?
Images: Garance Doré
Time management issues? Obviously. Seriously. I’m really struggling right now with all the things that have to be done. Correction: All the things that I want to be done. There is a clear difference, as an acquiantance of mine told me recently. I would say that will make for a great topic for one of the next posts. One that we can explore together. What do you think? Let’s steer our mind towards something more light and pleasant: last fashion week. Some time has passed since the last show and after all the impressions have found a cosy place in my mind, I would like to share some of my favourites with you.
What if I would mention the word “kite” and say that it was the main inspiration behind an entire collection? Would you cringe a little? If this is the case, be assured, I would be entirely with you. The prospect of a litteral translation is not that far away and all the images that are taking form in our minds gravitate toward something really cheap if not really scary. But what would it look and feel like if the translation happened to be just right? What if a designer managed to choose just the right amount of hints and bring the feeling alive through just the right amount of details? The answer can be found in the 3.1. Phillip Lim collection.
Seeing the pieces leads to all kind of thoughts popping up simultaneously. The lightweight fabric and its movement. The ribbons which flow gently in the air. The gentle colour palette and the layering. The minimalistic approach and the comfortable appeal. Then, you focus on one item at a time, the trousers, for example. You notice that their fit is a little bit on the slouchy side, and that the usual hem is replaced by track-pant vents. Yet they are still elegant and work appropriate. Then it hits you: “I could wear that. I really want to wear that.” And that’s when you know, that Phillip Lim has done everything right.
Images: 3.1. Phillip Lim spring 2012 [style.com]