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We might bid farewell to summer and yet the contrary is currently happening in the fashion industry: designers have started to showcase their spring 2014 collections in New York. Although it is a little bit confusing to muse about lightweight materials while one is just getting friendly with the idea that we need to carry a sweater, a jacket, a coat…one also is very much intrigued by what will be on offer next year. By „one“ I mean „I“ really since the same will probably not be true for everyone. But maybe you, dear reader, are just as curious a I am? If that is the case, let’s enjoy a little peek into the future together…

Image: Garance Doré

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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?

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Sometimes I like to keep things sweet and short and that can be due to many reasons. Maybe I don’t have a lot to say or maybe I’m just not in the mood to elaborate. Maybe I have a bad day and can’t hardly put a word in front of another (in writing that is, you should not be worried).
Sometimes I relish to dive deeper into thoughts, to elaborate them and to venture a little bit further. Maybe a thought is in the back of my mind for quite a while already and I just have to put it in words. Maybe I have a good day and unexpectedly two or three sentences become all of a sudden fare more than that.

Whether it is a short text or a more extensive one, I enjoy the variety in writing. Both have something special about them that speaks in their favour. And to be frank, it also takes the pressure away to always „deliver“.

Now, you might think „this is all well and good…but where is she going here?“. Admittedly the connection between the picture above and my thoughts on writing is not the most evident. Just give me one more second (or minute) and you will get an exclusive behind the scenes look of the inexplicable wickedness of my mind (just kidding here). I really like the picture above and when I wrote about the roll-neck sweater yesterday, it instantly popped up in my mind. That certainly speaks in favour of the photograph, but also of something else: the styling. I love the idea of tucking your hair into your turtleneck for an instant change  (just as Garance pointed it out in her post). It is one of those things that I love to do during autumn or winter, although my weapon of choice would be more often than not a chunky scarf.

So here you are, the essence of this post was nothing else than an ode to variety. Let’s raise our glasses to that!

Image: Garance Doré

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This shot could not be filed under „news“, first because Garance uploaded it quite a while ago and second because I shared it with you before the relaunch. So why do I bother repeating myself? I mean, I can hardly excuse myself by saying that my choices are limited. Nope, the contrary is true. Maybe I have even to many options on my hands. So here is what I think: sometimes it is good to get back to something you liked and then, when you still feel the same way about it, you sure can take it for a good sign. When it comes to this picture, I still fall for the slightly gloomy atmosphere and the somewhat grainy texture. It is not too perfect, yet perfectly suited to be a keeper.

Image: Garance Doré

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Sometimes you have to copy shamelessly. The best way to do so, without any remorse whatsoever, is to copy yourself. When I realized that once again I’m attracted to write about menswear, I remembered an article written during my guest blogging day at les mads earlier this year. It occurred to me that several topics relevant to this series were hidden in those lines such as the revival of the pantsuit in the spring 2011 collections or the revival of the gentleman. But let’s dip our toe into a short recap of the history of menswear in our wardrobe first.

Sometimes we have to remember that some influences in fashion were not always a given. Long before expressions like the boyfriend look belonged to the repertoire in our language and were included in the vocabulary of the fashion editors, women were inspired by menswear. You have just to remember Mademoiselle Chanel who urgently wanted to flee the uncomfortable feeling of restriction due to the corset. She was so fed up that she simply grabbed her boyfriend’s riding clothes and walked straight to a tailor where she ordered a pair of jodhpurs – in her size. The commissioned tailor cried out in despair: “But Madame this isn’t appropriate for ladies!” Eventually he executed the wish, but only reluctantly. Her boyfriend, Étienne Balsan, found those peculiarities quite charming back in the days, yet in 1907 this kind of fashion choice was unconventional to say the least and lead to many a raised eyebrow.
Actress Diane Keaton had to encounter quite a similar experience during the making of the film Annie Hall. Once she stepped on the set, the costume designer wasn’t enthusiastic about her look to say the least, as remembers director Woody Allen. She implored him not to let her wear this kind of outfits on the screen. „Tell her not to wear that. She can’t wear that. It’s so crazy.“ Woody Allen in turn wasn’t fazed and simply replied to leave her alone, „she should be wearing what she wants“. And what Diane wanted were oversized men’s jackets skillfully combined with loosely cut trousers and long skirts. She also had a soft spot for ties. What was surprising back then, and what was sometimes seen as outrageously bad taste, developed over time into a trend and is still a path breaking influence in fashion.

One of the numerous homages to the style icon is the editorial Diane K shot by Mikael Jansson in 2009 for Vogue Paris.

More and more women become true enthusiasts when it comes to menswear, a phenomenon which can be easily observed in the blogging world. Illustrator and streetstyle photographer Garance Doré shops frequently in the closet of her boyfriend Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist. Her love and dedication to rolled-up trousers, men’s shirts and brogues goes a long way: menswear counts among her essential inspiration sources when it comes to her personal style, she stated in an interview with Refinery 29. The outcome: looks with a laid-back attitude. In my opinion they deserve their very own post. Not a raised eyebrow.

Images: Mikael Jansson

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