The beauty of a new year is the feeling of starting over, afresh, having a blank canvas at your disposition and a clear mind…LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE. I don’t know about you but my „clear mind“ resembles much more my kitchen after a very successful party than the supposed zen-space. So, with all these ideas, tasks and deadlines, crying for my attention, where am I supposed to start?
Maybe with the 3.1 Phillip 2013 holidays collection and more specifically with the two looks above. The styling (loose T, tucked in hair) is flawless and both jackets are matching my idea of perfect wardrobe staples. But there is more: surprisingly I am finding myself relenting to the idea of wide legged trousers and not any white legged trousers, ladies and gentlemen: white wide legged trousers which are luxuriously touching the ground. A sure nightmare for the hard reality of daily life and a city where a clear coat barely survives two weeks without a visit to the cleaner. Now, add the close relationship between the hem and the floor to the equation…On the other hand there is this perfect silhouette created through the contrast of this unpractical item and the short and beautifully constructed leather jacket. I suppose that the magic of fashion consists in our ability to put the bespoken issues to the very back of our mind or at least relativize them. The dry cleaner is around the corner right?
Images: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Street style photography has massively changed over the last years, so much in fact that it has led to an outcry of Suzy Menkes (remember her famous article?). Following fashion week equals still having a look at street style shots for me. However…
Issue n°1: There is probably some kind of saturation that has crept in overtime. The captured outfits lead rather to a yawn than to an inspiring moment.
Issue n°2: A colour explosion topped by futurustic elements and a bouquet of flowers means my attention, but attention does not necessarily equal interest.
Issue n°3: Most of the looks seem by now far from being genuine and authentic but either an outcry for attention (see issue n°2) or an literal extension from the runway. Minus the overall vision of the designer and the show aspect that goes with it.
Sometimes, though, I come across pictures like the ones showed above. Pretty nice examples of how to style a sneaker if you ask me. Rather simple and yet more than enough to get me thinking what I like about them…
When deciding upon the title for this post, several ideas popped into my mind. „Camel & White“ has been one of the most obvious ones. These colours are a match made in heaven — not big news really. Especially not since the camel coat had his big moment a few seasons ago (a quick plunge into the archives of the Sartorialist and you will know what I mean).
„Everything“ would be much more fitting then maybe? As in „Everything about this look speaks to me“. Or: „Everything in this look seems just about right“. There is much more to it than the usual approving nod toward the camel and white combo. Look at all these lovely shades in between: the dusty pink ballerinas and the cream coloured shirt. The perfect cut of every single item. And to top it of: the fringe. It almost makes me want to reach for the scissors on my table and…
Images: Emma Elwin
We just saw an example of a perfect and effortless look for the ladies. Now, it just seems right to come up with something inspirational for the gents.
Something which applies in both cases: It is not only about the right ingredients, it s also about the right styling. Rolled-up sleeves or hem are probably the easiest way to introduce some „easiness“ into your wardrobe.
Image: You just got spotted
A pair of blue jeans, a white T, a coat, sneakers. There is nothing more you really need apparently. Of course it helps that we are not speaking of an odd coat here, but the Isabel Marant version of an oversized military coat (Fall 2012). But nevertheless: the no fuss attitude of Caroline de Maigret is something I find very refreshing. The pictures above belong to a Vogue Spain „7 days/ 7 looks“ special which you can find here. And if you haven’t seen enough already, you can always check out her profile at the Coveteur or take a look at her tumblr.
Image: Ruben Vega