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Valentino fall 2013
Another day. Another cape. Or so they say. As you know I’m leaning heavily toward a wool coat investment wise. But then again, seeing all these beautiful capes leave me wondering…
Let’s snap back to reality. And to the picture above. Yes, it is indeed one of these looks which remind me of the Céline aesthetic. Exquisite tailoring and no fuss. Maybe the overall longing for minimalism and less frills have caught on with others designers and translates therefore in a cleaner approach here and there. What counts in the end is that you can still spot the signature of each individual label and as a matter of fact Valentino’s designer duo did this successfully even with an all white and all clean look (the  hood, the shoes, the headband, the styling).
Even though I could probably go on and on about this all white look, I would like to direct your attention to yet another eye candy from their fall 2013 collection. Now, who doesn’t want to snatch that dress right from the runway?

Valentino fall 2013
Images: Valentino fall 2013 [Vogue.com]

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Using adjectives such as delicate, white and lacy might instantly evoke pictures of wedding gowns. Especially when we add into equation the fact that we are speaking about dresses and even more so, when we are speaking about long gowns. The dress above probably ticks all these boxes (and I say probably, because I’m not quite sure about the colour) and yet, we are not seeing here someone prepared to walk down the aisle. There is no doubt really that the dress is sublime, but seeing it makes me wonder about the contextualisation of clothing. If you wearing this for fashion week (which was what happened), does it change our perception or are we still tempted to ask about the future husband. My point is: can culturally set meanings be taken down a notch by changing the framework or styling? Or are some combinations and some kind of fashion items heavily laden with meaning? Just think about restaurants and the classic black and white attire for waiters and waitresses. Wear both colours without paying any attention to proportions and you will maybe end up being mistakenly held up and asked to bring the menu. That does not mean that black and white are off limits when going out for dinner. You can still wear a black skirt and white shirt, but yes, it probably pays off to consider the cut, the length and the fabric.
Back to the case in question: are accessories like dark sandals and  a huge purse game changing enough?

Image: Vogue Spain

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Not that I’m in any way trying to make a how-to-dress-this-week-suggestion (although I have to admit, it is tempting). This shot is just so very lovely and I would even go further and use the word romantic. Now, I don’t feel ridiculous using this particular word, however I surely use it with caution. But once in a while you come across a picture and this word pops up in your head. A delicate white dress, the woods as a background…the contrast might not necessarily make for a big surprise, but who does really care if the outcome looks like this.

Image: Carter Smith

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Right now, I’m sitting in front of this picture and try to figure out how and why exactly it speaks to me. Yes, it ticks the box of  „a nice black and white shot“. And being printed in The Gentlewoman speaks quite naturally in its favour as well (they rarely got it wrong). A little black dress made out of lace? Bring it on! What is bugging me are all those flower shaped motifs attached to it. Being white they are not precisely hiding, radiating describes it probably far better. If someone would have told me about an idea describing this precise dress, my only imaginable reaction would be a raised eyebrow. Now, that I actually see it, I might be raising both.

Image: Karim Sadli

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Admittedly this is a lot of detail for one sole picture. One is almost tempted to admit defeat just because it is hard to know where to set one’s eyes on. This is partly due to the setting and the styling, yet most of the credit deserves probably the exuberant Christopher Kane look, all black lace and floral embroidery. When Cathy Horyn saw the designer’s fall 2010 collection, she was impressed, yet in the same time she couldn’t help but mention „sickly sweet embroideries“. Sarah Mower described her first reaction as „a kind of sick stomach lurch (…) brought on by witnessing something cheap and tasteless being transformed into fashion at speed.“  Not necessarily the perfect start for a review, yet on the whole the collection worked in her eyes as well. Sometimes the lines are slightly blurred and something which runs a high risk of being over the top, works perfectly in the end. This picture surely does.

Image: Cédric Buchet 

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