“It’s not about Marilyn Monroe moving to India and having an acid trip,” Alber Elbaz wisecracked at the presentation of his pre-fall collection for Lanvin.
Instead, his observation that more women are wearing evening for day – “Why save the best dishes for guests?” mused the aspiring philosopher backstage – gave Elbaz inspiration for a collection marrying the finest of both.
A floor-grazing skirt – made liquid in champagne silk – had the masculine nonchalance of palazzo pants when paired with an oversized rib-knit sweater. Bourgeois tweed came shot through with gold and patchwork fur. Ruffled day dresses – cut simply in black and navy scuba – were stacked with a Mille-feuille of pearl necklaces.
Each came finished with charcoal grey tights to remind, and remind again, that the collection offers a luxe reinterpretation of dressing for day.
|The Fashion Spot, Quotes: Style.com|
The scene beyond my window is one of autumnal carnage.
All around, trees brazenly perform a seasonal striptease whilst the lusty wind carries away their lingerie leaves. Nature’s own Fire of London, the streets blaze with orange, red and riotous yellow.
A long, hard winter beckons.
With broderie anglaise, the briefest denim and flirty floral motifs, it may seem a little cruel to share these pictures from the Isabel Marant Spring 2011 lookbook. But what better motivation can there be to endure winter’s cruelest days?
They promise spring and summers to come.
Either that, or the impatient amongst us can bang up the central heating and make like we’re already there.
|Fashion Gone Rogue|
I originally discovered DAY Birger et Mikkelsen several years ago when Napoleon – my rather short, and rather more bossy, boyfriend – professionally advised on their consolidating a foothold in the UK.
The first of the Danish brands to really make an impression on the international fashion scene, I immediately fell in love with their aesthetic: easy, feminine, modern pieces infused with Scandinavian functionality.
With a beautiful lookbook for autumn and a newly launched e-commerce store – to be found here! – they look certain to remain one of my firm favourites for many more seasons and years to come.
To be democratic, let us have an image for those chaps who may be reading or have wandered here entirely by mistake. Here’s to hoping my aforementioned Napoleon takes the hint, bins the cricket shirt, and dresses this way come the winter…
|Fashion Gone Rogue|