CABLE KNIT PANEL MIDI COAT, ANREALAGE | BOAT NECK TUNIC TOP, ADAM LIPPES | FOLDED SAIL CROPPED TROUSERS, DION LEE | CHUNKY HEEL ANKLE BOOTS, ANN DEMEULEMEESTER | ‘ALIX’ SHOULDER BAG, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM | ‘KISS THE WIND’ RING, DREW&EVAN
It is quite strange and excited when a task can quickly make up your mind about things and thoughts that have been multiplied and messed up in it. It is when you point your finger towards it and just feel the immediate yes or no. I am thrilled to announce that I was approached by FARFETCH, the ultimate fashion destination, and asked to participate in their New Year fashion aspirations project, realising 5 resolutions that best illustrate my fashion approach for 2016.
At first I thought it would be quite difficult to incorporate my entire wishlist and inspirations in 5 single pieces. However, after a while this task became a complete agenda for the months to come, at least as I see it now! Additionaly, FARFETCH offers extreme variety and quality that made my task easy and hard at the same time!
I am repeating myself when I mention how I love bold pieces and combinations and how important details are when examined or pointed out. My favourite moments when observing outfits is when I can’t actually point out what exactly it is that fascinates me in a rather basic outfit.
Therefore, I can say this as a new year’s fashion resolution: it is not about trends and instant norms, it is about details and full awareness. It is not about total blacks or whites or nudes or whatever. You can either style white jeans with a white casual shirt or you can wear a tailored white co-ord which consists of an oversized tunic and culottes; both white, yes…same resulting essence, of course not!
Which brings us to my own fashion resolutions for 2016, separated and combined!
As I dig deeper and deeper into my aesthetics sphere, examining all the inspiration I can gather and eventually focusing to what exactly is this that makes me excited, I surely have to say that extravagance covers it. Setting this amazing coat by ANREALAGE as a title which triggers a whole matter, I’ll have to say that structured pieces are my first fashion resolution for 2016. Go big and BOLD. Get inspiration from architecture, music, your favourite paintings or artists. Proceed with caution and delicacy, do not copy exact combinations, but incorporate your style and personality in your favourite imagery. I am definitely the one who accepts and acknowledges that every single piece and detail of an outfit is of equal importance for the final result. However, when you make the decision to deal with such strong pieces as the one above, it is reasonable to focus on the heavy lines, structured design, excellent neck cut, fascinating form of black and white contrast, the “invisible” buttons that declare the limits. Then the eye moves along…
STRAIGHT AND SIMPLE
I strongly believe that this beautiful ADAM LIPPES tunic top is the visualisation of my second resolution. I feel I’ve taken some parts of everyday life more seriously these last months. This exact feeling has been subconsciously transmitted even to my beauty and dressing routines. I used to spend much more time for preparation at home, before going out; sometimes I had organised my outfits even from the day before. This process has definitely changed. I rarely use makeup or big shiny accessories anymore. I am not bored, I am aware; beauty for me is the result of comfort and confidence. Moreover, I’d like to highlight the importance of a bright winter palette that has started daring me. Although since now, I was more into dark and moody winter outfits, this season my attention is mostly caught, not only by beautiful smooth pastels but also by bright colour combinations and patchworks; and of course total whites! This year is definitely gonna be all about simple and casual combinations that represent myself to the fullest!
Moving on to my 3rd resolution for this year and in combination with my second one, I’d like to add a very important fashion policy of mine. I am constantly building a casual wardrobe base, simple, minimal, basic, monochrome affordable pieces that I can use during the whole week, even during the whole day. That is when the details come to enrich the outfit, and fill in important “blanks” in a wardrobe [blanks in my opinion of course]. The folded cropped pair of trousers by DION LEE, is the perfect example I could find to explain my thoughts! THE DETAIL comes when you can duplicate your garments adding similar ones with the ones of your base, which could either be designer and labels or a very good and rare opportunity, towards the pricey way, but that’s definitely optional; great picks pop up everywhere if you are patient and persistent. Returning to my example, I am pretty sure everyone owns a white pair of pants [jeans, culottes, cropped, skinny , straight, tailored etc] and styles it in a similar way each time, more or less. THE DETAIL could make the exact same combination even more interesting, sophisticated and level up the whole outfit. THE DETAIL could be added in the wardrobe every month.
And here comes one of my favourite fashion tactics, and I am guessing you could agree! I am dealing with extreme details again, but not at all similar to THE DETAIL above. I am talking for the once or twice in a year opportunity and purchase. Referring mostly to designer pieces, UNIQUE not only goes to the one item you keep dreaming about and saving money for, but to the one that its design, pattern, colour, line, feeling etc is one of a kind in your wardrobe [which eventually means that it could not be expensive at all]. I am referring to THE ONE jacket, THE ONE bag, THE ONE skirt, THE ONE pair of shoes. Which brings me to these fascinating ANN DEMEULEMEESTER ankle boots with the perfect heel design; it is almost like it was “plugged in” in the end. Apart from the heel, this kind of ankle boots are turning rapidly to be my favourite this year, not only for winter outfits but spring too! I find this tight part around the ankle so elegant, steady and confident and I am looking forward to styling my own similar pair with culottes, skirts and long coats!
Finally here is a vision that I have still to conquer! That makes it my last resolution for 2016. I offered a slight taste of this matter in my introduction, when I mentioned that I feel a bit weird [in a good way] when I am astonished by a rather simple and basic outfit. Not quite sure if I am able to achieve such a feeling to others with my work, just because I examine it though my personal filter and subjective angle. However, I am now talking about the details that don’t catch your eye immediately, perhaps never, but are able to contribute in such ways to the outfit, that eventually form a whole idea and concept for it. Take this beautiful 3.1 PHILLIP LIM for instance. The silver detail could be the guide for the rest pieces to come. This INVISIBLE TOUCH could lead to more circular shapes or silver details, from belt buckles, coat buttons, round heels and more suede and leather to silver jewellery and zippers. The bag gains a whole other meaning and importance, without screaming it out. Eventually it could be interpreted as today’s “black bag” but we will all have to agree that every single choice brings along its own essence.
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