When Less is Better

Amongst the prevailing, inconsequential (read: exercise, eat healthier, bla, bla) resolutions I've made this new year  shines one that I plan on sticking to; buying less but buying better.

Growing up, I never went through any major anatomical changes so I never really had the excuse to get rid of clothes because they no longer fit. Fast forward a few years and I now find myself the not-so-proud owner of a burgeoning wardrobe filled with the most random items. My love for clothes and new purchases doesn't really help the situation either. This year I vowed to myself that I would start making my purchases count. The cardinal rule of building a timeless wardrobe is that of investing in basics and in 2014 that's exactly what I plan on doing. Each item I add to my wardrobe is to be an investment, one I will treasure and wear often… or until something newer and more shiny catches my eye. Just kidding!

Since the weather hasn't been very inspirational, I haven't as yet given these future items the thought they deserve but I've compiled a visual list based on the items that have caught my eye and over which I have not stopped lusting!

Nicole x

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The Men in Milan

Being in the business of opinion by way of my nationality, I feel I am duty-bound to bring you a selection of my favourite looks from the Autumn/Winter 2014 Menswear shows at Milan Fashion Week. I have decided to forego any Golden-Globe-related phenomena (except to say: "Tina and Amy, please be my aunties") in favour of Mode Homme. Negative judgements will be withheld because I am most definitely not entitled to distribute any.

(Images via Style.com)

A perfectly constructed padded biker jacket on the right, and a possible A/W2014 splurge on the left.

Belting in various forms was rife throughout a hefty percentage of the shows. This formalwear interpretation of the robe sash is a fine example of unconventional tailoring.

Calvin Klein Collection
Not the best of tones for my complexion, but nevertheless a great exercise in non-black, non-monotonous monotone.

Fur is, in most cases, a domain best left to the Macklemores and the P. Diddys of the world. I myself have toyed with the idea ever since I saw these Louis Vuitton looks on the runway and on British GQ. On the right, another reoccurrence of the sash, this time in printed coat form.

Dolce and Gabbana
As Lorde so finely put it, "We'll never be royals", but if we were, here's a collection for the modern-day king. Prince George, get on it. Also, in line with the whole bathrobe scenario, pyjama shirts for men. Yes, please. I will be on the lookout.

The motif with some of this week's fashion shows was deformalising suits. I am 100% on board. Overalls disguised as a suit (see left), beanies with formalwear (also present outside the shows), sneakers, unfinished hems. You name it, you'll find it next Autumn. The orange touches were also spot-on, although relegated also to the same personal spectrum of uncertainty as fur coats, for the moment.

"Head-to-toe print vomit" would best describe the show, and despite the emetic reference, it is by no means deprecating (that is how my brain functions). The highlight, however, was seeing the tailors walking down the runway alongside the models. The way to the heart of the undersigned is through cute exploitation of senior citizens. No, I have not succumbed to gerontophilia. Also worth mentioning are the white-on-navy windowpane checks on the left.

A post by yours truly would not be complete without a monochromatic look worthy of a life-sucking Dementor. Another example of desuiting the suit via white high-top sneakers.

Salvatore Ferragamo
One of my absolute favourites this season. I will overlook the slight similarities to Dries A/W2013, and instead focus on four things:
a) the shawl-on-shawl action;
b) the incredible styling genius of Photo No. 3 (although by no means a new trick, wearing cardigans over blazers is thankfully not widespread and therefore not yet tired);
c) the satin sheen;
d) I am at risk of sounding like a total donkey here, but I was awe-struck by the way the pinstripes on the blazers and trousers were one continuous line from top to bottom.
The pyjama overtones continue to reign supreme. The relaxed vibes of the Burberry Prorsum show have been carried over to Milano and I am lapping it up like a lizard basking in the sun.

Neil Barrett
Haven't been this interested in lightning iconography since Pokémon came out in '99.

Roberto Cavalli
We all know Cavalli's penchant for garishness. You might also know how dark and shrivelled up my fashion heart has become. So here's a happy medium: the rock-god vibes on the left, and the heartwrenchingly beautiful coat on the right. Is that a sash I see? Now sashay… away.

Z Zegna
The cocoon is coming to town. Also, ketchup and mustard are no longer the strict domain of hot dogs. Long live le condiment!

Sandro x

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The Fantasy of Fashion

Warning: NSFW

There is probably no bigger testament to the transformative powers of fashion than the above editorial styled by Jacob K and shot by the extraordinary Tim Walker for W Magazine. Taking runway fashion, which to some is already beyond the point of wearability, and morphing it into the tragic tale (or should I say tail?) of a mermaid who looks simultaneously ethereal and out of her depth, with a slight glint of menace in her eye, is pure magic. All the right elements crash together like waves, out of which emerge these breathtaking photos, like a modern-day Birth of Venus.

If you think the industry of fashion exists simply to establish dos and don'ts and what-to-wear-hows, think again.

Sandro x

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2013: A Recap

We've said it on Facebook and we've gone over it in the previous post, but let's make it official:


As per blogger-usual, we thought we could round up our favourite looks from the past year, when our little virtual space really took off. So sit back, finger on your mousewheel/trackpad/touchscreen (we cater for everyone) and enjoy this sassy sashay down memory lane.




Here's to more out of 2014!


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