Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
My mother has always told me never to toss clothes if they're of good quality, even if you think you will never ever wear it again until the end of your existence... And she has always been right! Today's out clothes will be the new vintage pieces of tomorrow. It will come a day in which what is now considered as no longer fashionable could be regarded as the coolest piece in ten or twenty years.I know it sounds a lot, but:
A. If you followed the fashion's trends of the last ten years, you certainly have noticed how various models came, disappeared from the runways and reappeared again (just think about colored and creative-patterned tights as an instance: they appeared about ten-nine years ago as a trend, went "on vacation" for five-six years and came back two or three years ago. Today you can see many models wearing them in the magazines). Another fact is the tendency of the designers of representing styles inspired by almost all fashion historical periods from the last century: hippy-chic, neopunk, charleston, the elegance of the 4o's, 50's and 60's...we've been wearing all of them in the past decade alone. The result is 20 year-old girls shopping pants, gloves and hats that their grandmothers used to have in their closet. Moreover, the FW collection 2009/2010 showed great influences from the 80's and 30's, while 2nd-hand boutiques and flea markets continue to be visited by many fashionistas.
B. One does not have to keep anything (I mean, that cotton top you bought four years ago at H&M for less than what you pay for a menu at a popular American fast food restaurant because it matched with a jacket that got ruined last summer does not have to spend its entire life in your closet if you don't need it anymore).
C. The thrill you have when you discover, say, a fringed leather bag bought by your aunt in the 70's among your familiy's teasures is just divine. We all know how good it feels to go home with a new pair of shoes, but hey, this is vintage shopping in your own home's closets! Isn't it just great?
And D. It does not mean you will start having a house full of clothes you don't need everywhere. You can reserve a part of your closet for "worth-keeping" pieces, you can use boxes that you can store in your basement...many are the solution to keep order (which, in my opinion, is absolutely necessary in a closet)
Today, for example, I found two high waist skirts that used to be my step-sisters' in the 80's (thank you Bi ;-)). They're still perfect as the quality of the materials in which they were made is high and, also importantly, ...they fit me! How am i feeling? So good!
In a nutshell: keeping order and getting rid of those pieces that are ruined, of low quality, or that simply are some depressive-afternoon-mistake is absolutely correct and necessary. But letting your good pieces go just because they're not in trend anymore could be not as smart as keeping them.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This season, many designers played with different heights to decorate our feet and legs: side-tie boots, ankle boots, tall boots, ... there's no limit in this year's creativity to style up our outfits. Anyway, for this winter, fashion artists all over the world seem to have created what could be interpreted as the wearable representation of the contradictions of our time by letting inspiration come from the extremes. I am supposing that since the real protagonists the F/W 2009/2010 collections definitely were the short ankle boots and booties and the more courageous thigh high boots.
Most designers have chosen to create contrast by combining over-the-knees with short cut dresses or long tops that work as dresses, as in the collections by Rodarte (in the second picture) and Stella Mc Cartney, to give an example.
The shorter versions of booties and ankle boots (as the model by Louboutin in the picture) look amazing with almost anything, but I think they work best with short skirts, dresses and pants or skinnies.
Do you agree?
Friday, September 25, 2009
I admit it. When it comes to the words "ecological fashion" I usually roll my eyes up thinking: "Yeah, sure, as if an overlarge T-shirt made of organic cotton can be called FASHION...pfff!"
Well, I think it's time for me to open my mind a bit.
As you may be aware of, many magazines are now talking about Label Noir, a Danish brand that is creating politically correct and ecologically-minded high fashionable models.
Well... if you haven't yet, you gotta take a look at those pieces! Hot Stuff!