Over the past 15 years or so, the word “vintage” has become synonymous with a riot of print and colour – 50s housewife dresses; 80s logomania; sexy jersey dresses from the 70s; even that staple of the 90s, plaid. But a different kind of vintage is emerging that’s more in step with fashion’s current minimalist mood.
I discovered the French website ReSee a month or so ago and have become a bit obsessed with its inspiring edit. Age isn’t a factor – some of the pieces date from the the 60s or 70s, others from just last year – but all have a clean, pared-back feel. Most exciting: genuine, 90s-era Helmut Lang tops, dresses and jackets. It’s like they’ve been monitoring my eBay searches!
And as with all vintage, I wonder about the women who owned these pieces, the ones who would sell their jaw-dropping YSL cape from the 70s, never-worn Céline tote, or the Ghesquière-era Balenciaga that’s soon to be a collector’s piece. After sitting on a wait list for however long, who would willingly part with a tan Birkin in seemingly pristine condition? I don’t have the answers, but I thank these women for their generosity!
I’ve mentioned before how much I love the pairing of grey and gold, and rose gold just kicks it up a notch. In this sweater (my summer-appropriate take on the trend for chunky knits), it radiates a warm glow that contrasts nicely with a cool, steely grey.
Apparently this metal has been having a moment in the world of fine jewellery for the past year or so, so we can expect to see more of it in fashion, too. I know that rose gold can be a bit divisive, so I’ve put together a few tips for ways to wear it well. -Read more>
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Tagged country road, fashion, j.crew, jewellery, lanvin, marc jacobs, nathan smith, resort13, rose gold, street style, winter13
The fashion train waits for no woman! It feels like yesterday that we were pouring over the spring/summer14 runway images and now pre-fall is already rolling out.
I love the in-between seasons of pre-fall and resort – stripped of the theatrics of many runways, they present beautiful, wearable clothes that arrive in stores exactly the right time for the southern hemisphere to wear immediately (pre-fall generally has a June delivery date). And northern hemisphere fashion-lovers get the benefit of fresh ideas that they can start to work with as soon as the houses release their look books.
Ideas like this beautiful pairing of burgundy with blue. What’s new is that almost any shade of blue goes: cobalt and cornflower at Fendi (below); cerulean at Burberry (bottom); and a flash of clear, crisp aqua at Alexander Wang (above). Take your cue from these looks and ground this pairing against a grey base.
It’s a simple way to make burgundy – a shade that’s been around for a few winters now – look fresh, and makes for a fast wardrobe update.
A skirt, tank and cardigan; flat shoes; a little bit of leopard and a stripe or two; some metallic for sparkle: this is the look that I come back to, the no-brainer that I reach for when I don’t have time to think about getting dressed. You could say it’s my uniform at the moment.
Wearing A.P.C cardigan; Bassike tank; Filippa K skirt; Country Road shoes; Fendi cuffs.
Truth be told, I’m a spontaneous dresser. Much as I love to plan outfits, most of said “planning” is usually done 13 minutes before I need to race out the door. This is one reason I’m going to start assembling monthly moodboards like the one I posted yesterday – they channel all the ideas and references I’ve seen and loved into a clear message that I can remember when the heat is on.
I definitely had some of the images in mind when dressing for my annual family Christmas lunch on Saturday. Neutral shades, polkadots, shorts and lightweight layers – yep, I got the message this time.
Wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim knit; Country Road shorts; Miu Miu brogues; Givenchy handbag.
Sartorially speaking, December is a funny time of year in Sydney. Technically, we’re in summer mode but in reality, this can mean anything from mild to very hot weather and days of torrential rain. There’s a winding-down feeling to the year but, because many people take at least part of January off work (it’s a bit like Europe in August), there’s also a mad flurry to get projects wrapped up and deadlines met. And, of course, there are lots of end-of-year/Christmas lunches and cocktails to fit in.
These photos show exactly how I’d like to dress for it all: streamlined separates in a mix of black, navy, ivory and cream; a pair of shorts (or two); A-line skirts that hit below the knee and some polkadots – just for fun.
While they’re obviously heavy on the warm-weather styling, these ideas can easily translate for my winter-dwelling northern hemisphere friends, and also take in some looks from the resort collections, which are arriving in store now.
Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Posted in Instant updates, Other people's wardrobes
Tagged 3.1 phillip lim, alexander wang, bassike, celine, fashion, hussein chalayan, j.crew, lanvin, marc by marc jacobs, resort13, street style, summer13
From the ankle down, my day looked a little something like this: at my computer by 6am to meet two deadlines (Birkenstocks); an elegant beauty launch and lunch for the L’Oréal Luxe brands (Prada); prepping for a photo shoot on Monday (Nike). - Read more>