It’s one of those things you just know you’d seize upon without even seing, that’s how the relationship between me and The Row is like. Even though the closest we ever got was me touching a coat in a department store, the connection is there. In the hands of Olsen sisters, the ever comfortable surf reference turned austere and luxurious; creating a collection many will surely covet. However don’t get too excited over those sequin strapped sandals; according to style.com they are handmade by a nonagenarian granny, which means mass production isn’t possible. Or is it?
Two inspirational quotes to start the post. 1) Never say never. (I vowed just two days ago not to make any more posts about pre-fall collections) 2) It ain’t over until MMM says it’s over. Yes I know even couture shows are about to end and we are all bored with pre-fall stuff but this is too good to not share. Besides, I would wait any kind of wearable Margiela with arms wide open and even though I get some serious Victor & Rolf and Watanabe (maybe even 90’s Gaultier) vibe (let’s not kid ourselves, it was never the same after mysterious Mr Margiela left but still I see it as a design shrine) I still want to embrace every single look. Anyone looking for gift ideas – my birthday is in, like, 4 months so you have to schedule beforehand – anything from this collection would do. Anything. But I prefer the sweaters. And the boots. Maybe the dresses too. Oh no I want the pants.
Is it over yet? Cause I’m not going to do another post if any other brand releases their pre-fall 2014 collection photos. Oh who am I kidding, they are all so good I can keep on writing about them all year long. I’ve already started to update my wardrobe and I’m getting serious styling inspiration from pre-fall collections – which I realised is my favourite season as well. Not pre-fall but pre-winter. In terms of trends to watch: below the knee, wide leg anything (check x3), pointed toe oxfords – preferably with a metal detail (check), furry shoes (planning a DIY), feathered hems (this is huge lately, also working on a DIY), front slit structured skirts (bought the best possible Cheap Monday skirt ever), fur stoles worn as a straitjacket / arm locker if you may (have the stole, will think about the arm thing), short hem trousers (not sure how they would look on me, especially non skinny ones) and over the knee – wide calf flat boots as witnessed mostly in the first …
I hold Chloe responsible for my something masculine in every feminine outfit – something feminine in every masculine outfit motto. Season after season the designers change but my fancy for ridiculous layerings, pastel surprises and pretty on the top – chunky on the bottom footwear never goes away. Clare Waight Keller nailed it yet again with the pre-fall 2014 collection of which I would gladly wear every single item. I’m sensing a serious skirt trend: long on the front shorter on the sides with indifferent flares. Pink and nautical stripes carry the romantic Chloe torch but the sheepskin trims and patches added a whole new vibe to the history line. Wide over the knee boots and flat, ugly sandals are default by now but as far as I’m concerned, Chloe added the cherry on top of the mule cake (hint; sneaky side buckle mule on the second photo).
Remember when non-fashion people used to make fun of MK Olsen because she was dressing like a homeless person? And if you were anything like me you would also remember fancying that look a lot, trying to channel it but ending up looking extremely sloppy instead of grunge-cool. Well here we are, almost 5 years later, and Alexander Wang is giving us a second chance with the worn out (looking) clothes. With the deterioration theme preponderating over everything else on the pre-fall collection, we are facing a whole new aspect of menswear inspiration. Patchworks, burned-like textile hems, rips and moth holes are coming together to form a weirdly complete collection. PS: The boots, as gorgeous and mouth-watering as they are, remind me A LOT of Zeynep Tosun’s boots from the F/W 13-14 collection. What do you think?