I have this long-standing habit of leafing through fashion magazines or catalogues and asking myself, on every page, “Out of the selection on these two pages, what would I buy?”. It’s a tad compulsive habit at this point, probably because I have been doing it for so long, but it’s a cheap and engaging way of spending twenty minutes.
It wasn’t until fairly recently that I realized this compulsion has allowed me to:
- really see what I am looking at
- develop a clear sense of what I believe works (or doesn’t) for my life and body
- take that knowledge into (the very un-couture) stores where I shop.
Both my sense of self and of what I like to wear have evolved over time, sometimes following trends, and at other times creating a thread. I never wore vintage 1950s or ’60s clothes in my youth, as they would have reminded me of my mother but I do now, definitely more tongue in cheek than she ever did. And, defying jeans’ trends, I stick with the shape that works for me. Clean lines, an absence of ruffles and frills have been a constant. Colors have changed. The near black obsession has given way to a much wider palette.
Here are some of the things that grabbed my attention as I was relaxing on the sofa, going through a stack that had been sitting on the coffee table, waiting for a moment of idleness.
Miuccia Prada is a woman after my own heart. I could take this outfit, lock stock and barrel, and go out in it (where to, I am not sure). Normally, I would never consider feathers but here they are married with the simplicity of the coat lines and the sober grey. The black turtleneck (such a friendly piece of clothing) and the grey are enlivened by the baby pink of the skirt, the shock of blue of the necklace and purse. And those shoes. I could pray for the miracle of those shoes dropping from the sky into my living room.
I would NEVER wear this (bra-less, hello?!) but this Louis Vuitton’s gown that Michelle Williams wore to the latest Oscars epitomizes what I love about formal wear: severe meets sexy meets sparkles. A fitted black top (with long sleeves and and an appropriate neckline) paired with a softer skirt with some embellishments is something I could wear. And how adorable is the bow peeking from behind her neck?
I just know these Ralph Lauren pants (or a more affordable version) would be very flattering.
While the dress on the right is remarkably unwearable, a similar idea, with a less revealing slash, would be so very chic (Raf Simons for Calvin Klein – I will have to stalk the CK stores now).
Top image: Prada Spring Summer 2017