Nothing says classic like a man-style white shirt – perfect with denim and a great contrast to leather. But lately, we’ve seen designers getting down to business with myriad rifts of this iconic wardrobe archetype.
Yves Saint Laurent has played patron with ruffled tuxedo shirts and off-shoulder peasant blouses bouncing back from his 1970s collections, just as floating bib tops (see UK retailer COS as pictured centre), are even giving knitwear a shirting spin. Perfect for buttoning up or buttoning down in this trans-seasonal weather.
We’re always on the look out for basics that allude to a certain Parisienne nonchalance, and Current/Elliott’s Serge Azria certainly bottled the brief when he teamed up with French actress and songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg to create a capsule collection for A/W 2014.
The collection takes its cue from vintage-inspired fabrications and Gainsbourg’s love of structured designer clothing (she is Nicolas Ghesquière’s muse after all), including raw indigo denim, structured blazers, corduroy outerwear, tailored wool suiting, classic shirting and layering knits and tees . “For me, denim has always been a fabric that can take on the personality of the person who wears it,” Gainsbourg explains.
“We both wanted to create something special, not a large line; the best shirt, the best jean, the best jacket,” adds Azria of the pair’s updated classics.
If there was ever a show spectacle that would ordinarily draw expectations of the highest of high heels, it would surely be the haute couture. There are, after all, only a select few shows a day, three days of shows and the fact that invitees generally stem from a chauffeur driven alumni. So it was quite grounding to see all matter of flats walking around Paris during the most recent collections.
No doubt inspired by Dior’s bejewelled Fusion trainers (uniting comfort and craftsmanship), and all manner of beautiful sandals and slip-ons from Balenciaga, Celine and Chloe; what’s not to love about high fashion kicks that don’t require tottering in heels.
With all matter of patch pockets, eyelets and D-rings on view at the A/W 2014 collections, it makes sense to get on board with a little summer safari while the weather abounds.
My Theresa fashion editor Veronika Heilbrunner kicked off the urban trek with a pocketed sundress by Alessandra Rich and leopard print sandals by Chloe at the recent couture shows, with Carine Roitfeld also following suit with a utility shift and jungle-print Hermès boots.
Whether embracing a big cat print, tribal fringe (on bags and skirts) or a khaki tribute cargo, all of these items that can be built upon as the sun sets on summer so invest freely.