Sunday, September 24, 2017

Marco de Vincenzo Spring 2016

So few designers are able to hold my attention during Milan Fashion Week. And it’s not that the clothes aren’t good, it’s just that they just don’t speak to me in my current stage of life. I’m still an eccentric millennial, seeking that statement shoe or great jacket that will serve me well into my thirties, forties and beyond. While many women would hardly consider the creations of Marco de Vincenzo to fit the bill, I could not disagree more. The clothes made by this Italian are like fireworks in one sense- dazzling compositions of colour, pattern and texture, but they tend to linger, living both in our memory and for the lucky few, in closets too. There was so much to love about Spring 2016, including but not limited to the metallic leather, pleated lurex and the oddball sunglasses- an accessory which seemed to be straight out of The Wizard of Oz. The real statement were the fringed crepe georgette, embellishing everything from coats to flared trousers, t-shirts to tunics giving everything an otherworldly vibe, somehow still bearing resemblance to fur and feathers.

Although the texture in of itself made for a dazzling spectacle, there was colour too. The movement of the clothes down the runway almost creates the illusion of particles of colour physically vibrating right before your very eyes. “It’s all about following my instinct for color,” de Vincenzo said backstage. It’s that very daring and bravado which has de Vincenzo tipped as a future pillar within the Italian fashion industry, and mainstay on the Milan Fashion Week roster. You won’t find a moodboard as the starting point for a collection either, with the designer (who sometimes moonlights for Fendi) adding a collection rarely starts without a fabric swatch in his hands. Since early runway shows, Marco de Vincenzo has celebrated texture by use of embellishment and up until this point in his career, all inspiration seemed to point to Rome. However, a trip to Japan preceding the creation of Spring 2016 has resulted in silken kimono fabrics incorporated into a handful of coats, as well as the distinct red disc of the Japanese flag, and silhouette of Mt. Fuji appearing on various tops. 

Another highlight and surprise hidden within the collection were the cocktail dresses- a throwback to the 90s and something one would expect from Versace or possibly Jean Paul Gautier. The underwire from a bra was inserted into the cocktail dress, acting to separate one fabric from another. While some consider the move genius and bold, others weren’t convinced. There is something to be said about the daring of this particular designer, and an eye for combining colour, pattern and texture to either highlight or obscure the female figure. The optical illusion was accentuated when coupled with lace fabric, transforming what would normally be a rather petite model into a more curvy woman, rocking what looked like a B cup. Similar to contouring, I’ve convinced myself that wizards are real, and that they simply harness and shape light to bend to their will. Naturally, eveningwear has normally received the lion’s share of the accolades when it comes to reviews, however a metallic jacket, rainbow collared blouse and lilac pencil skirt are the unsung heroes of the collection. De Vincenzo is normally quite brazen when it comes to powerclashing, a term coined in girls and referring to mismatched patterns and as per usual, for the Italian it’s paid off. 


Wearing: White off shoulder shirt, Romance Was Born skirt and Asos loafers.

You can never be overdressed or overeducated, or at least that was the sentiment expressed by Oscar Wilde. The staff at my local supermarket don't seem to quite grasp the contrast, but I've never felt more comfortable dressed in a skirt which resembles a tangle of vines and a top which makes me feel like a milkmaid. It's a strange combination, but actually quite comfortable for the warmer weather. I'm a bit mad at myself I didn't try a more adventurous pair of shoes, but lately all I've wanted to do is DIY and upcycle old and unloved pieces of clothing, including shoes!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pink Puffer Jacket

If you think for a cotton-picking minute the return of Winter means a departure from colour and fun then think again. You don't have to sacrifice being warm for injecting a bit of fun into your wardrobe, but you might need to invest in slightly more outlandish essential items, like a pink puffer coat. If you're worried about pulling the look off, just follow in the footsteps of senior fashion editor at i-D, Julia Sarr-Jamois and pair with a skinny pair of pink trousers. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Wearing: Emma Mulholland bomber jacket, Rosegal blue denim jeans and Sophia Webster glitter desert boots.

I had a revolting epiphany that today's outfit might as well have been put together by a tween. Don't get me wrong, I love my glittery pink boots and this new passive aggressive jacket but it didn't quite come together the way I had pictured it in my head. Does that mean I'm a failure? No, but sometimes I do question whether I'm being too eccentric or conversely, if my outfits lack imagination. While there is no right or wrong answer, there's definitely a certain kind of pressure I feel internally on getting it right. It's nice to be back in jeans though, and this new pair from Rosegal are super flattering and the dye is extra rich. I'm looking forward to having some downtime, heading back down to Melbourne and pairing them with just about everything packed in my suitcase. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Esther Kim x Lazy Oaf

If you like me are kicking yourself because you missed out on buying one of these amazing Lazy Oaf in collaboration with Esther Kim jackets, don't worry. Missguided have a similar style, which you can buy and adorn in as many cute bunny appliques as your heart desires.