Sometimes I long for clothes that jog me out of my dependable-basics rut, but then, in a shop, I find the tried and true in my hands. I need to summon a higher vision.
While couture is the stuff of dreams, ready-to-wear must translate those dreams into getting dressed Monday morning or enjoying an evening out. This year, many designers sent out pieces that meet real-life requirements.
The best of Spring '11 transmits messages that I can pick up on, even if I don't buy the exact item. I just have to stay open.
Here are some RTW clothes I admire as much for their attitude as the specific style.
The matching shaped tunic updates the pantsuit, in supple silk. Mine might have sleeves.
A suit in rich and varied fabrics reminds me to hold out for superb pattern:
A tonal mix, here grey but equally effective in blues or beiges, can be as summery-cool as white:
Or...monochrome, but with precise yet soft tailoring:
A packable, playful coat in python-print iridescent taffeta sings in the rain! Note to self: avoid boring travel basics.
Colour in unexpected combinations: dare unconventional pairings! There's world beyond navy and white.
I like black, but I should make it interesting. Feathers: not on my list but I'm charmed.
And, finally, to remember that cut reigns; this suit! Worn with those oxfords! Dame Vivienne Westwood turns 70 this year, so I could pull up my socks.
|Vivienne Westwood Red Label|
Whether or not these exact clothes make it to my closet, I'm inspired by their point of view and quality.
Issues of access, size and budget notwithstanding, a look at the best of spring's designer RTW hones my eye and strengthens my resolve to save my pennies for something special.