Posts Tagged ‘ready-to-wear’

Musing: Chanel

In culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, RTW on June 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

Chanel – what I chic name. Then again, I’m attracted to all things chic. The way the name rolls off the tongue is like an ice cube melting in your mouth – the water drizzling down your chin. I’ve noticed, since I’ve been reading archives, Canadian magazines are in love with Chanel. Whether it’s fragrance, cruise collections or runway collections, they’re always front and center of this coveted french atelier.

Admittedly, I’m also a hardcore Chanel fan. Though I’m not sure if it’s more about the man behind the brand than the brand itself. Could it be that Canadian magazine Editors saturate the brand to be closer to him? I mean, Monsieur Karl Lagerfeld is a character all himself. With his starched-high collars, sleek black shades and leather motorcycle gloves emblem, he is the epitome of quintessential chic.

Since falling in love with Goth culture, I’ve noticed the dark underpinnings in his Chanel collections (considering Fendi and his namesake are more commercially appealing). I’m addicted to victorian-ruffled blouses, the monochromatic black scale palette (of course), jabots, admirals, Jacquard prints, brocade – all of it. And the younger Chanel, the ready-to-wear Chanel, exemplifies that gothic element for me. She’s what I aspire to be; mysterious, confident and forward. Obviously not all of it, but it peaks it’s pretty head; a shirt here, pant there, even a tweak in it’s traditional tweed jacket.

I’ve made an official claim that I’ll be sitting front and centre at the fashion world’s most sought-after collections, starting this year. And Chanel is not, by no means, exempt from this promise. I better get busy, I have a lot of work to do.

Swathed in black fabric, the way I like it.

The man of my dreams? Not quite, but he’ll do for now.

RTW – Basso & Brooke s/s 2010

In designer, Fashion, RTW on November 3, 2009 at 3:06 am

UK design duo Basso & Brooke are as British as they come. They’re  known to draw surrealism influences that are incorporated into their concept, and the line seems to be way too cool to be ‘ready-to-wear’.

However, this season seems to be toned down significantly. While there’s still strong colour ways and imaginative conceptualization, the appeal is a lot less theatrical. There’s a clear indication of maturity, moving on from creating a circus around the clothing and just letting the pieces be wearable (which is a big thing for burgeoning fashion designers; they seem to want to cause controversy rather than sellable clothes). 

It looks like Basso & Brooke may finally be on their way to international success.

RTW – Toni Maticevski s/s 2010

In designer, Fashion, RTW on November 3, 2009 at 3:00 am

Toni Maticevski is known for his more formal approach to fashion, but this ss 2010 collection was not really something to rant about. Pieces within the collection were blotched as though to give this dirty effect (I suppose), and though there were some interesting ruffles and bows, Maticevski shines most when he keeps things elegant and flowy.

The most interesting ensemble was the Michelle Obama-inspired, floor-length  gown. A creamy lustre was added by the silk draping that embellished the dress, and its sinched waist added a 1920s appeal.

RTW – Mathew Williamson s/s 2010

In designer, Fashion, RTW on November 3, 2009 at 2:43 am

It goes without saying – Matthew Williamson is a spectacular couturier. The London-based fashion designer has the magical ability to produce women’s clothing from a conservative yet whimsical perspective. Playing with the ideas of futurism, `80s post-punk and an aboriginal infusion, his clothes are always refreshing and appealing. He knows how to capture a younger generation of fashionistas, and he’s true to British fashion culture: very new wave, very fashion forward.

While it’s quite obvious that there are layers of historical references in his designs, it doesn’t matter. The clothes are pretty, wearable and digestible – that’s all that matters.