i dream of...
I was typing a comment on a post by Olivia of Gone With The Fashion about basics, and it got me thinking about how I approach shopping and deciding what I'd like in my wardrobe.
All my life I've been pretty much drawn to classic styles (I grew up thinking Audrey Hepburn was the chic-est thing, thanks to my mum; I was awed by the clean chic of Carolyn Besette Kennedy), but I've also been stunned into silence by Alexander McQueen, or Christian Lacroix, or something couture by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. My personal style is some distance from the cerebral imaginations of Nicolas Ghesquiere, but I always eagerly look to what he shows every season.
My shopping is about reconciling the "real" fashion I love and wear and the fantastical that inspires awe. I see clothing as primarily functional and I love it when designers or brands create thoughtfully designed basics - things that are simple but have a detail or a shape that makes your heart sing. This is the sort of thing I'd like to see dominate my wardrobe - simple shirts, blouses, trousers, jackets, knits, the odd dress. I'm a wallflower dresser.
And then there's the occasional need to go one step up and buy things of beautiful design and craft that's more about fantasy than utility. I dream of the perfect silk shirt to wear every day , but I also dream of a wonderful slippery silky confection by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, fit for a goddess.
So, here's my vague list of "dreamy" items that I'd like to acquire some day, not because I need them, or expect to wear them much, but because something about them is deeply stirring. I don't need to get them all.
- Something artfully printed or embellished (or both) by Dries Van Noten
- Something sculptural and elegant by Maria Cornejo
- Something in flowing silk by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin
- Something starkly and yet sensually tailored by Stefano Pilati for YSL Rive Gauche
A perfect marrying of the basic and the fantastic for me would be a gorgeously tailored jacket by Phoebe Philo for Celine - made with the kind of delicate details (in shape and finish) that lifts it from a traditional jacket, and yet still wearable.
Above is a look from the Dries Van Noten spring 2009 collection, one of my favourites of his. Wouldn't it be something to own something from that collection?
Picture from style.com