GoodByes & Looking Forward
Happy Easter everyone! I hope all of you are having a lovely weekend.
I am sure you already heard about the new wave of changes on the fashion block:
1. Jenna Lyons is leaving J. Crew. As much as I admired Jenna Lyons’s personality and her own personal style (which is farthest from mine), I feel J. Crew has been suffering for a while now. I even wrote a very sad, break up post on the blog last year. According to various websites that broke the news, Jenna Lyons has a few things lined up and it was her time to move on. I am curious to see what J. Crew and Jenna continue to do separately, although I suspect it might a little late to recover for the former.
2. Each time I travel overseas, one of my favorite indulgences is to buy the British Vogue at the airport. I don’t read Vogue anymore, but I still like to check out the British version few times every year. Alexandra Shulman has done an incredible job of increasing the editorial content and actual fashion journalism articles in the magazine. I think she is leaving the magazine at the height of her game. I am pretty sure she has a few more books to write and I look forward to reading them. Nevertheless, I am also excited to see a non-white, male editor-in-chief at the helm. Way to go Vogue UK!! I am curious to hear and see more of Edward Enninful’s vision for the magazine. His is known to prefer artistic content than editorial perspectives. I have seen his Seven Deadly Sins collaboration and thought it was beautiful, albeit a bit long. Perhaps this appointment is a step towards a more Tech-Savvy British Vogue in the making. I just hope he doesn’t veer the magazine towards ‘commercial’ like the American version was.
3. Speaking of British Vogue, I particularly LOVED this Suzy Menkes discussion with Martin Margiela about his Hermes years, with Momu Museum exhibit showcasing his work at the fashion house as well as his own fashion line during the same time.
“And then Margiela, dressed in a mustard-beige sweater and white jeans, showed me his secret signature at Hermès – something that I had never absorbed, even though I saw all the presentations for the Paris house, as well as the designer’s early, more radical shows.”
“In Margiela’s hand was a cuff with the buttons sewn on with six, instead of four, holes. The resulting flourish was a pattern that read “H” for Hermès.”
On my last post Lori made a comment that I particularly liked:
“Like last week I found the perfect top (black, oversized, casual t-shirt fabric), I bought it and have been wearing it for days in a row, and now I am trying very hard to convince myself that I don’t need two of them (I almost bought two from the start, but somehow thought better of it). I am barely holding myself back from running to that store right now.”
Then I read something very similar that Mr. Margiela said during his discussion with Ms. Menkes:
“I think the older you get the more you understand – man or woman – what suits him and her and makes them happy to wear. This is something that comes with age. You want it to last. Before, I would never buy three colours or three shades of the same sweater – but today I will!”
This image in particular stole my heart. That collarless oxford shirt!! Well, I wouldn’t mind buying multiple versions of that shirt if I could afford it.
Coming back to real life, I have been doing well with not buying any clothes or shoes. I was able to say ‘No’ to a lot of things only because I already have most of what I love and need in my wardrobe. So, the sale at Shopbop or the new summer collections are not tempting me.
My search for good a Shirtdress and a modern midi dress continue. I have a few potential options saved away on the ‘2017 wishlist’. But, I will try to keep myself in check this year as I plan on making one big bag purchase at the end of the year. Let us see how it goes.
Question: Is there any fashion article or editorial you liked in recent times? Would you please share it in the comments? I would love to know what you are reading.