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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:

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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.

 

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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.”

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“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.

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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.

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  1. Thank you for the link about Margiela/Hermes exhibit. I’ve always been vaguely aware of Margiela, but it wasn’t until the H&M collab that I really began to look into the designer. I did not know about his background at JPG (also an Hermes designer at one point), but I can definitely see the influence.

    That sleeveless oxford, I am about to ruin it, but it is giving me league of their own vibes. haha ;P

    Thank you for the featured articles, interesting reads.

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    April 17, 2017
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      I am only starting to read about his work. Out of all the well known ‘avant-garde’ designers ( Rei, Yohji etc), I think his work is more ‘wearable’. I did not know he worked for JPG until recently.
      League of their own!! Lol! Geena Davis’s style in particular? 😊 Come to think of it, you are right and you most definitely did not ruin it. It is always fun to know what other women see in the things that I like.

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      April 17, 2017
  2. I love your blog because you are a fashion lover rather than most bloggers who are constant shoppers. Thank you for the info, I will look for some good fashion articles on the British press and come back. I am mostly reading politics at the moment and tearing my hair…😳

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    April 17, 2017
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      Thank you Lady Sarah! You are very kind.
      I know what you mean! Here, the American political news is driving us crazy too. I have a feeling that 2017 will be remembered as the year of bad politicians and bad decisions across the globe. 😦

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      April 17, 2017
  3. Your article made me think of why I don’t know anything about any fashion designers and why I seem to notice almost a resistance to educate myself. I do appreciate fashion as art and value designers for their creative genius. But there is something about their work that makes me take a step back. I think it is the connection with “luxury” and “exclusivity” and all the class differences that those concepts make apparent. The more I age the more political I become in everyday life. Why?
    In the end, I think I am a peasant at heart and I will always have a soft spot for the traditional, artisanal designers who weave and sew and embroider close to life and nature, out of love, pleasure, and necessity.
    I read something that I liked about Martin Margiela: he said that he doesn’t dress women who need to be sexy, showing legs or breasts. I like that. I so dislike the idea that clothes need to be “sexy” or make a woman “sexy”. Ugh!
    Anyway, I did enjoy your old post about J.Crew. How do some brands become so big in our lives? I have a soft spot for Eileen Fisher. I think the woman can do no wrong.
    Sorry about the rambling comment. It’s early in the morning and my mind is in shreads. I might need more caffeine.

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    April 17, 2017
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      I agree with you! That’s pretty much the paradox of fashion. The priorities of designers and those of their ‘distributors’ (luxury brands) can be polar opposites. It is almost like an artist and his/her agent. Some agents give the artist’s principles more priority vs some others who just want to make a sale, build luxury clientele etc. Some of the owners of historic art truly shock me! Did they buy it because they could afford it or because they actually loved or understood it?

      I think fashion houses are under tremendous pressure to sell and push products under the veil of luxury. The sad reality is that everyone capable of appreciating art and creativity will not be blessed with affordability. As much as I love the aesthetic of a certain designer, I really cannot afford most of the product offerings. To add to this, many times the artist or designer has nothing to do with 90% of the product offerings available in the store.

      Oh well, we always have the pre-owned market and independent designers! Then there is also the option of just appreciating and moving on, as one does at the museum  I completely feel you about having a soft spot for the traditional, artisanal designers. In India, one could find wonderful tailors at the end of a random street. They sew and embroider the most beautiful creations according to the needs of their clients.

      To me, Martin Margiela is an enigma. There is only one or two known photos of him. He gave very few interviews and chose to leave his own brand at the height of its success to focus on art. He did all of this before it became a common trend among fashion designers to leave fashion. I think he had a deep love and understanding for tailoring, fabric and fluidity of the garment. He never worked in couture. Instead he created clothes for everyday life as if they were couture. I also want to give credit to a fashion house like Hermes – It chose to have artistic director like MM during times when other fashion houses were very interested in selling ‘sexy’.

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      April 19, 2017
  4. I admire your resistance to shop. I can’t seem to stop it as it always looks like there is another essential item I need in my closet – the latest was a trenchcoat because I don’t have any light outerwear other than my leather jacket which I don’t feel good about wearing to work.
    And thank you for that Margiela’s quotation!! Stocking up on clothing pieces I love – here I come! (Lol)

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    April 17, 2017
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      I still browse and make a wishlist. I am not sure when I will start buying again, just delaying purchases and hoping some of them will fall off my radar. A trenchcoat sounds lovely! I have been wanting one for a while, but I know I will not get much wear out of it in the place I live. Sometimes, I absolutely hate that I stay in a state where there are no drastic seasonal changes. But, then I remember how lucky I am to be able to wear the same things pretty much year round 🙂

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      April 18, 2017
  5. Would love to see the dresses you are thinking of

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    April 28, 2017
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      Sure! I did not think many people are interested in dresses. I will put together a post.

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      April 28, 2017

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