When it’s a Saturday morning and the first thing you see outside is grey, you’re likely to eschew the basic rules of dressing and instead pair blue stripes with red plaid. Just go with it. Who really cares? It’s the weekend.
When you vow not to leave your house for 24 hours to study, only to spend four hours (and counting) procrastinating, you have a problem. When you decide the best form of procrastination is to catch up on all the editorials you’ve missed, and happen to stumble upon this particular one, you’ve got an even bigger problem.
I want it all, and I’m probably going to start singing about it if nobody tries to stop me.
Somehow I’ve begun thinking a $445 striped shirt and $860 knitted jumper (can you say L-L-L-Louis Vuitton?) are both highly practical and affordable, which they most certainly are not*.
All the above aside, I want to be Andrew Westermann in this shoot. The hippie vibes are strong — very strong — and I bloody love it. If only we could all make oversized mum jeans work.
* I should at least note that the denim jacket in the first shot is actually both practical and affordable. $90 at Gap.
It never ceases to astound me that the fashion industry still operates on such an archaic cycle — that is, the showing-collections-six-months-before-they-hit-stores cycle. Sure, such a cycle works well for buyers who are — or at least, were — the reason fashion weeks began in the first place. But the issue is that we, as followers of fashion, see things on Style.com and forget about them soon afterwards, because there’s no chance of seeing pieces in the flesh — more often than not in a store of some sort — for at least six months. And even then, there’s the unusual manner in which stores ‘drop’ stock.
Micro fashion rant aside, it was whilst catching up on the DRG Style Index that I was reminded of Raf Simons’ FW14 collection, which is currently in season. If, like me, you’ve already forgotten which one that was, allow me to jog your memory with some word association: RAF, STERLING RUBY, ART, MOON SHOES, FATHERS, ABUS LANG, PERFECTION, $33K REALLY-LIMITED EDITION PARKA.
Not surprisingly, the Raf/Sterling collaboration is equally as exciting now that it’s in season and in stores, as it was when it was first shown in January*. As usual, I’ve waited unreasonably long to write about the collection, so I’ll spare you a wordy review. Instead, more shout-y uppercase words: SPACE ODYSSEY, DADDY ISSUES, PATCHWORK, YOUTH, YOUTH WITH DADDY ISSUES WHO PUT PATCHES ON THEIR CLOTHES, COLLAGE PRINTS, YOUTH WITH DADDY ISSUES WHO PUT PATCHES ON THEIR CLOTHES AND MAKE COLLAGES, ABUS LANG/ABUSIVE LANGUAGE, MASCULINITY, HYPERMASCULINITY VERSUS RAF’S ATYPICALLY-MASCULINE LEAN SIGNATURE, BOYS BECOMING MEN AND ALL THAT JAZZ. Capiche? Me neither.
I want it all, as I’m sure you do too, so feel free to give me money/buy me a piece from the collection. (For the latter, see: Mr Porter, Matchesfashion.com or OKI-NI.) Not sure exactly which piece/s to buy me? There’s a little collage/outfit thing-y below which should give you some hints. Alternatively, pick any piece from the collection and as long as it’s not the overpriced socks, I’ll gladly accept.
If you need me, I’ll be crying with a $33k coat-shaped hole in my heart as I attempt to study for the rest of my exams.
* Tangent: is it really already the end of August? Where does time go?