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Inspired by His Closet. Officine Générale.

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Officine Générale started as a brand for men, but recently established a line dedicated to women in response to a growing number of female customers who regularly purchased clothes designed for the opposite sex. It is no secret that men fashion is appealing for women who value clean lines, comfort and simplicity, but due to differences in sizes and cuts, it is not always possible to borrow from husband’s closet or shop in the same stores that he does. Officine Générale makes is much simpler, offering a line inspired by what is “his” and transforming it into “hers”. Judging by the first collection, they did so successfully.

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Photos: officinegenerale.com

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Timeless Fashion, an Urban Legend or Reality?

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Sometimes I wonder whether a timeless fashion is just another urban legend that some people are desperate to believe in. With my conviction that some classic pieces and styles never age, I definitely belong to this group of “believers”. Looking at fashion magazines from yesteryears, it is pretty obvious that most outfits featured in editorials would never make it back to glossy pages today. All crazy accessories, revivals of fashions inspired by popular TV series (does “Madman” and “Boardwalk Empire” still ring a bell?), long forgotten it-bags, odd looking sunglasses that were just the thing back in 2015… I remember buying a lovely 20ties inspired dress at Zara, it had fringe, sequins and was so “in” around the time when “The Great Gatsby” movie was released, but will I surprise anyone saying that I never wore it and donated it to charity with a price tag still on, doubting that anyone would buy that dress again…

Nowadays fashion is a spending game, not to call it a loosing game, if you want to be in it, get your credit card ready and make some extra space in your wardrobe by letting go of what you purchased the last season. Does this sound scary? To me it does, this vicious circle of buying and tossing, tossing and buying, fuelled by fashion magazines, blogs and social media. I was really stunned to read recent articles praising H&M and presenting it’s history, no wonder – the concern is in some trouble as the revenue drops, more publicity is a matter of need to boost sales. It is no secret that most fashion magazines and successful blogs will write such pieces to please their major advertisers, in the fashion world this is a common practice.

On the other hand, there still are clothing brands and manufacturers that do not subscribe to this, making collections that age gracefully and are not destined to be forgotten when the new season comes. Beautiful pictures from this post come from Protagonist lookbook. It wouldn’t be any unusual, if not for a fact that this is 2014 collection, yet it looks as great as designed today. This is what I mean by timeless fashion, immune to passing trends and as classic and elegant in 2014 as in 2017 and beyond.

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Photo: protagonist.com

Totême Top Styles.

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I wouldn’t call myself a gifted stylist, to the contrary, I feel that too often I tend to go on repeat when it comes to clothes. For this reason I like to look up ways of styling one piece by placing it in different outfit contexts, like here at Toteme where a simple pair of black leggings goes a long way when styled with some imagination.

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Photos: toteme-nyc.com/

#NotThatComplicated

 

Ever since I started my blog, Filippa K was featured on several occasions and over the time this brand became one of my favourite. I was almost proud to see the launch of their new campaign called #NotThatComplicated and simply have to write about it. The idea of #NotThatComplicated is based on a philosophy in which simplicity is the purest form of luxury and the guiding principle is to shop less but with greater consciousness and care. Once you do, the way is to own fewer items and use them in rotation, being creative and true to your own sense of style.

My adventure with less is more began in 2013, when I had a period of being out of work with a limited budget and an increasing frustration of having a closet full of clothes and very little to wear. With an extra time on my hands, I started reading more on the quality vs quantity, as well as on how to get more with less. This in turn lead to a major wardrobe clean up and revisiting my whole idea about style and fashion. What I like the most about Filippa K’s initiative is that a clothing brand tells its customers they do not need to buy so much, that in fact they should purchase and own less remembering that basic pieces and a capsule wardrobe can go a long way, if all of them are of the best quality and mixed with some imagination.

It seems that there is an increasing number of people tired with the constant urge to get more and ready for owning less. The growing number of publications on the subject of becoming a minimalist, documentaries, blogs and interviews is a sign that an extensive consumption is not for everyone. Hopefully more brands will pick the initiative and start educating consumers on responsibility and moderation.

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Coat Check.

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Photos: vogue.ru

Autumn Transitions with Filippa K.

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Fall is usually a season that brings a sense of pleasant excitement when it comes to wardrobe options, marking a shift to wools, cashmeres, knits and coats, scarves and boots… It is a transition from outdoor, careless and colourful days to indoor and more somber, reflected living. For inspiration, some looks from the recent Filippa K collection.

Photos: filippa-k.com

Still Looking for the Summer…

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It feels as if the summer was stolen this year by too many rainy mornings and cold evenings. I am still hoping for hot days and sleepless nights, morning walks on the beach and romantic summer vibes like in the lookbook by Broochini.

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Photos: broochini.com

Endless Summer with Sézane.

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Summer can be a bohemian affair with embroidery, peasant blouses, flower prints and frills, like in the lookbook by Sézane, the first French online fashion brand. I like the romantic twist and the youthful appeal of their designs, a perfect inspiration for a summer wardrobe.

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Photos: sezane.com

Suddenly Last Summer… Magda Butrym.

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Magda Butrym is a Polish designer, who having established her ready-to-wear brand in 2014, received an international acclaim for her luxury designs inspired by modern femininity and best traditions of craftsmanship. I love her recent look book, the mistery and romance set in an atmosphere worthy of film noir.

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Photos: magdabutrym.com

The Spirit of Summer.

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There is something romantic in beach life, a certain freedom and joie de vivre, an atmosphere of a carefree youthful summer. I love images from the latest Broochini lookbook that captured so well the beauty and longing for the summertime seaside nostalgia, the true spirit of summer.

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Photos: broochini.com