First a disclaimer : this one has been in the works for a while, sitting in my drafts folder waiting for some attention. I’ve finally given it the love it needed, even if it is significantly after the shows in question, so excuse the delay.
If the fashion shows of the latest season have proved anything, it is that you must always listen to your grandma – she is a fount of wisdom, tucked beneath the baked goodies, warm cuddles and amazing vintage stash.
Now it’s a thing to dress like your grandma, or at the very least, the most eccentric geriatric you’ve ever seen. Iris Apfel and her matured friends have shown the world how to dress, and even more so, how to live. Life lived at it’s fullest, in both colour and experience. Happiness and love are the primary goals, reflected in a style that layers on all your favourite pieces to create one big love bomb of an outfit.
I was devastated last year when I missed seeing Iris at the cinema, but lo and behold, Netflix has delivered and I am waiting for the perfect girly / solo moment to indulge and gain some much-needed life perspective. I’ve also gone on a massive following binge on Instagram, discovering the accounts of all these iconic women (which is just amazing in itself – these women are stylish, successful, beautiful, and also social media queens – probably with a greater knowledge of all things social than our own parents).
Gucci, Miu Miu and Rochas have all taken this concept on board and flown with it. Gucci reappropriating the full-length dresses, bright spectacles, layers and bows for the younger fashion audience. Miu Miu’s prints harking back to the treasure of Mary Poppins magical carpet bag, made modern through denim layers. Rochas playing with sheers, textures and prints to make us all feel at home again.
How can you not admire a woman who comes up with such insightful little quotes such as these :
“There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.”
“When you don’t dress like everyone else you don’t have to think like everyone else.”
These are worthy of a bedroom wall mural, almost like a mantra as you wake each day.
There are just so many things I want to get posted before the end of the month – so many current muses and style queens and world-changing labels to talk about it. Keep an eye out for what’s next.