14 posts tagged Chloé
14 posts tagged Chloé
Resort 2012 — A White Collar Affair
I had planned to pen a fully-fledged print piece (or for a magazine’s online component) addressing the inrush of white collars that hit the showrooms this resort 2012, perhaps touching on the historic and socioeconomic ramifications of what such a loaded motif as a “white collar” could possibly connote (or not) of our world at large—and fashion’s relevance therein.
Altuzarra Resort 2012
Alas, due to silly life things (pressing work obligations and deadlines coupled with schoolwork and exams out of town), I have yet to find a free moment to develop anything semi-intelligeble or worthwhile on this whole resort 2012/white collar notion. So here are a few hare-brained thoughts, seeing as I have yet to come to any firm conclusions myself on the matter…
Céline resort 2012
I reckon it would be foolish to assume that this trend bears any pertinency on our economy in the way that we may initially perceive (in the standard sense of the term apropos to White Collar crime, white-collar professionals, etc.). After all, white collars—when unaccompanied by a suit, that is—bore altogether different implications at one time, as I was reminded upon rereading John Updike’s acclaimed A & P (1961) this past week.
Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony resort 2012, Chloé resort 2012
In the midst of quitting his job as New England grocery store clerk, Updike’s teenage narrator Sammy removes his uniform (a white apron and bowtie) ostensibly in angst over his employer’s treatment of young bikini-clad customers. You probably have already read the classic (it is well-nigh a requisite in most American schools), but in case missed the boat and are curious: The freedom portrayed by the bathing-suited girls alludes him, and he ends up alone in the white shirt that his mother had starched for him. Poor Sammy.
Peter Jensen resort 2012
Peter Jensen resort 2012
Then again, the wealth of white collars this resort season could merely allude to designers’ optimism that by catering toward white-collar customers (in the most traditional, affluent sense), such a clientele would in turn snap up their “white-collar” togs. [E.g., Stefano Pilati’s resort 2012 Yves Saint-Laurent showing.] Although I have a sneaking suspicion that Elizabeth Warren and (chic) economists on both sides of the aisle would be quick to debunk ascribing the trend to that rationale.
Carven by Guillaume Henry
Carmen de Tommaso (Mme. Carven) was famously a fan of peter pan collars and white cuffs—veritable signatures of early Carven. The house is flourishing under Guillaume Henry’s helm; who, as it is oft-reported, is doing wonders carrying the Carven torch into the 21st century. Perhaps the rest of the fashion flock is finally catching onto his sought-after propensity of topping his “French cool girl” collections with a trademark Carven peek-a-boo white collar (sometimes betwixt a bola tie)?
Acne resort 2012
Or plausibly I am reading way too much into this, and white collars’ coinciding, collection-wide presence is merely a testiment to how pretty and crisp and clean they are—evidentiary of their remarkable ability to add a demure and ladylike touch to even the sultriest of ensembles.
Burberry Prorsum resort 2012
So, white collars are a thing this resort 2012. And frankly, I don’t know why.
Oh and here’s an illuminating interview with John Updike (1932-2009) on A & P, which is mildly germane to this whole spiel, sort of:
A woven woolen patchwork technicolor dreamcoat with a pitch-perfect bold purse to match, please. And while you’re at it, a color-blocked yurt would be nice. Seems apropos.
Chloé Autumn/Winter 2011 by Hannah MacGibbon
Above: A little questionnaire that I completed this past December 22 for my big-hearted and talented friends Reece Solomon and Max Stein of New York’s most coveted handbag collection, Reece Hudson.
Earlier in the week she wore our bag in Teen Vogue, now we Need to Know… Julia Frakes / Bunny Bisous
“I’M NOT HAPPY MAURICEEE”
i like this formatting.
"I’M GOING TO GET YOU THAT COFFEE." — Glad you like the formatting, Jannuzzzz. Although I can assure you that my use of typewriter was born out of sheer embarrassment regarding my own penmanship. Also, I’m 99% certain that you and I were the only people to have twigged that First Wives Club quotable (Maurice).
Key everyday essentials worth dreaming about/saving for/investing in:
Julia Frakes, Model/Writer—
2010 Blue Ribbon Pieces Countdown, Part 3: While I have already thoroughly fawned over Hannah MacGibbon's soon-to-be must-have Spring 2011 Chloé ballet flats, I would be remiss to wind up 2010 without broaching the exquisitely constructed handbags churned out in tandem with that off-duty ballerina inspired collection. The season’s bow motif extends to this thoughtfully conceived purse—at once sturdy, refined and playful—its perfection lies in the meticulous details: an ideal size, a smart chain, distinctive coloration, elegant rivets and a delightful bow.
This bag is no doubt wait list material. And so, I tip my hat to Hannah… again.[above] Chloé Spring 2011 bows, in runway form
For one reason or another — well, admittedly owing to being knee-deep in work and having not yet found a free moment to conceive of a proper 2010 Halloween costume (during most years I go all out) — I still have not fallen under the spell of the Halloweeny spirit.
So what better excuse to pay homage to next season’s unequivocally least frightful must-have treats: the thoroughly unspooky and charmingly elegant Chloé off-duty ballerina flats? Let the retail countdown begin!
(photos via Sonny Vandevelde)
Please! I plead with you to never liken these two, erm, “moments” ever again. You know who you are. They are literally 10,000 leagues apart.
Or are they?
Oh golly, you’re far too kind. All that I think when I see this photo: brrrrrrrrrrr!
(‘Twas colder than an iceberg in Paris that week!)
Julia Frakes being awesome.
Chloé Pre-Fall 2010 (via style.com)
Hannah McGibbon's smart, sophisticated 70's menswear-inspired silhouettes are simultaneously smack of a hunter's romp in the English Countryside (think proper plaids and tartans) and a genteel, refined urbanity fit for navigating the city streets (by dint of skinny ankle pants and cement-friendly slip-on brogues).