Laid-back Meets Luxe

BALMAIN_RTW_SS2014_runway_detailIn recent years, there has been a continuous dribble of “high and low this” and “high and low that” meaning that mixing streetwear with luxury fashion items is the norm these days even preferred to exclusively one or the other. It’s sort of a sign of the times, a melding of cultures and worlds colliding. For me, this notion also represents a lack of economic or social certainty pretty much anywhere globally, therefore you don’t really want to be caught dead or alive adorning yourself too ostenatiously or parading with too much conspicious consumption on the sum of your parts. Conversely, you would never want to appear as though you had just crawled out of the wastebin.

Despite this, allow me to touch on a mode of dressing which is both similar and dissimilar to this concept.  The idea of blending informal, everyday wear with more extravagant (albeit costlier) items. Wearing a mink fur with a pair of jeans, or a bulky sweater with a pencil skirt, a pair of Jimmy Choos with a t-shirt.  Not only is this mode of fashion more modern in a sense from a one-note look, but you can also wear it on a number of occasions and blend seamlessly from one to the next.  Additionally, when given the opportunity for an occasion to dress lavishly, you will never appear as the girl who tried too hard. Instead it gives more of an irreverant vibe, a glamorous meets intellectual melange. Both posturing and being a woman who wants what she has and gets what she wants.

I’m always trying to find ‘connections’ between things. That art is the juxtaposition of a lot of things that seem unrelated but add up to something recognizable.


Elena-Perminova-showed-off-faded-stripes-luxe-furry-topperThanks to Balmain, Donna Karan, Vogue Italia, Popsugar