I’ll be the first to admit that the elusive world of fashion can seem absolutely intimidating and this is coming from someone who “fits in” with “that world”. I’m just keepin’ it real, sometimes I see runway shows or editorials and I find myself saying, “hmm something inside me loves this but…. what in the hell is that? How can this be worn?”.
Wanna know the best thing about Fashion? Interpretation. See, the stigma of “sticking to a mold” is really just applied to our psyches by our own insecurities about what fashion – or style – is. I think the most productive way to look at fashion is: Fashion is an artist/designers interpretation of their own world via clothing. The designers are sharing a piece of themselves with you – and interpreting their art in a way that makes it applicable to your wardrobe is not only necessary for the industries cycle of life, it’s absolutely okay! Make it your own, there are no rules. Do not be intimidated by the boujee vocabulary or the awe of the celebrity behing the garment. Clothes are harmless objects that can create wonderful stories and feelings.
With that being said I’d like to share with you my favorite pieces from Vera’s new collection paired with thought processes that can help you apply “trends” to into a real persons wardrobe.
“..the stigma of “sticking to a mold” is really just applied to our psyches by our own insecurities about what fashion – or style – is.”
Military is in, this is annoyingly obvious just walk into a forever 21 or look at a festival video ad online and military jackets saturate the mass market. There is a place for a military-inspired piece in everyone’s wardrobe but what Vera has done with her latest collection – to me- elevates the military trend to a more sophisticated level. Less camp and more indulgent.
Nicole Phelps of Vogue Runway comments that
“Instead of Napoleon I’s N’s, Wang embroidered V’s. The emperor and his wife Josephine were muses for a collection that combined masculine and feminine elements and served up its pomp and circumstance via heraldic gold embellishments.”
So Vera went french. I dig it and, it’s quite fitting being that she received the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian honor, coincidences are fun 😉 Take a peep below of my favorite looks from the collection and we will go into applying trends on an every day basis:
Applying a trend:
But how does the everyday person apply this elegant idea into a wearable wardrobe? I mean, we all don’t walk around in castles like this model with the expression of looking for….I dunno, a biscuit?
The way we apply this look is actually quite simple: Interpretation. What I pull from these looks is a blatant nod to military and more specifically the french revoution. Obviously. But we can pull main elements from these looks and incorporate them into our own looks in the coming months. You want to pull main features from a collection and apply them to a look. Here are features to pay attention to for Vera:
In 1777, the French ancien régime army had used Galons d’ancienneté, or “Seniority Braid” (cloth braid chevrons nicknamed brisures > “breaks”) worn on the upper sleeves awarded for each seven years of enlistment. Soldiers who wore such emblems were called briscards (“breakers”). The practice was continued in Napoleon Bonaparte‘s army in which they were awarded for 10, 15, and 20 years of service. The French Army later moved them to the lower sleeves and the rank stripes to the upper sleeves. Service chevrons were worn on the lower left sleeve and Wound Stripes were worn on the lower right sleeve (influencing the American Wound Chevron device)
How to apply it to your looks:
You don’t have to limit your Interpretation because of money. If you canot go out and purchase a cute jacket or accessory, you can apply the gold stripe to your nails and rock a dope, inexpensive manicure and spruce up your 2017 looks. Take a peek at the manicure below:
Clothing wise, I would focus on outwear.
Outwear is quick trick to instantly taking a look from dead to cute with the pop of two sleeves.
If you can’t afford a Vera Wang jacket:
You can find vintage military jackets in thrift stores if you do a little digging and I know the trend will hit fast fashion in a couple of weeks so you can always check the cheap spots then. I will not get specific about where I find things to wear as an alternative to the big designers, as that information is exclusively protected for my clients only. But with a some work, I believe you can figure it out yourself 😉 If not, hire me.
Good style takes money, or work but preferably both. But, when you lack the funds, you can make up for it with hard work and saavy thrift-store investigation skills. Fashion CSI if you will.
Overall the look should be careless and a little oversized isn’t bad. Depending on your build, an oversized piece of outwear can act as an illusion to accentuate a “smaller” frame which is perfect if you’re looking to mask problem areas with your body. If you’re heavier set I wouldn’t suggest wearing oversized items on top because then you just look like a blob. No bueno. Tailoring is ideal for everyone but absolutely a key for heavier-set builds.
Unfortunately, wearing JUST the sleeves isn’t a viable option for most of us. While editorial-wise it’s killer, I want you to focus on the gold detailing in these sleeves above. This detailing is what you can keep an eye out for when looking to apply this trend to your looks.
Mixing multiple “luxe” textures into one look:
Another specific note about Vera’s collection is the connection of various fabrics and layers that would otherwise seem odd together. For example: woolen sleeves and fox furs worn with metallic gold gowns on paper, may not “mix”. But you can easily play with this mixing of various textures idea by popping a mesh top under a military jacket like these:
You can also do a metallic gold top under the jacket or, just do a jacket as the main focus but have gold accessories like various bracelets and bangles, bar necklaces or a gold clutch or purse to complete the look.
Dudes can play too:
Make a designer collection your own. Pull from the designers story the elements that speak to you and apply them in a way that works for you. Investing in an expensive designer is fun but not necessary if you’re on a budget. With a little work and creativity we can all indulge in a fashion fantasy.