Summer is all but a distance memory now. It always seem to whizz by so quickly. However, I have to say that my favourite season is Autumn but only when the temperature stays above 18 degrees Celcius lol. Ok but honestly, the first half of autumn is usually mild and temperatures are just right for a jacket or some form of light layering.
Ok this post is going to be super shot. And I don’t mean one of those posts in the past I promised to keep shot but ended up making long through describing how shot it was gonna be lol.
Anyone that know me in person knows that I absolutely love Paul Smith shoes. I mean Paul Smith is one of my favourite British designers so I guess it makes sense that I love his shoes. However, I did not realise I had this many shoes from Mr Smith until I added these beautiful derby into the collection. The last three receipts of shoes have all come from the same store, can you imagine?
I had the pleasure of working with one of my favourite streetwear brands about two months ago. This brand had been on my radar since January during LCM AW16. The truth is, I should have done a collaboration with them back then but time did not permit. So allow me to introduce you to Labrum.
Labrum is a modern menswear brand founded by a gentleman called Foday Dumbuya in 2014. It is a London based brand with all the pedigree and influence of this Continue reading Cuts for him + Labrum→
This article is not so much about me and what I am wearing but has everything to do with the look model Jennifer has on. You can read about the description of my look and it seasonal significance in my previous article “How to stretch your summer into autumn with a suit”. Right here right now, I just want to say men’s clothing rock. I mean how else can a woman wear an iconic piece of men’s item like a dress blazer and completely own it with such elegance and grace? One word, versatility!
The long story
Ok now hear me out for a few minutes at least. This shoot or indeed this concept of sharing my wardrobe with Jennifer started off as a necessity which quickly turned out to be a total blessing and a revelation to me personally. I picket up the phone to style consultant and creative director Rita Colson two days before the shoot was due to resign myself to the fact that the shoot might be called off as the male models I casted to feature with me could not make it. Sensing the massive disappointment in my voice the genius that is Rita quickly turned my fortunes round by suggesting the use of a female model instead. I have to be honest and say that I was very wary and apprehensive of the idea at first for the simple reason that I wouldn’t know what to do if I should style a woman using my wardrobe. I mean I already planned and styled the male models so I struggled to replace that idea at such a short notice.
You can image the relief and excitement I had when Rita offered to style Jennifer. With an entire floor to ourselves, we spent the whole day shooting and reshooting to get everything right. Because the shoot was a great success, I was able get enough content for four distinct articles two of which explores men’s clothing on women. I made the shoot with Jennifer into a mini two-part series with the first being this article and the second to follow soon.
Anyway, who better to talk about this look than the person who put it together herself, Rita Colson. Below is a few paragraphs she put together for this article.
“Designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Ghost have sent dresses reminiscent of nightwear down the catwalk, and some stars have even worn nighties out on the town. It’s a real favorite on the red carpet.
There is nothing like a sexy slip dress with a masculine jacket to balance. As demonstrated by Rose Huntington when launching her collaboration with Marks and Spencer earlier this year.
This is the ultimate effortless look for the confident woman who likes to switch it up every now and then.
A Perfect solution for the festive seasons upon us. If a slip dress or a ‘nightie’ is too daring, this look can also be achieved with a bohemian or a Victoriana twist with a masculine jacket to balance.
Why not try it in one of this seasons must have hues ‘Masala Tones’ Paprika, plum, and burgundy to give it an autumnal touch”
So there you have it. Here i was thinking the shoot was doomed only for it to turn out to be one of the best so far. Never underestimate the power of men’s clothing.
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