Bibliostyle: Nancy Mitford’s “Wigs on the Green”

Above: For Restless Sleepers, Spring 2017

They also helped to design her clothes which were always an endless topic of local conversation as she never could resist appearing at everyday functions in elaborate fancy dress. The black velvet, fur hat and ear-rings of  Russian Grand Duchess, the livid greens and yellows of Bakst ballet dancer, taffeta bustle and Alexandra fringe, Mandarin tunic and trousers, making each its appearance on some most inappropriate occasion aroused each in turn, among tweeded local ladies, a storm of discussion and criticism, the repercussions of which reached Mrs. Lace, by no means displeasing her.

  • from Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford

Above: Hillier Bartley Spring 2017

Above: Tsumori Chisato, Spring 2017

Above: Rosie Assoulin, Spring 2017

Above: Alessandra Rich, Spring 2017

Above: Charlotte Olympia, Spring 2017

Above: Rodarte, Spring 2017

Above: For Restless Sleepers, Spring 2017

 

All images from Vogue Runway

Bibliostyle: The Electrical Field by Kerri Sakamoto

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Above: Kate Spade New York Resort 2017

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Above: Leonard Resort 2017

It must have been those colours she wore, like flower bursts, that convinced the neighbours she was the real thing, fro Japan. While I had my quiet browns and navies. On one or two occasions I saw hakujin men slow down on the street just to watch her, to try to catch her eye. A true Japanese lady from a samurai family.

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Above: Valentino Resort 2017

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Above: Roksanda Resort 2017

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Above: Fashion East Spring 2016

That was what she told me, her lowly lady-in-waiting. That was what I was, but I didn’t mind. The Saitos were samurai too, but I kept that to myself, letting her have her moment. I knew what it meant to her, for all her nonchalance. That day, she wore a cherry-red scarf at her neck, less fine than her usual style–tie-dyed by her daughter, by Kimiko, she told me. There were rings inside rings on it, all bleeding into the centre, staining the white parts. It seemed to trick my eyes, the rings heaving with tremors, and I couldn’t decide whether the red was staining a white piece of cloth, or the white was bleaching out the red.

– from The Electical Field by Kerri Sakamoto

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Above: Tsumori Chisato Spring 2016

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Above: Vanessa Bruno Spring 2016

The Best No-Fail Outfit Combination

You know what outfit combination always looks the best? This one:

Boots (best if they’re ankle boots)

A coat that goes no longer than your knees (but preferably hits mid-thigh)

An above-knee dress/skirt.

Don’t believe me? Have a gander at the looks below (all designed by women!) to see what I mean. While the runway diversity is starkly lacking in every way, the outfit combo still holds true…

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Above: Dondup, Fall 2015

Fur coats (faux, please) always look good with this combo

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Above: Dondup, Pre-fall 2016

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Above: Josie Natori, Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Missoni, Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Paul & Joe, Fall 2015

Love the addition of the collar in the Paul & Joe look above

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Above: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Fall 2015

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Above: Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2015
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Above: Vivetta, Fall 2015

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Above: Zadig & Voltaire, Fall 2015

See? Told you fur coats look good with this look!

All pics from Vogue Runway

Bibliostyle: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows’ “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

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Above: Monique Lhullier Spring 2015

Then Susan suggested a new dress. I reminded her that the Queen was very happy wearing her 1939 wardrobe, so why shouldn’t I be? She said the Queen doesn’t need to impress strangers–but I do. I felt like a traitor to crown and country; no decent woman has new clothes–But I forgot that the moment I saw myself in the mirror. My first new dress in four years, and such a dress! It is the exact colour of a ripe peach and falls in lovely folds when I move. The saleslady said it had “Gallic Chic” and I would too, if I bought it. So I did. New shoes are going to have to wait, since I spent almost a year’s worth of clothing coupons on the dress.

– from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows

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Above: Véronique Leroy Spring 2015

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Above: Tsumori Chisato Spring 2015

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Above: Saloni Spring 2015

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Above: Wayne Spring 2015

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Above: Elizabeth and James Spring 2015

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Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2015

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Above: Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring 2015

Paris Rainbow: Spring 2015

Looking for a little ROY G. BIV inspiration? Here is the best look per colour, straight off the Paris Spring 2015 RTW runways. The best part? All of these outfits are from design houses headed by women!

RED

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Above: Comme des Garçpns Spring 2015. It would have been an insult to not have the red selection come from Rei Kawakubo’s show–the entire show was red.

ORANGE

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YELLOW

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Above: Vika Gazinskaya Spring 2015

GREEN

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Above: Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2015

BLUE

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Above: Zadig & Voltaire Spring 2015

INDIGO

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Spring 2015

VIOLET

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Above: Tsumori Chisato Spring 2015

 

Side note- two things jumped out to me when I was pinning the Paris Spring 2015 shows. First, I was actually worried about being able to to this post–Paris, by far, was the most neutral-heavy city, I feel like I hardly saw any colour (which, by my standards is terribly dull). Second, I don’t have the data to back this up, but I also feel like Paris was the least diverse in terms of models of colour walking the runways….tsk, tsk.

Check out 200+ more of our favourite looks by female designers from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015 here.

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