It’s 40 degrees in the shade where I live, so what could be better than a little online shopping to cool the brain? I went to YOOX to check out the new AW collection – won’t bore you with the details, I gave up browsing at page 185. Before I leave you to my cashmere fetishist picks, I have to point out that Yoox chose some FUGLY stuff this season. Some of which not even my sartorially challenged 60 year old relatives would wear. Here’s the good (the bad is for another post):
Yves Saint Laurent
Maison Martin Margiela
Comme des Garcons – as soon as I saw this one, I fell in love with CdG all over again!
One of my earliest fashion heroes was Ann Demeulemeester; at 13, it seemed like she was making clothes specifically for my angsty, artsy mind, for the kid wanting to be taken seriously through aggressive gear and talk of Sartre. Growing up, I began to see the other side of her creations. Combat boots are tough, but they make thighs more fragile – black is broody, but it makes skin more delicate. That juxtaposition of tough second skin and a pulsing, breakable human core, that armour-and-key-to-the-heart sheath of fabric is what kept her close to my mind all these years. At fourteen I wore a pair of her trousers all through summer, and I was never more honest to myself than during those three months. Returning home after the holiday I was someone else – partly because of her, as her work had shown me how to look inward before gazing into the mirror. Clothes are invitations; hers invite others into your soul.
Read an interview with Ann Demeulemeester here.
Cold weather is upon us in the Northern hemisphere, so I made a wishlist of my favourite comfortable knitwear on Yoox. Criteria: natural fabrics, neutral colours, versatility, not overpowering so they can be paired with statement jewelry or interesting head accessories.
Miu Miu light weight jumper in ‘camel’
Exte wool & silk sweater
Viktor & Rolf sweater in ‘dark brown’
For a brand closer to home, I love this sweater dress from the IVANAhelsinki ready-to-wear collection:
I’d also love these heavier pieces (in hopes of avoiding a coat until it begins to snow in earnest):
Aquascutum cable stitch mock neckline wool sweater in ‘ivory’
Jo No Fui heavy knit turtleneck with zipper closure