Wednesday, 28 April 2010
What goes around, comes around
This outfit is very inspired by the Phoebe Philo Celine aesthetic. The difference being that the clothes (or rather item) in hand are vintage.
A few months ago, I was searching through my mum's box of vintage clothes, in the hope that some new pieces might have miraculously materialised (I live in hope!) when I found two matching suede t-shirts - one in brown, and the other in grey-green. I had a very 'fashion speak' moment in which I said something along the lines of "Oh Gosh! Look how Celine these are, they're almost identical to the minimalist leather t-shirts in the latest collection." Honestly, I don't often speak like that!
But the seed of an idea was born.. A Celine inspired shoot with seventies references.
The suede t-shirt was my grandma's, and is really very comfy. I always value the comfort of pieces, so this is definitely a winner for me! I wore it over a thrifted body-con dress (I think its nineties Miss Selfridge?) and added my favourite cable knit black tights. The black leather shoes are thrifted (Italian made!) and the faux pearls were from a family member.
It was quite hard for me to try and style a 'minimalist' outfit - my usual approach involves a lot of layering, a smattering of jewellery and a curtain tie, or something..
But stepping outside your comfort zone is always a good thing.
My dad took these photos while we were away on holiday - the decor complimeted the mood of the shoot well. The sun was setting as we did the photos, so even the light was on our side!
I love the fact that I'm wearing a t-shirt that is very 'on-trend', but actually was first designed and produced in the seventies. And as my mum reminisced, she wore a similiar series of tops in that particular' style that her mum made her out of old curtains! (She was a child in the seventies.)
So Mr Wilde, it's just like literature isn't it? There may be only six archetypal stories in the world (or however many there are supposed to be - does anyone know?), but look at the variation - endless! So how many varieties of fabulous outfits are there then?