fashion director’s notes

July 23, 2011

 

I quite liked this article in ELLE UK so thought I would transcribe & post it here:

How to be a lady. Now there’s a conundrum. We’re talking fashion lady, BTW – not the titled variety or the ‘how to get out of a sports car without showing your pants’ kind, though both are fine and dandy. Specifically, we’re talking about the Bottega Veneta lady. This season, the label’s designer Tomas Maier, best known for his stealth-luxe aesthetic, sent out a woman who looked completely different. All messy chignon, pencil-skirted sexy. The Mad Men look has been big for a while, but until now it’s all been a bit va va voom. This is a new, very wearable kind of ladylike. Sow ho to do it without looking camp or cheap? The devil, as they say, is in the details. And here they are:

Hair: If I had to pick one defining ‘do of the shows, this would be it. It’s a chignon but not as you know it. It’s messy and sexy and looks like you’re having fun. It’s not perfect…It’s perfection.

Colour: The shades are all a bit ‘off’ – but in a good way. Autumnal and sludgy and good-weird. Less obvious than the Mad Men palette and more of the moment.

Texture: It’s all about subtlety here. Yes, there’s lace but not in-your-face ‘ooh, I just showed my bra strap’ lace. Up close, it’s beautiful and intricate. There’s fur but not in a ‘look at me I’m loaded’ way. It’s more modern in burnished gold. There are also beautiful distressed tweeds and printed knits to play with.

Shoes: The ‘platforms are over’ debate has been raging for some time but these are the first pair of non-platform babies I’ve lusted after. They’re not really kitten heels, they’re proper stiletto without being vampy. Much kinder to the leg than a shorter kitten heel. I love the pretty but not frumpy T-bar styling and I want them, now.

All in all, this is a lady with attitude. A lady with intellect. A lady with edge. I’m not suggesting you buy a head-to-tie Bottega look (one can dream). But if you want to discover your inner lady, try a messy updo, pretty stilettos, a tweed pencil skirt and a sporty-but-chic textured coat – then just put on some lipstick and you’re pretty much there.

  1. Wear heels but avoid anything with vampy platform details.
  2. Invest in a pencil skirt but don’t go too tight.
  3. Wear lipstick. Everyone has a red that suits them…even you.
  4. Show some skin. Either nude legs or arms to avoid looking too ‘done up’.

Anne-Marie Curtis in ELLE UK, August 2011

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