Sunday, 5 October 2014

Fashion Gets a Sense of Humour

A shares some tips for embracing fashion's silly side this Autumn-Winter

This season, fashion is divided. There rages a war between serious, beautiful design and downright silly design. In the serious camp we have Gucci, referencing the 60's and looking toward the future, Dior, Prada, and even Vivienne Westwood with a wardrobe suitable for a 40's screen siren. In the silly camp sit Karl Lagerfeld, with his Channel supermarket, Anya Hindmarch's beautiful bags emblazoned with brash household brands, and most controversial of them all, Moschino.  

Chanel's Supermarket Chic

This Autumn-Winter, Moschino has come home. The brand was launched in 1983 by Franco Moschino, a self-taught design maverick in the fashion world. From the beginning Moschino saw his designs as a canvas for social comment, and poked gentle fun at the very industry that made his name. With his debut collection as creative director, Jeremy Scott has injected the fun and social relevance back into Moschino.

Spongebob Squarepants becomes a style icon at Moschino.

This isn't a trend for everyone, it's bold, it's brash and it's undeniably silly. R and I will never see eye to eye on it; while R continues to sport minimalist chic and classic casual pieces looking totally flawless, I will stubbornly bound about in plastic skirts, cartoon print t-shirts and bright, clashing colours, looking effortlessly daft.

For those of you with a soft spot for silly, may I suggest a few ways to wear the trend, without looking like you've just been unwrapped and assembled from a Kinder egg?

Pussyfoot around the issue
Make like Alexa and get yourself some cute, fun, but totally wearable Charlotte Olympia kitty flats.

The icing on the cake
Don't go the whole hog. Rather, add a cartoon pop to your outfit with an accessory. These beauties are courtesy of Lazy Oaf.

Be colour confident
Take a leaf out of Anna Dello Russo's book – she succeeds in wearing mad stuff and looking great. Choose a colour palette and stick to it, it'll ensure your outfit looks put-together rather than thrown-together.

Say what you mean
Make one statement at a time. Don't over-complicate matters, if you're going for wit, keep it pithy. This Moschino t-shirt, available at Selfridges, says it all.

And last but not least, have fun!

A x

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