What Maketh The Fashion Victim?
I like to think I’m not a fashion victim… but sometimes the worlds of personal style and magazine-approved ‘must haves’ collide. Oy, vey! A few weeks ago I scored a major vintage win in Paris with these Margiela boots, for 80 Euros. Old MMM is not unlike new Balenciaga. We won’t talk about how I also lost, hard, in Paris, by booking my return trip for 2nd February 2017, meaning that a ‘cheap anniversary trip to Paris’ segued into an exorbitantly expensive 36 hours. No, instead let’s talk about SHOES.
Duly saturated with the kind of smugness that comes from snaffling a really great low$$$ bargain, I sauntered into work the next day and without thinking, wrote a shopping list of what, I claimed, we would all want to buy in 2017. On it, I put blazers and white boots. The following day, I came in, dressed like this, and another colleague snorted: “in next season’s white boots, are we?” Fack. I had dressed like my shopping list. At least I practice what I preach.
So, on the subject of fashion victimhood:” isn’t it a bit of a chicken and an egg situation? Yes, I wanted some white pointed boots because I’d seen Balenciaga do a really nice pair that were out of my budget. But did I like the pair that Balenciaga created, because they had created them? Or did I actually already want a pair and thus the longing was exemplified by theirs? Sadly, me memory recall is -40. I’d be terrible in a Liam Neeson film. Ter-rible.
Anywho! [Reigns it back.] Clearly there’s a lot of the au courant in this piece (notably hooked to The Man behind Balenciaga and Vetements) including double-breasted checks, faded jeans and white boots. On the subject of faded skinny jeans: oh no I di’int. Seriously, I never thought I’d ‘do’ a faded skinny jean. I filed those, like peplums and skate shoes, under my Pandora Must Avoid file. But then I encountered FRAME Denim’s ‘rigid fit’ capsule and well, who knew.
The wunderkinds behind Los Angeles brand FRAME that are Jens Grede and Eric Torstensson have been extraordinarily savvy with the making of their modern brand. They started with denim, but denim was not the end goal. An empire, of course, was the end goal. However, they nailed denim, first, because they knew they had to prove they could ‘do’ a genre and that boy, could they do it well (they’re also co-founders of big-dog consultancy agency, Saturday Group, who consult for the very brand behind my victimhood: Balenciaga!) And what’s more cult than denim? FRAME jeans have skated past all its competitors. Now, of course, they are expanding into brilliant ready-to-wear – the forest green velvet suit that featured in every editorial; the navy velvet band jacket; the straight-cut leather trousers which at last, de-thrones the nauseating leather legging, which just reminds me of wedge trainers and furry gilets and yes, it’s true we all went there – but I digress. Denim is still FRAME’s bedrock, despite other, subsequent successes.
The capsule is small – just 11 pieces, influenced by heritage denim techniques and fits from the 80s – but well edited. There is a straight-leg jean – which I donned here, with my delicious new Saks Potts Febbe – and given my fondness at the moment for vintage straight-leg denim, I presumed would be my favourite. In fact, I wondered if I could get away without even trying the high-waisted Le Skinny. But then did and we-hell, I had a brand new top-heavy silhouette. How did this work? I thought I knew my denim capabilities. If you’re petite and curvy, rigid jeans are not your friend. I’m not a denim designer, so I will struggle to get technical, but the ratio is just bang on: they aren’t painfully tight (I can’t take a denim dagger up my vagina One.More.Time, I just can’t) and they manage to slim my legs without suctioning themselves like skin to the sausage with the dreaded pale blue legging-type skinny jeans of yore. AL-SO: they make me look taller. Look, mum!
As for the Gucci t-shirt and what I now realise is an (atypical, I promise – next blog post is totally high street) outfit compilation of hardcore luxury brand whorage, what can I say: Fashion victim.
I’m wearing an Isabel Marant Etoile linen blazer [read about how much I love Isabel Marant, here], Gucci t-shirt, FRAME Le Skinny jeans, vintage Margiela boots, Sarina Suriano Astra earrings and a vintage Chanel bag from Open For Vintage.
Ph. by Frances Davison | in collaboration with FRAME.comments powered by Disqus