– MFWA 18
Versatility. Creativity. Experimentation. These were the main tenets behind fashion week dressing this year. The aim was to dip a toe or two in the experimental vortex of fashion by conceiving distinct looks and outfits that allowed the showcasing of personal style whilst having some dress-up fun. In previous articles it has often been advocated that thinking outside the box, going outside one’s comfort zone, and trying out new things are what makes one stand out in fashion. Where else but fashion week can you get to be who you want to be and how you want to look?
In this article, 5 outfits were put together with different concepts in mind, whilst sharing some features or motifs, either in the colour scheme or in the details (e.g. floral designs). Irrespective of how the outfits looked, a very fundamental element that
ran seamlessly throughout was comfort. The chosen materials provided ease of movement, breathability, and sometimes, in case of a slight breeze, offered that extra layer. Reliability was also sought in the choice of footwear, given that with consecutive events running on the same day there was some walking around. In this blow-by-blow account, there
are also underlying ideas on how to style separates or one-piece looks to make your wardrobe pop. This means that the outfits’ versatility takes them beyond fashion week such that they can be worn on a daily basis; hence, one can have the best of both worlds.
1ST LOOK: REDS AND STRIPES
– INSPIRED BY THE BELLAGIO
AND LAKE COMO, ITALY
There is something that pulls you in when it comes to a light coloured fresh striped blazer, especially when worn on denim and with a tee beneath. Rather than opting for the usual pair of blue jeans, a more daring choice was this rich red in the softest material of denim you can come across. A slogan tee is perfect to have as a backdrop, whilst accessories amp
up the final look. Quirky details such as eye-motif earrings, the velvety hair tie, and the hooped belt were just what the outfit needed. Finally, the choice of bag was oriented towards matching the denim rather than the shoes, although the embroidered pattern
of the ankle boots still had a touch of red.
2ND LOOK: NAVY STRIPES AND POLKA DOTS –
INSPIRED BY TOKYO, JAPAN
A structured dress is one of the best purchases one can make. Add to that slightly puffed sleeves, a belt to cinch the waist, and it is complete. The reason for which the inspiration was Tokyo is because of the way the dress drapes when it falls, its linearity and cut, just like this bustling city of Japan, so sleek and crisp. Moreover, midi dresses are the style of the season, and for good reason. Ever so versatile and sophisticated, they can be
dressed up or down, which means they can take you from daytime to night in a pinch. The finishing touches for this look were the silver hooped earrings (an interesting
alternative to gold), a turtle pendant (definitely a favourite, as it came all the way from Bali), a contrasting pattern via the polka-dotted bag (when clashing prints, stick to the same colour base) and fishnet ankle socks with pearl detailing. Classic white kitten heels with a twist brought the look together, whilst some hair braids softened the serious feel to the outfit by turning up the playful mode.
3RD LOOK: PRINTS AND LOUD COLOURS –
INSPIRED BY CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
When visiting South Africa, one cannot help but notice and be stunned by the vivid colours. Yellow and blue predominate which is why a brushed blue vintage oversized denim jacket was the garment to lay over this shirt-like belted asymmetrical full skirt,
which is made from the lightest cotton. A printed tee like this is perfect to herald the summer season, which is also heightened by the wooden ark bag (very typical of summer looks and rendered famous by the LA-based brand Cult Gaia). To complement the
South African reference, the beaded accessories were purchased whilst on a trip to this amazing continent two years ago. The bracelet indeed showcases the South African flag, although truth be told the necklace is actually from Swaziland (this too bears their flag). Leather babouche-style shoes were the practical choice of footwear that blended in with the colour scheme of the look and with the skirt’s design.
4TH LOOK: SILKY FLORALS AND WOOD –
INSPIRED BY VENICE BEACH, LOS ANGELES
One of the most beautiful streets in Los Angeles is a row of houses facing a canal in Venice beach. All the colours and patterns in this jumpsuit can be found in such a street, which is why the inspiration was this particular area in La La Land. Jumpsuits are the easiest
thing to slink in and pull off during the torrid summer season. This one in particular is made of the lightest material, very silk-like and not heavy at all. This is key when selecting jumpsuits. This one also boasts an open back (although not visible here) which is perfect
for that evening breeze to waft through. Similar to the ark bag, this look necessitated a more summer oriented holdall in the shape of this rattan boho bag (which you will find almost everywhere this summer). Slightly less summery but perfect for in-between
seasons is this punchy pair of red sock boots that take the shape of your feet without them feeling sticky or hot. These come with kitten heels which, love them or hate them, makes for the right length of heel for anyone not wanting to compromise either style or comfort.
5TH LOOK: BLACK AND WHITE – INSPIRED BY THE
FRENCH RIVIERA (AND JACKIE O)
If anyone knows me well, then it is quite obvious that somewhere or other there will be a black-and-white combo. This was very interesting to create as it not the type of dress I opt for usually. So I took this plain silky slip dress and wore a black and white tee underneath (from designer Marco Parascandalo, from his very first collection), cinched in the waist with a western-style belt, and layered on this rather refined-looking blazer. What I loved about this when I saw it was how the tropical leaves looked so sharp and graphic, which create a very unique effect for a white blazer. Once again, there was an attempt at mixing patterns which came through the polka dotted fishnet tights, allowing the block heels to slide in more comfortably. Closing off the look were some accoutrements such as the cap toe beige
and black heels, an office bag (great for carrying all the bits and bobs needed during fashion week), a statement watch to break the colour, and understated jewellery. The advantage of having a black-and-white colour palette is that you can add more pieces without it looking overloaded.
Final note: Although it has been stated that there was some experimentation in the looks created, all of them can be easily worn on the regular. They are not exaggerated or over-the-top, but in their structured feel and interesting twists, the effect was successful,
as evident from the comments received. While it is true that the mantra ‘Go bold or go home’ might apply for styling choices during fashion week, in real life it is more useful to have go-to outfits that can be reworked in various ways, which brings one back full circle to the first three words of this article. Do experiment and be creative, but choosing versatile pieces for your wardrobe will allow you to be more organised, structured, and even lead to you make sustainable fashion choices.
Credits: All photos are courtesy of Justin Ciappara (jci apparel photography); hair and makeup looks all done by writer except for the 4th look (hairstyle created by Althea Tanti at Mirror Mirror Salon).
STEPHANIE XERRI AGIUS
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