26 May 2009

Back To College

Images via Selectism

One of the things I find so interesting about the global fashion market is the inevitable reconceptualisation of foreign fashion staples. A designer can take a look that ostensibly defines an entire location, a certain group of people, or an age, and carefully translate it via the personal visual language of their own aesthetic. It is the redefinition of looks by a designer, and the discovery of its contemporary self, that I find deeply fascinating.

Indeed London based designer, Dexter Wong did exactly that for his latest Fall '09 collection for People's Market. The collection was a visually complex array of more classically American styles redefined for a more European look. Indeed whilst I have a love for the traditional designs and the staple classics of American fashion history, obviously seen from an British viewpoint, I have always felt that to wear certain looks without adaptation would constitute almost as costume.

There is an allure to the more traditional outfits, that I would assume go by vastly unnoticed in their setting, that I find would be exciting as a display on London streets. The important distinction between costume and a ready to wear look however, is the adaption of its style to make it relevant. Taking a raw product and moulding it to one's own style and aesthetic inherently allows it to look better in its outcome. As such I feel a clear appeal from the People's Market collection, in that the outfits have been reworked to a more contemporary look.

The obvious question here would be one of how the collection manages to feel more modern, and indeed more European, if you will. The answer is, as seems to be the case for most fashions, a case of the fit. Creating a far more slimline and fitted silhouette, allowed the looks a certain contemporary appeal. I found it interesting to see that the top layering, with pieces such as the shearling jacket and fur-lined cardigan, managed to remain looking fitted and far from bulky in their silhouette. Indeed, the finer, more high end fabric choices, in actuality allowed for a far more fitted construction.

I was also interested by the styling of pieces such as the buffalo plaid jacket, with the fine stripe cotton shirt and thin red bow. Indeed the bow ties found in this collection were far from the formal norm, being casual and yet classic in their interpretation. Not only does the collection feature these smaller pieces of visual flair, there is also a richness and visual depth to each of the looks. One notes the Fair Isle patterning adorning some of the looks, or the depth and almost tactile quality to the pairing of lighter weight fabrics alongside the shearling and furs.

The looks are also decidedly modern in their employment of more youthful garment designs. The full zip hoodie provided a more streetwear feel, the slimmer baseball jacket gave a clear youthful nature, whilst the slimmer cut jeans and trousers spoke for themselves. I must admit that I am myself rather drawn towards the outerwear pieces, in particular the baseball jacket. I suppose it is a British allure of rarely seeing that type of garment in person.

The collection as a whole had a definite appeal, in its modern and more youthful interpretation of classic design pieces. I found that the mix of international designs within the collection, from the American baseball jacket to the Scottish Fair Isle print, fit well together and that Wong managed to give a clear and concise message throughout. The fitted constructions and the visual richness of the patterns and textures made for an interesting collection.

Currently playing: Love And Happiness - Al Green

xxxx

43 comments:

  1. okay, first picture is effin smoking!

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  2. these are fabulous pieces...especially those hooded sweatshirts with fur! oh and love the song :)

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  3. Fascinating. Do you think you'll interpret some of these looks on your own terms, then?

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  4. J'adore college outfits! :) GReat choice!

    X♥X♥

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  5. I like the schoollook! Nice pictures!

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  6. vote for The seeker on minisaia.blogspot

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  7. i wish ALL men dressed...in fact looked like this arghh

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  8. You're right, the subtle changes in the traditional garments make them more edgy and up to date. Love the look of the fir lined cardigan!

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  9. You're noticing a lot of more details than I do! The clothes become much more interesting after I have read your text, because I am seeing more details than before I read it. If you understand ^^
    The fur jackets are simply amazing!

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    Thank you so much for the award! :o I'm so surprised and happy right now, haha :-D Thanks a lot! <3

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  10. Awesome pic's!!

    ( Seriously, you can't imagine how happy I am with the award!!) (altough I can't find it, stupid me!)
    (Oooooh, I sooo happy!!! Happyhappyhappy!!)
    hihi
    Thankuuu!!

    xx

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  11. The hair and the glasses are PERFECTION! Ah!

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  12. You are so right about what makes these americanisms more European. The cut makes such a difference. I remember going to Europe for the first time years ago, and all my clothes were voluminous (in the wrong places) compared to what the Europeans wore.

    The third photo's styling I find compelling. I want to try to do something similar!

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  13. I love the Sherpa/plaid/lumber jacket in picture # 2. :)

    Back-to-School shopping was always my favorite part of going back to class lol. ;)

    Thanks for the comment, those toys sound tight.



    x

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  14. usually menswear is so serious and so structured but i love this line because it does have a more wearable feel.

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  15. Love that detail on the coat sleeve...wonder if it's printed or embroidery?! Anyhooo, this collecton is quite Fab! Great new week DP!! XO*

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  16. I like the collection a lot! Very youthful, energetic, sporty and preppy. The styling is perfection! xxoxoxoo

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  17. Great post. I agree with what you were saying about the plaid jacket with the striped button down. It looks great together.

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  18. I'm in love with that plaid shearling coat; the deep red color and the comfy shearling is so reminescent of a Canadian winter and yet that tailored look makes it seem fresh and European. Very nice review.

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  19. These are so great!I like a more youthful feel- but if only college boys dressed like this lol. They're more prone to t-shirts and ugly baggy jeans.

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  20. I heart ppl's mkt, wong is brilliant too :o]

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  21. Love this review and the selection of pics... the more European, fitted silhouette is far preferable, and these looks showcase it fabulously!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  22. Loving that red plaid jacket <3

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  23. Hoodies with fur...loving it. This is a very interesting collection-at first glance I thought "abercrombie" but not so much haha!

    Love and Happiness is one of my fav songs ever...going to my itunes NOW :)

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  24. I'll admit, I skipped over a couple of things in your post, but overall, I agree. Wong did a great job combining the Americana styles along with European familiarities. If I was a guy I'd wear the looks you posted.

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  25. i love all photos!
    they really are good inspiration!

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  26. gotta love that plaid jacket. & well I have a feeling that model could wear anything and make it cool.

    thanks for the note.

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  27. prep meets badass?!
    mmm... i like!

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  28. The bow ties were my favorite detail throughout as well.
    I wonder how well anyone of any culture can interpret that culture...everything has to be simplified and limited to a single viewpoint that can't express everything.

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  29. oooooo I just found a letterman jacket at a vintage shop...reminds me of the first photo... I luv it.


    Xo
    Metra
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    http://lustluv.blogspot.com

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  30. Great photos. I love this look. It looks amazing. I hope you are having a good week.

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  31. wow love your new header !
    love the depp inspiration too ;)
    Boubouteatime xx

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  32. I like this style... and I really like reading your texts, it's more intresting than just looking at the pictures alone.
    I put you @ my link list!

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  33. i love the second to last picture. sexy, sexy. great blog!

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  34. Wow these are great! I love the combination of style in here, although the American feel is stronger I think;)

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  35. I really like your blog & style :)

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  36. I love the first 2. But Maybe that's b/c i don't see the pants. Sigh. I just can't get into tight pants on a man...but power ON! This of course must be the winter line. Interesting always to know what everyone will be wearing...now I wonder what guys will be wearing here (in America). Keep it sexy. Cya.

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  37. Oh, I could see you in that hoodie!

    Great stuff!

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  38. agree. ex. had my hair cut last night, made me cry, cause i have the barcelona mullet from '05!
    this cut embodies a whole nation, a time a culture.

    *bisous*

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  39. Love this collection, and another great review. Why can't more guys dress like this?! Love the model's pose in the fourth pic!

    xo, Becs

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  40. I love this college style. I've always wanted one of those jackets with a collage name written on the back :) I have one from Cambridge which I adore!

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