1 May 2009

The Wild Child


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I shall not speak, I shall think about nothing:
But endless love will mount in my soul,
And I shall travel far, very far...

Sensation by Arthur Rimbaud (March 1870)


Once the sun is no longer obscured by cloud, once the flowers have begun to blossom yet again after their long slumber, and once the birds have returned to singing their cheerful morning songs, my thoughts shall always turn to the idea of travel and how one should dress for spring.

Whether it be travelling to the park to enjoy the long stretches of grass and majestic trees, now able to take pride in their flourishing appearance, or if one is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel across a foreign land; there is a beautiful sense of freedom that comes with the months of spring and summer. Yet equally there is usually a vast contrast between the fashions sported on the streets or across the grass.

If one were ask a number of people how they dress for warmer months or indeed travel, the majority would answer that their priorities are of comfort and functionality. It would seem that many are either content to immediately strip down for spring, or rather diametrically, deck themselves out in rainproof gear, or sporting the lighter of their winter coats.

With the fickle nature of the weather during spring, I am personally always drawn the simple answer of layering. One is able to keep warm and dry during the light showers and cool winds, yet one is equally able to enjoy the warmth and sunshine without overheating. Dressing during the in-between seasons can be a far more enjoyable and rewarding experience due to the inherent creativity that one must adopt.

One of my personal favourite springtime collections has to be the Spring '07 offerings from Ann Demeulemeester. The single word that I come up with for the collection is invariably of it being romantic. There was the beautiful layering of flowing shirts, waistcoats upon waistcoats, and asymmetrical jackets, all maintaining a well fitted yet creatively draped aesthetic. The pieces had an odd sense of formal elegance, in spite of their more casual display. Indeed it seemed as if the models could have easily arrived after having travelled through a series of variated settings.

The collection told a story, and indeed therein lied one of its great strengths. Perhaps the characters had begun their adventure, having spent the previous day at a rather formal affair. Their garments would have been buttoned up and their looks polished. Decorated with their long strings of pearls, they would have spent the evening conversing lightly over an exquisite banquet and used the late hours of night to bond over music and dancing.

Late the following morning, they had emerged sleepy eyed and groggy, to walk out into the blazing sunshine, which had immediately shocked their pupils into restriction. According to Demeulemeester many may have even foraged through the woods, with their adornments of feathers and twigs hanging equally alongside the glistening pearls. Perhaps they took to an easy day of adventures in the forest, undoing their buttons in the heat, and allowing their shirt tails to flutter in the breeze. Effortlessly cool yet elegant.

Apologies for the delay in getting back to all of your wonderful blogs, I shall try to visit as soon as possible. Many thanks for all of your continued wonderful comments!

Currently playing: Wander - Seeland

xxxx

33 comments:

  1. So well written! Adore Demeulemeester & her version of modern romaticism... ~XO*

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  2. i love this quote:
    I shall not speak, I shall think about nothing:
    But endless love will mount in my soul, And I shall travel far, very far...

    a lot of eye candy you got there too!

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  3. Such a great post! I love Ann D! So modern romantic. I agreeeee!

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. wow i LOVE these looks. the layering is beyond perfection.

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  5. What a well written post, hun!
    (Especially for me a no english spoken it's with posts like yours that I'm learning every time)

    Great looks with many layerings.

    xoxo

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  6. gah! your writing is beautiful! why are you not published??

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  7. As a complete fan of layering, I couldn't agree more and it's what I love about fickle weather the most. I've always admired Ann D for designing the most versatile, romantic but also edgy pieces. I remember loving those pinstripes - the cut, layering and stripes are such a great combination of casual and chic.

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  8. very well written my dear! i love the layerings!

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  10. I love romantic clothes.
    The quote at the beginning is beautiful!

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  11. Demeulemeester never ceases to impress.

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  12. That quote is so cute :) The pictures are so great, as always!
    btw, I love your profile picture ^^

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  13. Perhaps even hopelessly romantic...some nice tails..hehehe..

    thanks for the note. Well, I'm winding down this bit of the story and hopefully won't confuse readers ..by fusing it with my other blog..but there's still more to get to... that I hope I get to..somehow, perhaps readers might want to know what happens. It just wouldn't be prom without a little drama.

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  14. You're quite right about layers. It's so fun, spring is basically the reverse of fall, but in fall I look forward to layers and in spring I just want to cast everything off!

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  15. You are a fab fashion writer:)
    have a great weekend!

    xoxo,
    Gia!

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  16. Love, may I ask why you don't publish your writings somewhere? The mere way you use such a delicate tone and flawless phrasing makes me jealous. Hahah

    During springtime I typically use layering, also. You can never tell how the weather is going to be in my part of the US this time of year, so I usually go with the "rather safe than sorry" rule :P

    l,
    Hannah

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  17. Gawd your writing is beautiful, DK! Love what you said about the sense of freedom the new season imbues...

    This collection IS fabulous - love those asymmetric jackets so!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  18. Loving the tailoring...those jackets really are beautiful!

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  19. Also...haha thanks for sharing that joke :) They are definitely Christmas cracker worthy!

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  20. I love the models featured in this collection! Their hair is perfect for the clothes. I adore your wonderful writing! xxoxoxo

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  21. the models dont look it, but the clothes reflect something like "i went to a really posh dinner yesterday and then the after party was so hectic im too hungover to really explain or care"

    i love how that hand is on the chest in that last one. its like someone muddy shoved him :)

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  22. echoing the comments above, I love your blog! It's very well written.

    comparing your blog to mine, your's is probably cooler to the power of ten. haha!

    crystal x
    http://snazzymagic.blogspot.com/

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  23. You always have fabulous writing! I love this collection. Have you seen the Wild Child movie? A french one that was made like 30 years ago? It's very interesting.

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  24. You are such a beautiful writer...the feeling of spring was washing over me as I read---so amazing!

    As for that collection---LOVE the layering---I went to Ireland last year and it was cold, warm, cold, cool, tepid, etc. I reveled in the opportunity to layer, as I love it so much! Great post!

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  25. I agree, it is always so hot in Singapore that sometimes I find myself not being bothered about how I dress anymore!

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  26. Great collection. I love the jacket in the very first image.

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  27. Spring and travel dressing. I think last year was the first time I almost managed 'packing light' haha

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  28. Some very cool trends..and comfortable too.

    Thanks for the note.

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  29. that first image acts likes glue once it enters the mind.

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