11 July 2009

Mort Rainey Would Approve


It seems to be a typical British Summer this year. What with a tantalisingly few and short lived days of wonderful sunshine, followed by the inevitable thick cover of dark clouds and oddly warm rain. Indeed my thoughts have turned from dressing to keep cool, to the beautiful idea of layering. I have to admit that I adore dressing for the in between seasons (i.e. Spring and Autumn), due to the endless versatility and chances to experiment inherent in the seasonally required layering.

Thinking about the concept of Summer layering, my thoughts turned to various Spring collections, now past, seeking out looks to fit in with my current wishlist. I quickly went back to the Spring 2007 collection by Takahiro Miyashita for his label Number (N)ine. The effortlessly cool and casual layering seems to be perfect for the current weather, and indeed the romantic style of the collection is somewhat more than appealing. The soft and faded finishes employed within the collection were the perfect accompaniment to retiring to the welcome shade of cool late summer's days following weeks out exploring in the sunshine.

In terms of construction, I was fascinated by the treatment of the fabrics used for the garments, which allowed for a very relaxed and soft finish. The use of washed and painted leather, creased and faded cottons, and even well worn, flocked denim gave the garments a comfortably lived in and aged feel. Indeed this was helped by the colour palette of light earthy tones, often contrasted by deep hues of blue. The lighter looks, often paired with faded blues and off whites certainly seemed a fantastic choice for summer.

The layering was masterfully executed, with vests, t-shirts, shirts, waistcoats and jackets all working together to create a rich and complex visual depth. The inner garments peeked over the top of the often unbuttoned outer pieces displaying the potential versatility both of the looks and the individual garments themselves. Although the silhouettes were somewhat relaxed and casual, the inner pieces maintained fitted and slouchy, which when paired with the billowy shirts, or long jackets, gave a wonderful and well thought out contrast in fits.

The trousers were for the most parts slim without being constrictive, and indeed they worked beautifully against the somewhat slouchy fitted uppers. Again showing versatility of skill, one does however note the looser cut jeans and tan trousers, which worked equally well for the looks. Although the leather boots may have been rather heavier than most would opt for in the warmer months, the suedes and light leathers actually helped finish the looks, where other footwear may not have been so appropriate. There was the romantic feel of an explorer in the choice of boots. Indeed, one that was helped by the accessory options of the hats and wrap around scarves.

A masterfully layered and beautifully faded and worn collection, the looks were definitely cool, and somehow oddly romantic. I feel that they would work perfectly for the Summer weather we seem to be having here in London as of late. And indeed, given the opportunity, these would be looks that I would happily wear on into the autumnal months.

Currently playing: The Killing - Secret Window OST

xxxx

54 comments:

  1. Summer layering.. not something that works here in Texas when the temperature is rarely below 100. It's nice to think about though.

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  2. so natural...so chic...so classy...so perfection...so YUMMY

    XoXO

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  3. ahhh fifth and sixth boy is adoring! I love the style. Very sassy and classy and the same time. I love it!

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  4. omg that menswears is so fantactic!!!! the male models looks like characters for once!!!
    thx for posting this!

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  5. Lovely pics for this post! I always enjoy reading your blog!

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  6. All these guys look hot!!! Love the layering, esp. when it's not too hot out!

    liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

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  7. yep yep its all sort of indiana jones meets a pirate meets adam ant...which is fine by me.

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  8. I love those outfits!

    xx

    www.inspirations.co.nr

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  9. it has been the typical brit summer. short lived days of intense sun and then rain non stop.no fun!
    Love the styling, it is so johnny depp
    Hope your having a good wknd
    xx
    Marian

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  10. I would approve too (;

    I do feel as if menswear collections have formed their own entity, separate from womenswear (if that makes sense?) now; this season's shows for menswear were brilliant!

    And thank you so much darling; I sent you an email!

    bisous,
    La C.

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  11. I absolutely love summer layering. I live in a portion of the states where I can't do it excessively, but to do it just enough to get the right look is lovely and I try to do it often.
    I really like all of the outfits - each would catch your eye, yet you would still end up approving of them.

    xo,
    hk

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  12. Just discovered your blog... and I really like it. The pictures are lovely and it's very interesting to read through. I'll surely keep an eye around here!

    C.Elizabeth

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  13. d rain certainly gives u a chance to layer, interesting to see how a 07 collection is still somewhat useful in 09..

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  14. I really love this collection! The clothes look very light and breezy yet so comfortable and chic! xxoxoox

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  15. fantastique!!! i like -- very much!!!!

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  16. The layering in this collection is too good! It's been a bit cloudy and rainy around here, too, so I've been pulling out sweaters and vests and such, which is nice, since I've missed them in the heat.

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  17. The Mort look..its so true! That was a great movie.

    oh, and im in Virginia. Thanks! :)

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  18. great review of the collection .
    ilove the worn in look . i am so in agreement with everything you said, and the male models are gorgeous

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  19. The first thing I thought when I saw this was Johnny Depp, haha great minds think alike ;)

    I love these so much, the layering is superbly done and I love the accessories so much!

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  20. stunning good collection. i would wear it all even though i'm a girl.
    the model from the first and last picture looks totally like johnny depp... i like it.

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  21. I love the classic colours used yet its so laid back and cool.
    I also love dressing for the in between season, yet adore the ice cold winters!

    xx

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  22. I love trench coats, esp on men! ;) ahhh lovely!

    - Thanks for your comment dear! E-mail me your details so I can send your postcard off k! x

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  23. Fatastic. The true definition of summer layering indeed. And I love the versatility and unisex appeal to the garmets. I would wear it all!

    New inspiration has certainly hit.

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  24. So amazing good! Great selection! Remind me on Jonny Depp!

    FM~FP~AF

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  25. wow really love this collection! The first outfit is defiantly Johnny Depp inspired

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  26. it's rare for boy to have a fashion blog...
    and u... such as an awesome person!
    i love ur taste of fashion!

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  27. Something about this has that wild west appeal. Love the boots!

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  28. I hadn't thought those hat were new at all. There is just something so manly about this.

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  29. The definition of "COOL"!

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  30. Stylish !!!!!!



    Jolliieessss!!!!!!

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  31. amazing mens looks!
    i loved.

    xxx

    http://naoqueropastiche.blogspot.com

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  32. i love them layering the outfits! :)) well, they're sort of sexy as well!

    xx

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  33. Great outfits. They really do look like something that Mort Rainey would wear, as well as Johnny Depp himself.

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  34. Summer layering done amazingly...I love the boots and of course the scarves.


    (you'll have to tell me how your undercover mission works out! haha!) XO

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  35. what is with this weather? i'm also definitely a spring/autumn kinda gal!

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  36. i'm in love with both the men as much as the clothes. 1st, 2nd, 7th, 10th and 11th...yes please. haha
    x
    www.tittees.blogspot.com

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  37. There's not much summer laying going on in the hot and humid weather of North Carolina. These are still really cool. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

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  38. You have such a wonderful writing style. Your descriptions are right on!

    The great thing about quality past collections is that you can see yourself in them years after. They are almost timeless.

    I really like this collection. Thanks for sharing.

    x

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  39. I know tell me about it. The weather sucks but it was actually nice today...but you can never count on it lasting. Love the layering in Miyashita's collection...

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  40. I know tell me about it. The weather sucks but it was actually nice today...but you can never count on it lasting. Love the layering in Miyashita's collection...

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  41. A little too hot for summer layering where I am but absolutely love these looks! I just saw the movie Cheri' with the fab Rupert Friend who easily could pull these off!

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  42. Secret Window is one of my favorite movies =]

    I can totally see Mort Rainey rocking any of these =]

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  43. Secret Window is one of my favorite movies =]

    I can totally see Mort Rainey rocking any of these =]

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  44. Feels very Johnny Depp to me :)
    I hope you had a fabulous weekend, I was away for a couple of days. Missed your blog :)
    xx Ela

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  45. Ah I love the layering. Some men cant even wear simple clothes well! =x

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  46. These looks are so hip! I love layering as well - scarves are key with tanks for me!

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  47. Dig this collection and the layering effects. I'm not a huge fan of the tan pieces though.. or the tan boots. I prefer the darker pieces and boots for sure. Nonetheless, to me, these looks scream hip and rocker chic. And for that, I love it! :) Another great review!

    xo, Becs

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  48. Not even in Australia's cooler climates like Tasmania would layering work during the summer months. I'm still bereft over the closure of Number (N)ine.

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