29 September 2009

Keeping Cosy in the Cold


Tim Hamilton
Fall '09 Collection

Today was my first day back at University since what seems like a lifetime ago. It was all a rather surreal experience in truth, more akin to waking from a dream only to wonder whether you are actually awake yet. To be honest I was not feeling my best and desired nothing more than to curl up in bed with a wool blanket and sleep. I did however make do with a reasonably comfortable outfit with a thick woolen cardigan and corduroy trousers. I tend to have two somewhat opposing notions of clothing for when I may feel slightly under the weather, either keeping it comfortable and traditional, or else dressing up with perhaps a little splash of colour.

I realise that the Spring 2010 shows are abuzz in the fashion world, but I would be most pleased if you would allow me to step back a season. Think of it as going back in fashion time as opposed to real, and cast your eyes over the Fall '09 collection by Tim Hamilton. For whatever odd reason Hamilton has always been one of those designers whose collection I fall in love with time after time, yet upon recollection will often slip my mind.

This collection from my perspective is perhaps a more readily accessible aesthetic from the darker looking winter collections. Indeed in comparison to the the post-apocalyptic inspired, darkly romantic looks I have posted in the past, these looks are most definitely tuned down. In truth what I was first attracted to in the collection were the zipped boots and trouser combinations. In particular I find the thicker sportswear looking trousers quite appealing. Ranging from cuts similar to leggings, to the drop crotched, I find them to be alluring in light of the imminent cooler weather. The inclusion of the jet pockets and tapered ankles really allow for a certain versatility, which from a purely design perspective is quite interesting. One could certainly take the pick of cuts depending on personal tastes.

The use of various weight wools and cottons, employed in a number of darker hues, has a very warm feel to it. I think that the fact that the looks are presented as so polished is quite odd when one considers how cosy, for want of a better word, the looks are. I suppose it is perhaps my idea of comfortable clothing being rather traditional and somewhat rough around the edges, such as flannel suits, plaid shirts and soft leather boots. I enjoy the fact that the collection makes me think, and whilst looks such as the fur lined flight jacket paired with drop crotch trousers may be a tad too far even for me, the majority of the looks have an undeniable charm.

Currently playing: High Noon - DJ Shadow

xxxx

40 comments:

  1. love these fabulous fall looks!

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  2. That is indeed a cosy, comforting collection. And I love the boots! Best of luck with the new school year dear, mine starts on Thursday! x

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  3. the fur-lined jacket is the stand out for me

    I would have it with blue jeans or even Courdroys to soften things a little

    and I think it would look best if done up, so that the fur lining was hinted at but not flaunted so.

    it's all tough

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  4. I can wear them...really!
    All the best with school dear~
    xo*

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  5. BANANAS, I like....

    Good luck back at University hon! You're brainy, you'll do great;D

    Xx

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  6. love the clean, effortless chic look. I think a nice black jacket would go well in my guy's closet!

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  7. Wishing you the best of luck with your new school year!

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  8. ahhhhh! i would love it if my future boyfriend dressed like this!

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  9. i like the fourth look :)

    thanks, i had a great day, hope you too?! :)

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  10. good luck with uni. i love cosy clothes.

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  11. The clothing and styling is awesome. Welcome back to university life ;) Send some cold weather this way please!

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  12. Completely agree with you on these. It has a warm and wearable look while still being stylish. Sometimes I think design can get too avant garde. In menswear in particular the wearer ends up looking silly rather than fashion forward. These pieces perfectly walk the line of trend and wearability.

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  13. so fabulous! in seperates, so wearable!!!

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  14. These are fabulous - that little blue cardi - my, my, my! I wouldn't mind any of these actually - sometimes I think boy clothes are better than girl clothes!!

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  15. Oh what well dressed men :) I especially like the striped shirt.

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  16. im a sucker for a DB jacket.
    congratulations on going back to school!!!! i need to get myself together and go too!
    i too like to look at the collections during their actual season. im not a fan of the editors, celebrities, etc... wearing stuff hot of next season's runway. it's gotten too carried away i feel.

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  17. Amazing clothes. Fab and cozy. Two pluses :)

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  18. Charming indeed. I know what you mean about wanting to hibernate in cozy woolens or dress up with colour when you don't feel your best - it's either find comfort in actually being comfortable or dress up as you wish you felt and then let everything else follow! Like a bright yellow mac on a rainy day.

    Hope it's a good week settling back into uni!

    Denise ♥

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  19. I just happened upon your blog- and I must say, its AMAZING!
    Keep up the amazing work lovely!

    xoxo

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  20. Those fitted pants or harem pants on those models are really beautiful !

    Yes yes,guys too can wear harem pants and should:)
    And are you planning on cutting your hair even shorter ?

    Think it'll look great on you. Ohhhhh,and have fun back in Uni !

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  21. happy its not gonna be the shaved head look..you can do it. interesting about the pants in the boots look. my friend is really into the neck beard look..he's so happy that 'cappy' has this look on GREEK (an abc family show) He's gone from Jim's look at the OFFICE to well, laid back look...as if you slept in those clothes..and he probably did.

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  22. really, so upbeat, and jazzy. very cool.

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  23. These are all amazing. I really love the third one. I hope you will have a fantastic week. Cheers!

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  24. i love love love love this collection! i just want to touch the fabrics, they look so wearable and comfortable. the boots are really nice, as is the double-breasted blazer. DEFINITELY your next haircut, i love it.

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  25. This collection is quite, well, dapper! I'm really liking the Peter Pan collars and that cardy as well on men!

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  26. I want to dress the hubs up in that last look. Fabulous.

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  27. YES. That definitely needs to be your next haircut. It is 100% fabbbbb. You should also snap up one of those shearling & leather coats. It's like Air Force meets Diddy. Loves it.

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  28. I'm loving the shirts buttoned all the way to the top. I'm going to have to try that.

    I go back to university tomorrow, too. No more sleeping in :(

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  29. Yes to your next hair cut, it's perfect!

    You have great taste, all these outfits look fantastic! Though I have my reservations on harem pants, it's such a difficult look to pull off, well for me personally:)

    Added you to my blog roll, dear!

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  30. mm, most definitely! the hair cut that is. love the stripey knit too. it would look great on you.

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  31. I love menswear for Fall, so excited!

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  32. The boots are the perfect touch, keeping these trousers from looking too neat or professional. I would love to see my guy in them.

    I would also love to see you in that haircut, DK.

    (I hope you're feeling rested and a bit better.)

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    Thanks

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