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We love Unkle Karl, and even though occasionally we may commit the ultimate fash faux pas by questioning what he’s really doing with Chanel and if the he’s really moving the label on, this love still holds true.
As a trend androgyny is never far from the surface of fashion, no matter what frippery is enjoying a renaissance look closely at most collections and you’ll find something androgynous. Vastly more often than not this will be to do with the masculisation of the feminine figure and not the other way round. It’s apparently still not ok for a boy to look like a girl.
Gender politics aside, collections like this are always going to win for me. Tailoring, and great tailoring at that requires the wearer to stand straighter, walk taller, and adopt a more proficient and polished air. This capsule collection by Lagerfeld seems to do just that. The shoulders are slightly different from man to woman, the waist and bust a little bit more fitting, but that’s to do with the shapes beneath than marring a clear design aesthetic.
So I probably won’t be rushing out for the leather or vulcanised trousers above, the look is sharp and clean and everything I like about good tailoring. Or at least from what I can tell from the images. I’d love to see a more masculine version of her shoes, women always get better shoes! Honestly the day Kirkwood does a mens collection is the time myself and my bank manager stop talking all together.
The trench is great, with it’s high military storm collar, apparently thick fabric and decent length it looks perfect for a harsh British winter, or perhaps a Germanic one.
The only downside to this is it really shows why I prefer to do proper wearer trials of pieces. I know full well how styling can make pieces look, and when it comes to pattern cutting and actual wear nothing replaces holding the garments and putting them on. For this keep your eyes peeled on the blog as I hope to do more wearer trials soon.