Thursday, March 14, 2013

taking on texture

As cooler weather threatens (theoretically, if not physically) autumn/winter fashion emerges with a visible increase in textures. Three textures are reigning the pre-fall products, offerings such as baroque, quilting and mixed materials such as leather and denim on previously single-fabric items (think leather lapels or denim sleeves on a cotton blazer).

So what’s the deal with texture?

Cooler seasons allow us to layer up and worry less about bulky fabrics on our lovely summer bodies. This makes it an ideal time for designers to add warmth and texture into garments. This doesn’t mean I give anyone license to wear a puffa vest, but you may want to think about stylish and sensible textures that add depth and warmth to your outfit.

ASOS pants


Baroque started to come in at the end of winter 2012 and I ignored its presence for a couple of reasons. 1) throw-back fabrics like this don’t usually last the distance and 2) who wants to look like estate house upholstery. While it oozes sumptuousness and wealth with the addition of gold threading and filigree designs, the fabrics tend to be thick and stiff – just like the stuff you find in curtains and couch coverings – which is where they belong. If you’re going to do it I would suggest a baroque cigarette leg pant, smoking slippers or heels, with a crisp white t-shirt and blazer combo to keep it simple up top. Make it modern.


Glassons quilted skirt
Quilting is a tricky one to pull off because the thickness of the material will add bulk to your frame. I did see a cute quilted ‘leather’ skirt at Glassons yesterday that caught my eye, but I’d want to wear it with light coloured stockings or bare legs to stop from losing the texture with black on black tights. Quilted jackets are only for those of us who don’t have to worry about adding kilos onto our frames. Broad shoulders, big boobs, or thick waists are going to make a quilted jacket bring the rest of you out to that biggest point. Again, it’s thick and fairly stiff material, so it’s not a curvy girl’s friend. It might look great on the hanger, or on the size 6 in the picture, but check it out in the mirror before you decide to jump on this bandwagon. If you can’t pull it off on your body, go for a cute quilted bag. This way you can enjoy the trend without doing your figure any injustice.

Note: Puffa jackets/vests are not part of this ‘fashion’. They are a plague to the sartorially sensitive. They belong in Antarctica. Not Lambton Quay.


Woollen sleeves on a denim jacket. Leather lapels on a cotton blazer. Panelled pants and leggings. Mixing materials is a fun way to update an old design and you can expect to see a lot of it over winter. We saw alot of contrast sleeves last year and it's another way to colour block within a single garment. I don’t have too much to say about this really. It’s inoffensive in most cases.

Also be warned that double denim is back. I’ve never been a fan of denim jackets. Hated mine as a kid in the early 90s and that has stayed with me since. Some people look great in them, but I just find them restrictive and boxy. Denim for me is for jeans. But you’ll be seeing dungarees, pinafores, vests and jackets before the first frost settles. Mostly on the younger ones that don’t know any better.


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