Nothing screams summer more than stripes. Flattering is always the first thingthat comes to mind when I think about stripes, followed swiftly by the full-on waves of horror as I remember my image consultant teachers trying to temper my creativity, while I played around with horizontal vertical lines on pockets,sleeves and necklines.
But the one thing that has always stuck with me when it comes to stripes, is the fact that because we read left to right, we are always looking for the calm of a horizontal line. That is where the eye goes first. After that, we should be free to just play.
This summer, the stripe trends are all about stripes-on-stripes, or a mish-mash of stripes like a graphic collage. For Summer 2017 fantastic combinations of all our favourite styles were seen on Proenza Schouler New York , where the design duo jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernández who had stripes in woven leather, striped peplum blazers and clingy striped rib dresses . Sonia Rykiel also uses all stripe combinations possible to create this look in her latest collection. But then, to me, Sonia Rykiel is the queen of the stripe. And just toprove it, almost all of her collections feature stripes somewhere
It was while she was pregnant in 1962 that Sonia Rykiel first turned to design. Maternity wear had previously been designed to conceal the swelling female form, which Rykiel dismissed as “abominable”. So she designed a series of tight sweaters that clung to every curve of her changing baby lump. Later, she reworked the design of the striped sweaters to produce the iconic ‘Poor Boy’ sweater. Which became a total hit when Françoise Hardy wore a striped pink, black and red one on the of Elle Paris in 1963. As they say, the rest is history.
With the return of the pant suit, shirting has become important again. The twist is deconstruction and what better than stripes . Check out Alexander Wang and Off White for shirts, together with my personal favourite Jamie Wei Huang, arethe striping gods for this particular wardrobe piece.
I for one will try and use stripes to give myself that unattainable curve in the waist after all I know If you don't have it you can create it with optical illusions !!
Article taken from my piece on La Provincia 27th May 2017