Whilst all the shops are currently in Paris, busily buying for the Summer 2018 season, (at least for their menswear collections, although so many designers show men’s and women’s collections nowadays) we on the other hand are just about to hit the beach for the glorious SS17 season, and to add to the excitement, the summer sales are just about to start.
So, with the sales in might, now is a good time to start pondering on what is worth picking up from the sales, to get a head start in September.
The summer sales always offer up a fabulous opportunity to pick up designer labels which would be otherwise well over price limit. But, a word of warning; before rushing into any rash purchases, think towards the future wearability of each piece you are thinking of investing in, and have a principal goal in mind for exactly what you’re looking to buy. Very often, rushed summer purchases end up stuck hanging in the wardrobe untouched forever, just as they hung, unworn on the rails of your favourite shop or online store.
I think there are two trends that I am going to bargain hunt for in the sales. One is going to be the all denim jumpsuit or boiler suit; and the other will be polka dots.
So, let’s start with the denim jumpsuit or boiler suit. Thinking back, I guess I’ve had my eye on the denim jumpsuit since I first laid eyes on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s mono blue collection for Dior FW17. Topped with a beret, the look was smart but still utilitarian, and very feminine, while still maintaining a genderless air. In only her second RTW season for the Maison, the designer built her winter collection on the appeal of the colour blue. Of course, this is Dior and every decision has a style-related motivation. In this case, Chiuri took her inspiration from a Dior quote in ‘The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman’, which reads: “Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities.”
By the way, ‘The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman’ is an amazing book, and should be an absolute staple on every fashionista’s dressing table. It's full of glorious, very down to earth quotes like: “As far as fashion is concerned, there are only two ages – girlhood and womanhood.” Of course, Dior knows that there are also grandmothers, but their point is that it is not necessary to dress like a grandmother, especially if you have a certain kind of figure and lead a certain kind of life.
But back to the boiler suit. Although I wouldn't say no if I found one in a navy blue, I would prefer to go for a paler hue. Perhaps something in a soft denim, a little loose and definitely with a tie belt.
And as for the polka dots, well when have they ever been out of fashion as it were, but for this winter it wasn't the screaming loud Yayoi Kusama style polka dots, but a more traditionally feminine style, in muted colours instead of the more flamboyant spotted varieties.
I would without doubt look for something with a 1930's or 40's vibe, like the polka dots seen on Katherine Hepburn or Hedy Lamar. I would also stick to monochrome black and white, as seen in Balenciaga, Gucci and Zac Posen. Rather than limiting your polka dots to dresses, I would diversify and also look at polka dot trousers, blouses and even accessories, but always in black and white, small dots and ultra-feminine. Happy hunting!
Article appeared first in La Provincia 30th june 2017