Fendi Spring/ Summer ’14
As fashion switches, from reality to runway, designers are taking inspiration from our bodies, minds, and lives. The Real Woman is actually the flip side of The Runway Woman, expressed in a dressed-down aesthetic of relaxed tailoring, sensual form, and super-luxe fabric. Easy Chic, as it’s now known, is the style of a forward-thinking independent woman who demands modern 24/7 ensembles for every aspect of her life. The concept of the capsule wardrobe, first created as ‘7 Easy Pieces’ in 1985 by Donna Karan for the career woman and super mother, is making a big comeback now; I’m certainly one who “wears it”.
But it’s not all white shirts and black bodysuits. ‘10 Key Pieces for Spring’ (page 102) presents today’s style essentials, from sculpted crop tops to blue button-downs and minimalist mules, given smart design tweaks to make them fresh propositions. This new brand of laid-back dressing also takes some intelligence and imagination to wear. It’s almost an art form, balancing seriousness with sensuality, enhancing and elongating the body, right down to your precision-cut Gianvito Rossi heels. The labels on your go-to list? The very personifiers of that real woman – Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, and Isabel Marant – and also designers who know exactly what we want to wear – Giambattista Valli, Roland Mouret, and Raf Simons.
This relaxed overture in fashion is embodied by cover model Erin Wasson, who practically created that model-off-duty look at the start of her career 15 years ago with the skater-surfer-girl style that made her the muse of both Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra. Erin is the perfect model for ‘American Beauty’ (page 196) – immaculate Italian tailoring sparked up with a frisson of lingerie-inspired pieces – styled by Kenneth Goh, who then played up the two extremes in fashion with his other shoot, the utterly bonkers ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ (page 176).
This issue also features the four finalists of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 (page 202) in a made-for-TV fashion spread airing this month. Who will win the coveted BAZAAR cover? Tune in to the finals where I am on the judging panel to select Asia’s next face, who is on the cover of our next issue. Watch this space.
Vibrant hues and sparkle for ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ style
Louis Vuitton’s opulent looks get an ‘ Irreverent’ touch
Bag, Jimmy Choo