THE ART OF DRESS­ING

We take a look at fash­ion state­ments — both sub­tle and loud — to see how one can work them to their ad­van­tage

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Contents -

We take a look at fash­ion state­ments — both sub­tle and loud — to see how one can work them to their ad­van­tage

I’m not one to make state­ments. In fact, state­ments elude me. There is no need for it as I en­joy and bask in the warmth of am­bi­gu­ity, blan­keted by com­fort. “What is a state­ment and how do you make one?” I won­der as I pen the open­ing to this ar­ti­cle, mind rac­ing with ques­tions on this topic my Ed­i­tor be­stowed upon me on my first day as fash­ion writer. The an­swer may be much sim­pler than I imag­ine it to be. In the era of so­cial me­dia, peo­ple are con­stantly mak­ing state­ments ev­ery­day; from their OOTDs and its cap­tions com­plete with all-pow­er­ful #hash­tags, to mes­sages sent across with the mere click of a but­ton on their smart­phones.

Just like that, in fash­ion, state­ments come easy. Fash­ion is no stranger to mak­ing state­ments and on this front, de­sign­ers are cer­tainly not averse to do­ing so. Ever so of­ten, we are pep­pered with trend re­ports and fash­ion alerts on how to make th­ese style state­ments. The norm: big, bold and beau­ti­ful; with a serv­ing of sass and cherry of charm­ing wicked­ness. It is in essence, their rai­son d’etre and with baited breath, we rel­ish the mo­ments the de­sign­ers seek to achieve, their mes­sage of the sea­son ac­com­plished. In their ef­forts to make a mem­o­rable af­fair dur­ing fash­ion week, de­sign­ers send state­ment pieces and looks down the run­way ev­ery sea­son. This Fall/Win­ter 2018, the re­vival of Dior’s iconic Sad­dle bag was met with roar­ing en­thu­si­asm while Gucci’s whim­si­cal looks and run­way props lit­er­ally got heads turn­ing. Sim­i­larly, off the run­way, de­sign­ers con­tinue to make state­ments through their cam­paigns. Ex­am­ples in­clude, Dior’s fem­i­nism move­ment seen dur­ing Spring/Sum­mer 2017 and most re­cently, Ba­len­ci­aga’s clev­erly framed Pa­parazzi Spring/Sum­mer 2018 cam­paign.

On the other hand, the art of sub­tlety

is of­ten over­looked as a form of state­ment and when on dis­play, tick­les the hearts and eyes of view­ers in an in­tan­gi­ble way like no other. This, in my view cre­ates a last­ing im­pres­sion. One could ar­gue that the min­i­mal­ist ap­proach is hardly a state­ment, and yet, brands such as Cé­line have suc­cess­fully de­fied the age old for­mula of ‘mak­ing a state­ment equals loud’. Un­der the di­rec­tion of de­signer Phoebe Philo, their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the so­phis­ti­cated, mod­ern woman won the hearts of many. Func­tion­al­ity was at the fore­front; overt brand­ing was out and in its place, re­de­fined lux­ury and ele­gance that was prac­ti­cal and time­less. With savvy shop­pers look­ing for more unique wear­able pieces off the run­way on the rise, the de­mand for sim­ple-yet-im­pact­ful cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories is in­creas­ing. This de­mand is met with a flour­ish of new­com­ers such as Jac­que­mus and ac­ces­sories brand Danse Lente stocked at big re­tail­ers and e-tail­ers in­clud­ing Sel­f­ridges and Match­es­fash­ion.com. In­ter­est­ingly, the rise of th­ese brands in the re­tail scene is in it­self a state­ment: That run­way looks might not nec­es­sar­ily mean prac­ti­cal or com­fort­able for the ev­ery­day OOTD. This is a state­ment that Phoebe Philo mas­ter­fully an­tic­i­pated.

As I weave this story to­gether, I ad­mit I am more par­tial to­wards this style of sub­tle dress­ing when it comes to show­cas­ing my per­son­al­ity. In­ter­est­ingly, while I may ad­here to the idea that I am not one to make state­ments or at least, mas­sive ones, a good friend rightly pointed out that big state­ments can also be made sim­ply by the tini­est of de­tails (such as my makeup and hairdo) cou­pled with my aloof man­ner­isms. What a light­bulb mo­ment — that I could lose sight of the finer de­tails in light of the big­ger pic­ture was in it­self a tes­ta­ment to the afore­men­tioned sub­tlety that I said was very of­ten over­looked.

We are all walk­ing tes­ti­monies of our­selves and when it comes to mak­ing a state­ment with dress­ing to our per­son­al­i­ties, there are no real rules or guide­lines to per­fect­ing the wow fac­tor. But we can all agree — re­gard­less of how we want to make a state­ment, it takes the same key in­gre­di­ent to ce­ment one: Con­fi­dence. With­out it, we can­not show­case the mes­sage we set out to de­liver, and while we look to dress­ing bet­ter to project a cer­tain im­age of our­selves, per­haps the best way to make a state­ment is to be true to your­self and your be­liefs. For the best state­ment comes sim­ply by just be­ing you.

IF YOU FASH­ION YOUR­SELF À LA SUSIE LAU OF STYLE BUB­BLE, BOLD AND DAR­ING IS THE WAY FOR­WARD FOR YOU, AND WHAT BET­TER WAY TO DO SO THAN WITH AN EYE-CATCH­ING PRINT. BE IT POLKA DOTS, AB­STRACT DRAW­INGS, OR FLO­RAL MO­TIFS, PRINTS HAVE BROUGHT A SIG­NIF­I­CANT LIVE­LI­NESS TO OUR EV­ERY­DAY WARDROBE. BIG AND BEAU­TI­FUL

CLEAN AND SIM­PLE SO­PHIS­TI­CATED MIN­I­MAL­ISM IS THE EPIT­OME OF LUX­URY RE­DE­FINED. DE­SIGNED WITH THE MOD­ERN WOMEN IN MIND, THINK OVER-SIZED SIL­HOU­ETTES AND RE­LAXED TAI­LOR­ING COU­PLED WITH NEU­TRAL COLOUR PAL­ETTES THAT ARE PLEAS­ING AND EL­E­GANT.

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