Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Send in the Clowns


While I am generally averse to sports watching, the Olympics are another thing entirely, and last week I was amongst the masses who collectively watched with bated breath as Yuna Kim skated to Send in the Clowns.  That she ended her figure skating career with a silver added to the underlying melancholy of the moment, a moment which coincidentally resonates with the Pierrot-inspired, sad clown mood of the season.  Suzanne Rae, for one, has truly distilled the signature loose shirt and wide-pantalooned chic of the world famous clown for Autumn 2014.  These exaggerated shapes are balanced out with Suzanne's signature basics, matching each dramatic form with an equally practical function.  Both are important sides of the alter-ego persona that Suzanne imagined while designing the collection. I am always a big fan of tented dresses and billowing silhouettes, items that disguise the shape of the body rather than revealing it, so I too am relishing this direction.










-Tiffany

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Araks Autumn 2014: Balancing Act


The Araks girl is obviously modeled after the designer herself: femme but not fussy, minimal yet tinged with an eccentric flourish, sophisticated but somehow not self-serious.  These are all traits that I would aspire towards, and looking at Araks Autumn 2014, I think I've found a style sensibility that I am equally inclined to adopt.  The collection is clownish and playful, with exaggerated trapeze silhouettes, over-oversized sleeves, smatterings of ruffles, and arrays of perfectly placed polka dots.  Nonetheless, the polka dots are rendered in a sparkling lurex that peeps mischievously out from under transparent silk chiffon, or pops out as a peplum from a wool dress; the wool jackets are more lady than little tramp.  It strikes just the right balance: pushing boundaries just enough to feel new and interesting, without ever veering out of the comfort zone of wearability.







-Tiffany

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