Raf Simons debut collection from Calvin Klein was unveiled his first collection for Calvin Klein in February 2017. The much anticipated collection had a packed front row which included amongst others: Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, A$AP Rocky, Naomie Harris, and the young stars of Moonlight. Millie Bobby Brown, a new face of Calvin, also sat front row.
I think Vogue captures it beautifully:
With outsiders’ perspectives, Simons and Mulier riffed on Americanisms, including brightly colored band uniforms, Wall Street suits, sheriff’s jackets, quilting on some terrific men’s parkas–make those for women, too, please!–and metal-tipped cowboy boots. They devoted a fair bit of attention to the great American plastic couch cover, slipping transparent plastic over everything from plaid tailoring to a sensational yellow-gold fur coat and feathered cocktail numbers. Strange. But it’s such a weird idea, it just may catch on. Calvinisms got their attention, too. Male and female models wore varsity sweaters with sheer torsos in a technical knit that looked lifted from the world of shapewear, a tricky look for both genders. Brooke Shields’s famous silhouette was stamped on the leather label on the back waistband of jeans.
No capsule closet would be complete without a cardigan. This garment is named after James Brudenell, 7th Eat of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who lead the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. The word “cardigan” is a variation from the Welsh Ceredigion. Legend has it that fame achieved by Lord Cardigan let to its ascent to popularity.
The modern day Cardigan owes quite a significant credit to Coco Chanel who detested the manner in which tight-necked sweaters ruined hair when pulled on that she opted to wear the Cardigan.
Modern day Cardigans come in a plethora of styles, colors and patterns. Some are made from luxurious cashmere. They can be machine or hand knitted. Generally worn during the cooler months they can be dressed up or for leisure time dressing.
As these photo’s clearly illustrate even the British Royal Family are often seen with a cardigan on. Famous feminine faces such as Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldanha and Amal Clooney often wear them. Even Justin Bieber wears them so there is no doubt just how popular a cardigan is. PS – My favorite is Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cardigan – so stylish.
Readers, for those of you who have been following us on the capsule wardrobe journey will know that we have covered a few items already. Next up is the simplest staple of them all – THE PLAIN WHITE TEE. This versatile top offers seamless shift from season to season. It can be paired with a blazer for a more formal look or a more casual look wiht a chunky sweater.
Not any boring plain tee will do so I’ve searched and found some of the best ones out there. Ahead, a few of my favorites:
So friends in case you have missed it, we are putting together a capsule wardrobe. Most people – myself included – have too many items in the closet. Items which don’t fit as well as they once did and should be given a new home or items which you are not able to part with for fear that your life will no longer have any meaning.
The next must have wardrobe item is a work tote or everyday hold all. The word tote means carry. Boy do I carry everything but the kitchen sink with me! Traditional totes have two handles but given the enormous array of merchandise on offer this is just a descriptive.
The deciding factor here has to be ease of getting to the contents of the bag quickly -without wanting to hurl the bag down onto the pavement due to any abyss like behavior being exhibited by not finding keys etc.
A bag showing abyss like tendencies generally remains in the dark recesses of the closet.
Take a read at the stir caused when Balengiaca showed off a bag which resembled an IKEA blue bag Read here.
Next up is a ballet pump shoe which is an essential part of any modern day women’s wardrobe. Especially if – like me – you run around all day and find that doing so in high heels was something you foolishly did in your 20’s – and without giving too much away lets just say it was a while ago.
The modern day pump was referred to as “pompes” in the 1500’s when strapless shoes without heels were worn by men. Back then these were mostly worn by servants because they lacked the fuss and the funds to have fancy buttons and laces reminiscent of that time.
Thankfully since then it has become a women’s shoe and is adoringly associated with style and glamour. Sensible sophistication of a pump has been adored by the rich and famous and include amongst other Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Alexa Chung to name a few.
Shut the front door – I am so thrilled to spread this exciting and fabulous news. One of my favorite stationery companies, Rifle Paper Company (Read my post Hot off the press…) and Keds have collaborated to make the prettiest everyday champion sneaker! Remember you heard it hear first.
I have ordered this product on the Keds Site so I could get fast shipping and excellent their excellent returns policy. The price will likely change over time, so click this link to check the current price of your Rifle Keds.
So excited I am grinning like the cat who just got the cream.
The next must have item is a classic Trench Coat and for me it has to be in it’s primary and most recognised colour – Khaki.
This raincoat is traditionally made from heavy duty cotton, poplin, leather and a variety of modern day fabrics with technology constantly evolving to improve upon waterproofness and lightness.
It was originally an item of clothing for Army officers (developed prior tot he war but adapted for use in the trenches of the First World War, hence its name) and shows this influence in its styling.
The two luxury British clothing manufacturers each claim to have invented the Trench Coat. Aquascutum lays claim that they developed the coat back in 1850 whilst Thomas Burberry (which would evolve into the world renowned brand Burberry) submitted his design for an Army Officers coat to the United Kingdom War office in 1901.
Visit the Burberry Website for a closer look at this iconic brand: Burberry
Lets continue building a strong foundation of timeless pieces that can be paired with the other items in our capsule wardrobe. So far we have covered the white shirt, blue jeans and black pants. Next item is a one blazer.
A blazer is a versatile item which can easily be dressed down with a pair of skinny jeans and heels. A more formal look is easily achieved when worn over a dress and heels.This staple wardrobe piece comes in various forms, fabrics and styles but I would stick to a classic style which won’t date.
As is evident this piece is a firm favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge: