I've been looking at a lot of the spring 2010 collections over on Style.com the past few days and my favorite collection by far is Phoebe Philo's collection for Celine. She's also featured in Vogue this month, along with other designers they consider minimalist,. with the quote "Urban minimalism today is a simple composition of sharp angels and flat planes--with a few interesting new wrinkles (even ruffles) worked in." Intellectually I love minimalism, in architecture, home design and clothing. I look at design magazines and I always gravitate to the minimalist looks and my home is full of modern furniture, just not all of it. You have to be very disciplined and rigorous to live in an architectural gem (which I don't) and your 'things', you know the stuff of everyday living, have to be tightly edited or hidden away. I don't like clutter and my things are always carefully arranged and they are edited, but there is more 'stuff' than you'd see in a modern house. Now to the clothing part. I do not have a body that sharp angles and flat planes look good on. I am an overweight, curvy middle aged woman. Most definitely not the body that these are designed for. I love modernism and these say modern to me. No prints in sight either. As with living in a modern home, having a style, or even being stylish takes a lot of work. Careful editing of my fabric and pattern choices are necessary. But, while I am a modernist, I am also kind of eclectic and I like a little more variety in my wardrobe, though I am pretty limited in my color choices. I like a few prints to break up the expanse of a larger body. Those size 0 models don't obviously have this issue. I do love the fabric choices and these are accessible to me. The other issue is finding patterns that fit this aesthetic. Vogue's latest offerings are girly in the extreme and I most definitely don't do girly. The others of the big 4 lack lack a sleekness and the detail that I am looking for. They don't look modern to my eye at all. Burda mag has been lacking too in the last few months.
What do I like about the Celine collection that I can emulate? The wonderful wide legged pants in camel linen with black pocket welts and details. The black stripe down the side seam. Simple white blouses and interesting construction. What I really like about this collection is the timelessness of it all. Obviously I won't be buying it, but I like to take my time with my sewing and love good finishing, so timeless design that won't go out of style quickly is a very good thing.
Shopbob sent me an email with a shop the styles message. They were showing Bohemian, girly, casual chic, downtown and classic. No minimalism here. Do you fit into any of these or are you even interested in being 'stylish' in a certain narrow category?
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