A Sudden Penchant For White Garments
I find myself eyeing a lot of white garments lately, and one of the reasons is that I have become enchanted with white fabric after seeing the Jacquemus Spring/Summer 2017 collection. My boyfriend says my fascination for white garments is because I am thinking of impure thoughts, but assuming that would be slightly naive in my opinion (and, frankly, slightly Catholic). Both of us are merely joking, but that does not explain my sudden interest in the fairest of all shades, especially since I used to naturally be drawn to the darker hues on the palette, and the fact that my wardrobe is mostly built around black clothing.
Jacquemus 2017 Spring/Summer Collection
The current Spring/Summer 2017 collection of Jacquemus had a couple of looks in particular that stood out. Albeit not very wearable, Jacquemus sent the models on the runway wearing slightly pompous white cotton dresses with gigantic straw hats – the perfect leisure summer statement. If only I could find one of those dresses in a slightly less frivolous shape (a little bit longer is also always welcome), and that straw hat slightly less large. This piece comes close. I reckon that I would wear this number while parading in the south of France, but Amsterdam is a bit of a different story, unfortunately. Also, I’m still a little bit traumatised after my introduction to the clownesque (see my last post), and would rather have those balloon sleeves narrowed down a little.
The hat in combination with the bow and side-swept hair may well be a sharp little reference to the fifteen-year-old Marguerite Duras in L’Amant. And in my opinion, any literary reference is a good one. But – where I like the cohesion of Jacquemus Spring 2017 show for the statement it makes, I am unable to oversee the cuts, which are often on the verge of ridiculity. In my opinion, nothing is as elegant and timeless as a clean and simple cut – especially if you’re inspired by the classic Santons of the Provence.
I am sure that Jacquemus is merely experimenting (and going for a statement here), but this is a thing that my favourite fashion brands such as A.P.C. and MHL by Margaret Howell for example, have known for years – the brands adjust their hemlines every season to make a statement and welcome the new, but manage to never cross the line of the ridicule.
Sharper and cleaner lines would have clearly improved the wearability of Jacquemus’ 2017 Spring/Summer collection for the everyday woman. Then again, I wonder whether Jacquemus targets the same audience as A.P.C. and Howell. Anyway, I appreciate l’art pour l’art, but at the end of the day these pieces are for sale on Net-A-Porter, which implies that after all, they serve a functional purpose (to be worn!) as well. For now, I let myself be inspired by Jacquemus’ use of colour and fabric and the sheer longing for warmer climes.
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