Yesterday’s story about trends becoming more muted versions of themselves sprawled an investigation that left me surfing through Spring 2009 shows. Retrospectively, it doesn’t seem all that long ago but once you starting fishing through the collections that have showed since that particular period, you start recognizing the evolution of designers, where they were, where they’ve gone, even where they intended to go. My fascination with obtaining fashion from that season has become slightly unusual but maybe it’s because that may have been the last time fashion was still deep rooted by style and less by a game of who can turn the runway models into walking installations best. This new inclination to embrace style rather than just “a moment” has, as yesterday noted, left me slightly uncomfortable in terms of manning this here blog. I don’t think I’ll ever stop layering, though. I also clicked forward to Resort 2010, and in a series of photos implementing Chanel cycling shorts, feathered shrugs and sunglasses that double as masks, I rest assured that good style doesn’t mean: come and do me, baby.
And so, today on TMR, the resurgence of an old installment, learn to emulate that very Chanel runway. Photographed here, Alexa Chung at the following season Chanel show in Paris. This last series of photos well represents the evolution of style that trickles from model in wears on a runway to style icon–and personal Man Repeller favorite–on proverbial step and repeat. Ultimately, it would have been a disservice to mankind had I opted to leave the next degree of separation un-penetrated.
So here you have it: the official balcony of man repelling and other cool things, too. I call this one: my hair is so luscious, I can’t stop flipping it through the wind, look at my cycling shorts, and commas, I’m not going bike riding, but actually, if you want to, I might.
In a mens blouse from Uniqlo, cycling shorts by Only Hearts and polka dotted tights by Hue, the initial look was given a more casual spin while maintaining a firm handle on the emulation intent. Emulation intent? Sometimes even I don’t understand the shit that comes out of my mouth. Should you find yourself ready to try it too, I’d suggest you pair it with your most interesting shoes: I’d opted for this pair by Chanel to, you know, stay on brand. Photos via Style.com, Naomi Shon.
Okay now, your degree of separation is up: send photos and tell of your tales.