Christophe Lemaire AW 2014 via Style.com / Highway to the Moon image via Tumblr / Sunroom at Mr Kitly via their Facebook page / Olafur Eliasson - The Weather Project at Tate Modern via Inside Out / Still life flowers via Freunde von Freunden
I haven't been following fashion week very closely, but Christophe Lemaire's AW 2014 collection caught my attention on Maryam Nassir Zadeh's instagram last night and made me sit up and take notice. The shapes, the shades, the movement - it was all sublime and exactly what I would love to be wearing right now as the weather starts to get colder in Melbourne.
This morning I went onto Style.com to take a closer look. It is a collection of structured, oversized outerwear, soft cosy knits wrapped and tucked and tied around the neck, long skirts and dresses cinched at the waist. Camel, ivory, taupe, the palest of pinks, the deepest of greens and navy, charcoal - all finished off with heavy black boots. There are nods to the power dressing of the 80s and the tailored minimalism of the 90s, these are clothes that are strong, functional, elegant, but above all they are for now. These clothes are for women who get things done and look good doing it.
Lemaire manages to create collections that are aspirational, polished and effortless all at once. The kind of clothes you hope to wear when you grow up, and live in Paris. They have a lightness about them, without being flimsy or frivolous. They are beautiful and considered, without being fussy.
It's all about that slightly oversized silhouette, the combination of tailored and slouchy, the beautiful fabrics, the muted tones. I'll be keeping these outfits in mind when I get dressed in winter, pulling out some wide-leg cropped trousers, Cos cashmere knits, my mum's old oversized tan trench, searching for a secondhand washed out silk shirt or two and maybe swapping the boots for some New Balance because, let's be honest, I'm not quite grown up enough for those yet.