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So as you may know or can read, I went to the pre-shop at H&M for their latest designer collaboration with Margiela. The line is basically a round-up of Margiela’s biggest hits over the past two decades, so for those of us with (lesser) aspirations like owning an absurdly oversized coat by MMM this was our one and only chance do so at a more acceptable price-point.
In all honesty, H&M isn’t always a fav of mine especially when a known designer comes in because the items often seem more like novelties and end up a waste of time, sanity, money, and let’s be honest: their sizes are rarely forgiving. Thank you, Martin Margiela and your penchant for women in enormous menswear. I have always wanted clothing, well-cut clothing, that doubles as a blanket, bed, shelter — yet still holds a shape that reminds the public you aren’t homeless, it’s just how you dress. Also, with a blog named after the fact that I rarely wear colour, I swoon at lines made up mostly of neutrals. All in all, this line was screaming for me to swim in it, pretend I am androgynous, and someone who casually wears Margiela.
Margiela x H&M Wool Jacket — Huf hat, Isabel Marant sneakers, Dannijo necklace
Margiela x H&M Sweater and Blazer — Fortune Favors the Brave necklace, Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ flats
Margiela x H&M Camel Coat and Jeans — it’s all eBay, bay-bay…
Thanks again to destructor and ever momager, Christianne, for the snaps.
Filed under: Fashion, Misc. | Tags: Chair, collar, Colour, dinosaur, doodle, draw, elegant garage sale, Fashion, forever21, isabel marant, karen walker, Miu Miu, Necklace, Prada, rainbow thread, rhinestone, sea of shoes, sharpie, She Does The City, tatty devine, Tom Binns, Toronto, Vintage
Way back when (in 2009) I read a post over at Sea of Shoes that featured classically shaped furniture covered in canvas and drawn all over by kids. Alright, drawn all over by children, at a hospital, for charity; there was a cause. Well I found a chair for $50 over at the Elegant Garage Sale and had my own cause: to recreate that awesome Sea of Shoes chair.
It was a year before I actually started working on the project when I eagerly wrote a post about it here on this blog. I quickly ran into a problem. Not knowing any children and not really trusting any of them with my soon-to-be awesome chair I was begging my sister and friends to help me cover all the fabric in doodles. Adults can doodle for a while, but then our imagination runs out and someone threatens to scribble down a curse word and there goes that afternoon activity. Perhaps it’s needless to say that the chair sat with many a bald spot for months on end, but here I am saying (typing) it.
The chair, in all its incomplete glory, came in handy last year when I competed in BAM! – the She Does the City video contest. At the start of each video I wrote the corresponding title on the chair and it probably became the most memorable part because..who draws all over a chair? But after that, after I did not win the aforementioned contest, the chair became untouchable, almost sacred. Maybe I thought the chair was bad luck, maybe I’m just making excuses. The good news is that the chair is finally complete!
If you’re a jewelry connoisseur, comme moi, then you’ve seen the multitude of necklaces covered in rainbow thread, or the sudden over-accessibility of neon-coloured rhinestone collars — Tom Binns would be spinning in his grave, you know, if he were not alive. While I’m not necessarily jumping all over the trend (not shocking with my devotion to black) I like the idea of childhood whimsy behind it.
Rainbow thread brings me back to senior kindergarten when the coolest, most popular girl, Courtney, put rainbow thread in her running shoes and won all the boys’ fancy and clearly some of the girls’. Now my most favourite pieces reflect my childhood from my cat covered Miu Mius to my Cinderella-esque Pradas and most recently my navy and white Isabel Marants that look identical to my first pair of Spice Girls-era platform sneakers. Kitties, Disney, and Girl Power — my life as a little girl in a nutshell, now interpreted in high fashion.
Embrace your past and wear your inner-child on your neck. And maybe add a dinosaur, or two.