Lightening Up

Lightening Up

Strawberry Summer fruits are precisely what the name suggests; should really be eaten by seasonality and only in the summer.  However, strawberry ice cream, the expensive or the cheapie variety can be enjoyed all year round and Tsumori Chisato seems to feel the same way.  Where most collections have gone decidedly sophisticated for next winter, Chisato has stuck to what she knows and taken her signature quirkly girliness to a new level.  Whereas prints still feature quite a bit in the collection, it’s the wearable marshmallow pieces that have caught my eye, especially through these images by Sonny Vandevelde.  Quilting, satin, flowers, tiers, ruffles are precisely all a bit too much yet it’s still appreciated by the ‘more is more’ sensibility that I’ve always held.  Especially when the season is looking like I will be drowned in sharp tailoring, deep colours and subtle detailing, all of which are nice things but I’m also partial to these exceptions to the catwalk trend rules. 

Afterall, if I’m eating strawberry ice cream in the summer, doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop eating it in the winter with a nice bit of rhubarb crumble.  Oh god…this euphemism for wearing girly pale ice cream colours in the winter is all getting a bit crap isn’t it…? 
Yadda yadda yadda…bottom line is that I’m definitely making it my mission to trek it back to Hong Kong sometime this year to pay the Tsumori Chisato store a much-needed, heavily-delayed visit.      

Ts1 Ts2


Ts5 Ts6



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  1. bigglassesgirl

    2008-02-29 at 5:20 PM

    That final dress is fantastic.

  2. Jeanne

    2008-02-29 at 5:35 PM

    Gorgeous! And with the ombre tights, too! I also love the tiered ruffly one at the top (with the layers of topaz and smoky quartz) — taking a traditional autumn palette and making it still light and pretty.

  3. kit

    2008-02-29 at 6:41 PM

    oooh those pink mary janes look perfect… look at the shape of that heel!

  4. selina

    2008-02-29 at 6:48 PM

    i love that skirt with the big flower!am trying to imagine a diy as the erin fetherston petal skirt was delish. and i’m not missing out again!

  5. Drusilla

    2008-02-29 at 7:07 PM

    I’m all for this, I love look#5- it reminds me of a very pale, almost fading rainbow. I’ve got food on the brain, so my way of summing this lot up would be: yum.

  6. missmilki

    2008-02-29 at 8:27 PM

    I love the last photo…its so cute, spontaneous and in the momentish! It kinda embodies the girlie, cutie, fun of the collection.

  7. enc

    2008-02-29 at 10:56 PM

    Fantastic! And I mean that in the classical sense. I love it all.

  8. alana in nz

    2008-03-01 at 7:22 AM


  9. Anonymous

    2008-03-01 at 10:17 AM

    there is a tsumori shop in paris

  10. riz

    2008-03-01 at 1:42 PM

    Delectable – More food analogies in the posts please!! =)

  11. Mina

    2008-03-01 at 9:58 PM

    It is almost as if this collection was made for you Susie – you’ll be loving use of blue patent especially the bag – and how spot on are your dip dyed tights now 🙂

  12. Sarah

    2008-03-02 at 2:14 AM

    Not sure about all of these but I like the pink-&-black one – is that a rabbit or an octopus around the shoulders?

  13. The Clothes Horse

    2008-03-02 at 2:58 AM

    Structured, but floaty, me like.

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