Badlands Dressing

>> Is every Blogger blog going doolally today?  I'm one for words most of the time but it's quite depressing facing blogs with that broken image icon.  It's made it a little bit difficult checking out London-based designer Maaike Mekking's entirely Blogger-based website for instant.

Anyhow, I've been meaning to post these images from their A/W 10-11 collection and I'm hoping they'll do the Blogger rounds (image uploading permitting…) a LOT as I *think* I'm right in saying that this is probably Mekking's most accessible collection to date and in terms of the boxes that this collection ticks for the new season, it's pretty much got it all going on.  I jest a little when I call myself a trendwhore.  I do get excited about emerging trend strands each season, but at the end of the day it is the binding force of personal style that hopefully navigates through those trends.  So even though Maaike Mekking's collection does do a whole lot of box ticking… denim, camel, longer lengths and shearling, there's something in the mixing of the elements, the sheer panels, the cut-outs in the dresses and also the addition of that geometric patterned tattoo bodysuit that doesn't just make this a trend pumped collection.  I also love that the collection references films like Badlands (not one for a cosy Sunday night though…) and takes facets of Middle American landscapes and filters that down into the clothes that make the mundane pretty.  Holly Sargis (played by Sissy Spacek) would most certainly be down with a lot of this for her getaway gear.        


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23 Replies to “Badlands Dressing”

  1. I love the mix between mannish and feminine dressing in these outfits! More proof that you neither have to be one, nor the other when it comes to outfits.

  2. My blogger images were broken most of the afternoon and I was getting annoyed! :S I think it is a picasa problem.
    Love this – very ‘I do what I want’ type of style. The model’s grumpy face is actually well suited for this. And that tattoo geometric bodysuit is so great!

  3. I thank goodness the problem has finally been resolved. They remind me of reconstructed vintage. This collection is great but maybe a different model next time?

  4. I can’t deny that I’ve been mulling over this collection since I received the lookbook. I’m not sure why I didn’t “take” to the looks immediately, perhaps because they are a bit more accessible? Or even the trending? I’m not sure yet, still digesting it.
    They are still an emerging label I support and Maaike definitely has a clear aesthetic that I dig.

  5. HANDS OH GOD HANDS. I Think that is what is keeping all these photos extra masculine.. She could pop your head off with those massive HANDS.

  6. THIS is amazing. What’s really interesting is that it’s clear that there is little if any hair/make-up/re-touching going on here but there is this fictional, other-worldly or occult feel. Are we too often bombarded with retouched beauty that something natural now appears strange?

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