>> I realise the title is not exactly going to win any awards for intellect but there are times when over-analysing, deep chat and profound thoughts need to be put aside and they often coincide with press days. Press days are officially speaking for stylists, editors and writers to review the collections in person as you get to see things you might not have seen during fashion weeks (or they weren't ready then) and plan out stories, shoots and call-ins for the upcoming season. In reality they become a girly gasp fest of "I want that!" because when faced with product on tables and rails, it's a little like doing a spot of pre-season preview shopping. Discerning journalists and stylists can tut tut at that all they like but hey, I'm a unabashed shopper first and foremost.
Therefore here are some tasty treats that all together in one post look and feel tasty and they come courtesy of Delfina Delettrez's S/S 13 Infinity collection and Kenzo's S/S 13 jungle mania. It's quite clear that Delettrez has moved away from her own defined language of eyeballs and animalia in this collection, perhaps wary of overstating her own aesthetic. She uses rubber for the first time and mixes them up with precious stones and pearls to form cuffs and chokers that have a spot of kitsch. What was even more surprising were the cartoonish pop-art inspired rings from the collection, spelling out "Gulp!" and "Yeah!", which feel like Delettrez is wading into more playful territory. Her sense of the surreal still pervades though when you look at a piece like the infinity ring where a pearl has been placed inside a pyramid of mirrors only to be reflected over and over again.
Then we go over to Kenzo's fun exotica for S/S 13, which plays out in these tri-coloured snakeskin bags. Skins don't feel so "animal" once they've been rendered in sherbet orange, mint green and lemon yellow
They shoes were also a multitude of fun mixing up brights and pastels, animal prints and metallic embroidery in both chunky heel-ed and flat sandal form. As you know, I'm a fan of a sturdy shoe and better yet that sturdiness can also be combined with flamboyant embellishment.
Kenzo accessories continue on a high with these sunnies where "Kenzo" has been spelt out in a font that kind of reminds me of those novelty straws from the eighties (you know the ones where you couldn't actually drink anything out of because of the complicated bends…). Along side parkas with tigers on the back and more of those sweatshirts, I predict these sunglasses will be a hit with the streetstyle pap crowd.
Note of Disclosure: Pictures above taken with Canon EOS M, my new camera that has fast usurped the bulky 60D. Still trying to work out what are my camera allegiances. In any case, I can't sing its praises enough when it comes to taking stills in a press day situation. The real test will come at runway shows though.