Monday, November 23, 2009

Label to Love

I first laid eyes on the intense layers and superbly distressed fabrics that together, define the All Saints brand, in London's Selfridges department store. My semester abroad was a combination of learning experiences, but none was as defining as my growing knowledge of global fashion styles and labels.

The All Saints look is remarkably comfortable, with high-quality fabrics, at a semi-affordable price. The pieces remain in a close color scheme that never stray far from the dismal palette of an overcast day with cloudy tones of gray, black, dark browns, and off-white. Dresses and skirts include flattering designs like fitted bodices and hitched skirts with bustle details. Many of my favorites use pattern cutting techniques and draping which gives unique shapes and intricate designs, which allows the consumer to feel like their outfit cannot be replicated. The comforting fabrics vary from 100% cotton, angora lined wool blazers, linen, or cashmere and lambswool in their knitwear. Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference between the men's and the women's line in this store. Sometimes, that's the best part. Don't be afraid to wonder over and grab a jersey top in the men's section to mix with your can't-live-without-them, Elita Trousers that must be worn with none other than the Amarante Boot (preferably in Neutral). Despite All Saints UK homefront, their wesbsite offers a range of pricings and ships to almost anywhere, so browse away!

It's undeniable that the models allude a certain renegade. The brand defies conventional fashion and uses shocking mixtures of dainty flowers with hardpressed leathers. Aside from the fact that I've always wanted Cake's "Short Skirt & a Long Jacket" to be my movie moment theme song, I love the idea of wearing the green, high-collared, canvas, military coat over the short, pin-tucked tweed skirt.
Make a Statement, Be Rebellious.

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