How incredible is AllSaint's Spring '13 collection?? Sometimes I walk into the store just to look at the vintage typewriters and cool decor, pretending that I can afford something or 10 things. If I could, I would fill my whole closet with AllSaints. The clothes (and the way they are presented) remind me a little of The Kooples brand, which I discovered during my study abroad in Paris. Surprisingly, I heard from multiple French people that The Kooples is just a trendy, overly expensive, highly-hyped brand that young people fawn over. I love AllSaints because, though it's pricey, it's also top quality and beautifully marketed. Sigh.
For a while now, I've had my eyes on a number of graphic and text-bedecked t-shirts. Who could hate a witty twist on the basic tee? Especially given that designers like Céline and Rodarte dressed up basic shirts using their own clever wordplay. I would pair a tongue-in-cheek top with distressed denim for a chic, comfortable outfit, or with a skirt to achieve that dressy casual look. These bloggers nailed it...
I would be equally happy broadcasting my love for a skilled rapper, poet, or even Batman, as you can see below. There are so many cool options that I don't even know how I would decide, after getting past the whole high price point issue, which makes me question if they're truly worth it. Probably. Considering I all too often opt for black and white, the lack of color here shouldn't come as a surprise. I like a muted palette with these kinds of shirts. See my favorites below...
The first few times I saw it, I thought, hmm, okay, you're probably in a hurry or maybe you're kind of cold but not really freezing. MAYBE you don't want to sweat under a heavy coat, in which case, I totally get it. But once so many people started jumping on the bandwagon that it became a gigantic commercial cruise ship (albeit feigning a sort of glamorous elegance the way Carnival commercials show splendor and smiling faces), I started asking, why? I'm referring to the now-ubiquitous coats worn as capes trend, splashed on the shoulders of fashion's leading ladies and street style stars alike.
I've seen coat draping before, and I realize it has this kind of regal-looking quality, but I would like to know the reason for all of these disappearing arms. Because once this initially casual look became a trend, it lost its luster. Quickly. Perhaps these people wish to show off their outfits but need a coat in case of unpredictable weather. Or maybe they want to appear effortless and important (after all, someone who can't stop to put their arms through sleeves must be affluential). In any case, this "style" just looks silly and tired. And cold! The woman third from the right doesn't look too happy, and I'm not surprised, as she's caping her coat in the SNOW. Case in point: sleeves are your friend.
Look, guys do it too!
Seriously, people. If you want your arms more mobile (as opposed to more constricted, which is how they must feel under a coat), wear a cape. Take a note from the always stunning Ulyana Sergeenko.