Future Classic?

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Discovering the multiple facets of a Future Classics garments is part and parcel with the brand and though their interesting use of grey, navy and a whole lot of deconstruction is what I’d usually opt for, it was a challenge to see if I could work this Future Classicsx tie dye double frill adapted T dress from Standard Deviation from the SS08 collection.  Whilst the garment is completely hand dyed to achieve the blues, greens, purples all merging into each other, it’s still a whole lot of tie dye and whilst it doesn’t look like yer’ average ‘boho/bobo’  affair, with the ruffles and the oversized-ness, it could easily fall into that category. 

So to get it as far away as possible and to also play around with it as per the ritual with all Future Classics clothing… (and yes, I’m wearing glasses not as a fashion statement but as an ‘eyes-need-break-from--lenses’ thing…)…

…with the stompin’ Pierre Hardy x Louise Goldin ankle boots…

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…with the black lame leggings and a bit of Ann Sofie Back fishnet…

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…with a lot of mixed printing/signals going on courtesy of Jonathan Saunders and KTZ…

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…with a Topshop cropped metallic pink biker jacket and some Finsk grey tie up sandals…

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Electrified but it’s not feathery…

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Elfeath6 What to do when a label is physically unable to meet the demand of mass-production?  Actually, not even mass-production but a run of 100 pieces?  I am posting this quite late and yes I am beating myself that I didn’t take note of this earlier on but I guess as a concept, it’s an interesting one to keep in mind for the future.  On April 26th, auction house Phillips de Pury introduced a new category to their Saturday @ Phillips auctions; contemporary fashion and jewellery.  They chose New York designer Electric Feathers, designed by Leana Zu√±iga to start them off and Zu√±iga in turn created 32 lots for the auction house to sell exclusively. 

Electric Feathers is a label that previously sold at one or two boutiques in New York and also did made to order and so for a small indie designer, creating pieces purely for auction seems to be an ideal way of selling (of course, the heartbreak comes for the bidders who have the one chance of nabbing a piece…).  The word ‘auction’ doesn’t mean the prices went into stratospheric heights as the name of the designer is still rather unknown and almost none of the pieces went over $500 which for a one-off piece that is laboured over for a designer isn’t bad going.  The curator of the auction Phoebe Stephens is supposedly doing this to encourage the idea of contemporary fashion as a collectible but for any passing-by consumer/bidder such as myself, it’s a different way of buying a unique designer piece to wear as opposed to investing in.

Anyhow, the clothes are rather beautiful but not in a delicate or fragile way and the fabric choices seem to go against what you’d conventionally pick out for the sort of ‘pretty’ dresses that are being portrayed here…

Irina Lazareanu helps the cause a little too…

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Somehow even these ponchose are looking appealing with the use of pastel Aztec influenced fabrics…

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This brass chain vest was the one piece that went a little mental price-wise going for $900… I’m thinking the other more ornate dresses are worth that sort of money but that could just be me… 

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Terrible Want

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Lanvinres09 I have a very small guilty wants list for reasons that are particular to me and probably no one else will understand.  Lanvin t-shirts illustrated by Alber Elbaz and adorned with cute dresses, pearls, faces and cute little French phrases are on that list.  I say the reasons are only known to me and people will ask ‘Why are you ASHAMED to want the t-shirt?’.  This will sound strange and slightly self-conscious but it is for the simple fact that they are just a tad predictable.  Oh, Chloe Sevigny’s worn one, the very amazingly dressed girl on Garancedore has donned it, oh god, shame on me for following like a Lanvin-lusting lamb (I decided ‘sheep’ was too rustic an animal to follow in the direction of Lanvin…).  The other reason would be because technically an illustrated t-shirst can so easily be a part of that ‘easy’ high-end money making merchandise that makes people buy basic t-shirts for the sake of a label tacked onto them.  Tsforbes Of course, I’d counter that and say that the illustrations are cute, the added touches of real pearls, miniature dresses and overall individual flair make these t-shirts not fall into the category just described.  Some saving grace indeed.

So I’ll look forward to seeing the next round of these tees come out and yes, sue me, I will get myself one… guilty want ticked off.  Oh, the other guilty want that I bought today were these Balenciaga-lookey-likey sandals from Topshop… terrible me… that’s a whole other set of guilt that I’ll try and purge later on…

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Made of China…

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As much as I like inhaling the fumes of freshly made plastic goods, the tag ‘Made in China’ doesn’t fill me with enthusiasm.  Made OF China however is a whole different story…  In fact, I think this is the first time I have encountered ceramic jewellery and at the Urbis centre in Manchester (where I am this weekend…) is where I came across these bone china teacup bracelets by Abigail Mary-Rose Clerk.  Adorned with ribbons, painted flowers, trinkets and slinky bit of silver, they’re probably more ornate than your average tea cup…  Made in China?  Made of China?  I think I know which one to opt for if I’m feeling extra careful and non clutzy…   

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