Death to minimalism?



The Row SS22

I’ve finished digesting all the SS22 collections and I think we can safely say we’re over the 2010s obsession with #oldceline-style ‘minimalism’.

I say ‘we’, but I don’t mean me.

Personally, I’m still here for what I call gentlewoman style; aka timeless pieces that straddle what we like to consider ‘masculine’ (tailoring, functionality) and ‘feminine’ (decoration, softness) dressing. I will never get bored of my baggy chinos and boyfriend 501s, Dries snakeskin boots, Equipment shirts and merino crew necks.

Professionally, yes it’s more exciting to write about the elaborate, hedonistic and whimsical and I’m tempted to bust out my Prada lipstick-print mules and Sergio Rossi raspberry moiré-silk heels. Schiaparelli was undeniably a Fashion Month highlight, as was Dries van Noten’s kaleidoscopic colour-fest. But it’s also fine by me if people (read: under 30s) would rather switch the Arket blazers and Acne knits for first wave reality TV garb à la The Simple Life-era low-rise jeans and triangle bandeau tops. (Uggs on the other hand? Not even Telfar* can tempt me to go there.)

I’m more than happy for fashion to move on and leave the clean, serene cliché to me and my contrary 90s cohorts. Thankfully The Row (above), Peter Do (below) and Lemaire (below) agree, so I won’t be completely alone in my comfort zone…

Peter Do ss22

Lemaire Spring 2022 by Lena Emery

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IMAGES: The Row, Peter Do x 2; Lemaire
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Sophie Buhai SS22 wish list



Sophie Buhai SS22

Currently obsessed with these Sophie Buhai ss22 Nautilus Table boxes – ‘for your pearls, pills, vitamins or matches’. So chic it hurts.

The letter-opener-slash-butter-knife and Nautilus case are divine as well…

Sophie Buhai letter opener SS22
Sophie Buhai SS22
Sophie Buhai SS22 objects

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IMAGES: Sophie Buhai SS22
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Gentlewoman style: Mackintosh AW21



Mackintosh AW21 womenswear

Going into AW21 (the clocks go back in two weeks!) and Mackintosh* has the #oldmoneyaesthetic nailed. Time to bust out the Hermès scarf and riding boots…

Mackintosh AW21




 

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IMAGES: Mackintosh AW21 womenswear
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Noguchi at The Barbican



Noguchi sculptures - The Barbican

If you’re in London for Frieze and need some zen time out from the frantic pace, here’s my tip. Go and chill at the Barbican.

The Noguchi show just opened two weeks ago at Barbican Centre and it’s a perfect stroll through the artist and designer’s timeline.

Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor and multidisciplinary designer, creating everything from theatre sets to kids’ playgrounds to furniture and of course, the now-classic Akari lighting. Starting out as an apprentice to Brancusi in Paris, you can see some early influence in his own sculptures (above).

But it’s the design pieces that stand out for me. One of my highlights is the bronze model of an unrealised New York playground called Play Mountain (below). It was designed without apparatus, just sculptural slopes and steps for kids to play in.

On the ground floor level of the show, there’s a wide array of Noguchi’s furniture and product designs, including many iterations of the washi paper lighting. The colourful origami-inspired aluminium tables are another example of everyday design that’s simple and functional, yet a joy to behold.

Noguchi exhibition at The Barbican
Noguchi bronze model of Play Mountain playground - New York
Noguchi origami tables

NOGUCHI is at Barbican Centre, Beech Street, London, EC2Y 8AE until 9th January 2022. Advance booking is essential. See more here.

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IMAGES: Noguchi by Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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