Sandro F/W 2012
How much I love Sandro…The French label’s F/W collection has stolen my heart yet again! Perfect pieces, that also adhere to my current lust for all things black and white, as seen in this post.
If I had to pick, I’d choose that cute funnel-neck white dress, and the whole outfit shown in the third pic. How great is that ribbed leather skirt?? So chic it hurts!
But no messed-up, casually-coiffed hair for me unfortunately- I really think only French girls can pull that off with aplomb.
How do you Sandro’s latest collection? And how do you think the brand compares to other French labels such as Maje and The Kooples?
Hope S/S ’12 Lookbook. Source: Caroline’s Mode, Stockholm Street Style
I really dislike the expression; ‘Borrowed from the boys’. Well, it’s not so much that I dislike it, but that it’s just thrown around so much in regards to masculine dressing. But it is apt in describing the mannish monochromatic looks that popped up in the Hope S/S ’12 collection.
Hope is a Swedish fashion label with a focus on original yet classic design. It’s also very much a lifestyle brand, delivering the need for function and utility. Perhaps it’s like the upscale fashion equivalent of Ikea? Er, or maybe not, considering how gorgeous the pieces look- there’s no style over substance stuff going on here.
Their ethos is pretty unique too:
‘Hope´s design process is untraditional because each product is created to stand on its own rather than being matched according to seasonal trends.’
I like the fact that their collections don’t appear to be that cohesive, so you get a real mix of stuff suited to differing lifestyle requirements. Alongside their masculine-inspired pieces, there’s a plethora of other outfits, including some particularly fresh and gorgeous print maxi dresses.
I particularly wanted to showcase their mannish looks though, because for summer, these are the ‘go-to’ staples. Whereas in autumn/winter one inevitably turns to a classic tailored coat, fur stole and tux blazer as constants, summer’s all about a crisp white shirt (oversized or otherwise), linen peg-leg trousers, and brogues: typical androgynous pieces that Hope showcases particularly well. I especially love the mismatched black and white brogues in the third outfit!
I don’t think I’m quite able to pull off a leather jacket that convincingly. You kind of need to have a certain air and attitude- it’s hard to put my finger on exactly what that is…Having said that, I did pick one up in Hong Kong recently which somehow suits. It’s usually very tricky business though. For my gorgeous flatmate on the other hand, the leather jacket is her go-to staple. On her it just looks right, like an extension of herself, whereas on me it screams ‘err, that’s not really you what are you trying to do?!’
I realised though, after almost (thank God I didn’t) parting with over half a grand on an incredible russet-coloured leather jacket from Maje, that if the colour is right then I can get away with it. Oh, and material is important- the Maje one was incidentally burnished suede. So for all you guys who are slightly leather jacket-challenged like me, there are some amazing variants on this classic piece. It’s just a matter of playing and shopping around!
Source: carolinesmode.com. Click on the links for additional images.
1. Rika S/S 2012 / 2. Rika S/S 2012 / 3. Jacket : H&M / Dress: Monki / 4. ZARA S/S 2012 / 5. Jacket: Tiger of Sweden / Shorts: H&M / Bag: Celine / 6. Jacket: H&M / Dress: Monki