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Purple Passion

Friday, April 9th, 2010

As part of my studies at the Fashion Institute, I’m required to put together a collection of styles. One of them is “haute couture.” We know that the grid isn’t Paris and there’s no Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Vie Seconde to declare who’s in the club, so the operating definition falls back to “finely done” and, in a certain sense, “making a statement.” I’ve been looking at John Galliano, Viktor & Rolf, and Mads Norgaard for inspiration and running into difficulty. Until Xenobia spotted this beauty at Menslosophy.

Violet Viola

This classically tailored snap collar jacket gets an update to its one-button, slash pocket styling with the addition of wide, folded cuffs on the sleeves and the hallmark silver embroidery on the lapels. Silver piping carries down the front and around the tails, giving this piece a very put-together and finished look. Amanda Bolero of Menlosophy paid extra attention to the tailoring and textures on this with darted seams down the front and swaths of “against the grain” velvet napping realistically placed across the back. With the delicate shading and careful design, you can practically feel the soft velvet in this jacket.

Did I mention that it’s purple?

The traditional black and gray motif of haute couture is maintained by the addition of a classic turtleneck jersey in dark gray from [hate this], a pair of black silk dress slacks from Simone! and JCS’s Italian styled Sebastian shoes in charcoal.

The slacks feature a silver buckled belt, carefully placed creases down the front of the leg and silver buttons at the hip pocket in the back. Simone Stern works her magic on the shading in these pants – taking a flat black into three dimensionals with the careful application of gray and charcoal highlights.

Eponymous Trenchmouth’s skill with the prim in creating shoes is legendary and this pair of Italian style wingtips features exquisitely rendered detailing in the leather and even silvery tips on the laces for a splash of flash where few expect it.

I love this outfit. The traditional smooth lines and use of the turtleneck jersey in lieu of shirt and tie pays homage to Versace and Lauren. The classic styling of the pants and the detailing in the shoes takes nothing away from the sumptuous feel of the velvet plush in the jacket.

Jacket: Menlosophy – Violet Viola Jacket
Shirt: [hate this] – Turtle Neck (dark gray)
Slacks: Style Starts Here – Men’s Dress Pants (Black)
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (charcoal)

Hair: – Al (coffee)
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu 6 (tan)