Parrot vs Pigeon
As you know, I love statement dressing. The more challenging the statement, the better! If I have the choice of dressing like a parrot or dressing like a pigeon, I’ll choose the parrot nearly every time. Of course I have my pigeon days in jeans and a grey cashmere sweater; we all have to have everyday outfits… but I don’t feel as joyful and alive in those clothes. I simply have a better day in sparkle and colour. If I am wearing something daring, I may have a twinge of doubt just before I walk out the door, but once I’m out, I feel empowered by my brave choice. I encourage you to push your style out of your comfort zone now and then; it pays big dividends. A style rut gives us no delight.
Take this faux hair coat from emerging designer Krasimira Stoyneva. It was love at first sight for me. I adore that it is synthetic hair, but it still has the visual impact of fur (which I don’t wear). The Mondrian colour palette rocks my world. The versatile shape can be worn with a dress or trousers. What is even better is that I can RENT it! I’ve recently discovered Wear the Walk, where you can rent up and coming designer clothing for a fraction of the purchase price. It makes so much sense. If you have an event to go to but don’t want to buy something new that you might only wear once or twice, this is a perfect solution. In these days where social media plays such a part of our lives (especially for the younger generation and for bloggers) you don’t want to wear the same thing to several weddings or events. From a sustainability perspective, you’re not buying another piece of fast fashion, but renting a high-quality (in some cases nearly couture level) item and supporting an emerging designer’s business. Americans have known and loved Rent the Runway for several years. Wear The Walk is a similar concept, except in true British style, the designers are more avant garde and less mainstream. It is a great way to experiment with style.
In perusing the Wear the Walk website, I’ve discovered lots of new-to-me designers. Krasimira Stoyneva’s work is my favourite but there are many other cracking pieces I’d love to try, like this gorgeous silver coat by Charlotte Zimbehl, this prismatic skirt and top by Minnanhui, or this plum velvet embroidered coat by Varga.
If you fall madly in love with something on Wear the Walk, you can purchase it. Now that I’ve discovered Krasmira on here, I want more of her pieces (especially the long furry skirt coming for A/W 2017). The movement in these colourful wefts of hair is gorgeous; I’m jumping to demonstrate! You want to twirl and jump when wearing her shaggy clothes.
When I wore this coat, so many navy-grey-and-black-clad Parisian women complimented me on it. I think inside every Parisian pigeon, there is an inner parrot desperate to fly out! Here are some more photos of a glorious coat in a glorious Paris on a glorious spring day.
I can only apologise for my hair; the wind was crazy.
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