Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Romantic Romeo

Romeo Gigli's soft, romantic clothes from the 1980s and early 1990s were a favorite of mine.  Mr. Gigli has said that his clothes are for anyone "willing to take a journey of the imagination".  The journey which will surely include rich jewel tone colors, a hint of Paul Poiret and a dash of Edwardian elegance.  Cathy Horyn wrote of Romeo Gigli's influence in Haider Ackermann's Spring 2012 runway show.   I don't know, I am not loving everything Haider Ackermann is doing. I love the idea but then the quality in the stores seems disappointing and the balloon style pant for the Spring is not going to be flattering on anyone. Definite Man Repeller territory.  This is one of the reasons Romeo Gigli was so brilliant: there was nothing gimmicky about his design sensibilities.

I thought that I would start with two coats that epitomize the dreamy world of Romeo Gigli and that both would be beautiful this fall and winter with a straight leg pant and a good boot with a heel or not.  There has been a lot of contrast on the runways with a play between volume and leaness.

Our first coat is a 1987 moss green cotton velvet cocoon-style coat with a kimono sleeve.

Our second Gigli coat is an all out glamorous and romantic coat in a crushed black velvet with a deep burgundy iridescence.  It can be worn fully buttoned with the high collar or left draped and open.  There are high slits on the side of the coat so you can seen the iridescent burgundy interior.

Why don't you wear the coats with... Stella McCartney's faux leather streamlined pants and a pair of Dries van Noten's black leather boots with a transparent heel available here


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