Frieze London came around again last week, can it really be a year since the last one? TWR is lucky to have VIP access and so I did my usual brief glimpse at the very best in contemporary art followed by a long, long look at the fashion.
Of all the places I go to around the globe art fairs, particularly Frieze London, are where you best see how smart, wealthy women are wearing this season’s trends. Forget the ubiquitous Fashion Week schedule and its cartoony-fashion, or what Vogue says (it had a tricky week with its opinion), Frieze is where the women who can afford to buy designer fashion can be seen wearing it.
This season, it’s all about tailored trousers suits, often in either navy or a fine woven check, worn softly and casually, with that elegant tomboy styling so loved by the likes of The New Garconne crew. I loved the autumnal checked one above, worn so simply with a white shirt, great trainers and with the trousers cut wide (wide trousers, often cropped about the ankle, were everywhere). It looked smart, but in an easy, definitely-not-a-work-suit way. The check made it look really modern.
Shoes made a difference to the ‘smartness’ feel, add a heel and we’re talking a different vibe. I really loved the princess-length sleeves on the left hand Prince of Wales suit, and cuffed flares! They are big news, if you have the shape to pull it off, they look impressively glamorous. How amazing does the woman on the right look in hers?
A little bit of a trouser-drape at the hemline seems to be popular, it looks fab when you are standing still, but I’m not sure what happens to all that pooled fabric when you dash for the tube.
Cuffed hems were everywhere, I adored these navy trousers, which I think are the perfect length and have the perfect depth of cuff. It’s possible these have just been turned up at the hemline rather than properly sewn as turn ups. These ones from Finery are similar. Or they could be these ones from Isabel Marant.
Shall we have some art?
TBH the art was a bit underwhelming this year, although I did love this feminist neon number by Yael Bartana. There was a great deal of pink featured again, I loved it as a highlight in Tracey Emin’s work below.
The next big trend was for a metallic pleated skirts and metallic shoes. It seems like we’ve been writing about metallics for years, we must really love them. I have to confess I treat my silver Grenson brogues a bit like I would a neutral colourway and wear them with pretty much everything.
Loved these pepto-bismal pink shoes with their blocked heel.
My favourite piece of art this year was this pink plaster and selenite crystal boombox by Daniel Arsham. It looked like a modern fossil.
The cool way to wear your pleated skirt is with an oversized sweat (blame Vetements) which looked rather wonderful here above. I think the ankle boots bring it all together.
Another piece of pink art, if you look closely at this work by Portia Munson, you can see some quite rude things coloured pink.
What did I wear I hear you say? My new vintage tartan kilt, with a mandarin-collared red silk jacket, and those silver shoes. Very Miss Jean Brodie does on-the-cheap Gucci. BTW if you’re interested, those Gucci Princetown pink loafers from the top image, they are here.
That gorgeous mirror above, is held up by white carved marble in a clever play with textures and expectation, by Ryan Gander. More clothes and art on Friday!