I have a terrible middleagegirlcrush on Tziporah Salamon. We’ve mentioned her before on TWR because as a New York based stylist, model and fashion-muse she is featured regularly on Advanced Style and in Bill Cunningham’s fashion reports. She also has her own website here. I have the above left image of Tziporah on my mood board of ‘all time favourite images ever’.
In particular I love her use of oriental textiles, how she layers heavy embroidery over printed satins and yet doesn’t look swamped. She keeps her shapes neat and tailored then adds the volume with a scarf or jacket. I have a hankering this winter for these type of deliciously decorative fabrics, I’m getting a bit bored with minimalism…
There is elegance in her clothes and accessory combination at all times, I particularly love the way she does this, it’s like refined eccentricity. It’s easy to look a bit mad if you get it wrong, Tziporah never does.
As chance would have it, I got a new mentor in this layered oriental-pattern-and-print look last week when I went to the vibrant and exciting Kansai Yamamoto Fashion in Motion catwalk show at the V&A. It was one of the happiest and most colourful shows I’d been to in a long while, with layers of gorgeous Japanese fabrics such as kimono inspired silks combined with indigo (I have a thing for Japanese indigo, regular readers may remember). Wildly colourful makeup and scruffy kabuki-inspired top-knot hair finished off the look, with the odd feather thrust in at a fierce-looking angle.
You may remember Kansai from the David Bowie exhibition as he did some of the Aladdin Sane costumes. I didn’t realise he was still making clothes, but he most definitely is, art too and although his style is a bit too ‘Rainbow Warrior’ for me, I love the indigo/satin/embroidery mash up.
My photos are not great -sorry- but I’ve nicked a couple from Susie Bubble’s site as she was there too and is a far better photographer (read her write up on the show here) The giant dragons embroidered onto oversized ikat indigo bomber jackets were my favourite, and the patchworked kimono prints in golds, blues and reds were good enough to swap your grandmother for. I couldn’t help thinking that drawstring sack would make a great yoga mat bag….
And there were parasols of colour to push home the point.
So, should you want to -like me- add a touch of Tziporah-style layered embroidered and vaguely Kansai-Japanese-ish inspiration to your wardrobe, I suggest you get to Zara or Toast, who both have the rich fabrics and embroidered pieces you need.
I love the embroidered satin bomber from Zara at £69,99, above left, which would be very easy to wear, and the Toast indigo over jacket (actually a dressing gown, I think) at £85 is a fabulous Kansai-inspired item.
Toast have a good selection of silk velvet, a very Tziporah-style fabric, to use as layering pieces..(jacket £195 and trousers at £149) remember to add scarves of colour and pattern,
And a coat with a touch of embroidery £445, below from Toast, layered over a satin and embroidered dress at £79.99, Zara below, is what we’re looking for…with an oriental patterned scarf too…
The Toast beaded and embroidered blouse at £245, below even comes with its own obi. I’m thinking Christmas party dressing here, what do you think?