So, here we are, last day on month three of No New (quarter way through!) and I am feeling quite smug on buying nothing. Well, mostly.
There have been temptations. I’ve been to a number of fragrance and fashion appointments at Fenwicks Bond Street’s second floor cafe this month, which means I have to walk passed the always nicely merchandised Joseph concession. Three mannequins are displayed in front of the cafe and they have been consistently dressed in the simplest and chicest ensembles recently, looking exactly right for what you’d want to be wearing to attend said fragrance/fashion appointments.
I’ve had to restrict myself to stroking the sweaters, admiring the crisp cottons on the shirts and straightening the shoulders of the clean-cut pea coat on the mannequins (old VM habits die hard) as they seductively beckon me, like sartorialist mermaids, onto the rocks of consumer temptation. I am particularly taken with the roll neck sweater (despite the odd, artful sleeve tie) and the tie front sun dress in navy cotton jersy, which is so perfect, with that easy- fit front ribbon detail.
There’s a great sense of ease and casual smartness to the selection I’ve been seeing, together with a sense of modernness that’s not too out there. Sweatshirts, as we all know from Jane’s recent post, are a key item this season, but despite what Vetements says, sometimes they can look like you’ve just raided youngestson’s wardrobe for his cast-offs. The tie detail on the front of the one below makes it look as if you own the item. if I was buying sweatshirts, this is the one I’d go for.
I’ve kept out of shops to avoid temptation, but I do scan websites a bit more frequently than I did before, to get a kind of fashion-porn hit of newness and inspiration.
Joseph has more simple smartness coming for summer, with a fabulous white linen summer dress (I’m slightly obsessed with all white dressing currently) and cracking leather sandals. Altogether a very good selection of wearable clothes. I just hope they will be as good next spring!