(Gina Bacconi cape, New Look blouse, skirt and box clutch, Stuart Weitzman Highland boots, Gouverneur Audigier sunglasses available at Grey Book)
Continuing the monochrome theme, my second outfit from Day II of LFW was a mod ’60s fairy tale. The romantic fairytale theme incorporating capes and intricate lace details made a major comeback in the previous autumn/winter shows (Dolce & Gabbana for example, gave us a fairy tale spectacle complete with a woodland backdrop and swing coats appliqued with foxes and owls). This seemed to continue on into this spring/summer season where London shows such as Bora Aksu gave us a collection inspired by Grimm’s adult tales. I thought the use of organza, lace and crochet details gave every piece an ethereal look at Bora Aksu and was one of my favourite shows of this season.
Unlike my first monochrome look from Day II which played with textures, this second look was smooth and explored the use of layers and the shapes of garments. It’s quite easy to shy away when you have such a statement piece like this cape. But I think when you have a great item like this, what’s the point of making everything else dull? It’s also very important to compliment each piece of clothing. This is why I thought of mixing and matching the look to feature different monochrome patterns. The cape, skirt and box clutch all have different black and white patterns. This might sound like madness, but by toning the rest of the outfit down (having a simple white blouse and over the knee black boots), I think the entire outfit turned out quite complimentary. And I think you need a little theatrics when the theme is mod fairy tale.
Photographed at Somerset House by Lillian He.