Wearing: Sandy Liang Open Back Shirt (similar style here), Gucci Princetown Slippers (budget options here and here), Vetements Reworked Jeans (similar here, here, and here and budget alternatives here and here), Blk Dnm Biker Jacket (similar here and budget option here), Urban Outfitters Tinted Sunglasses, and a Lulu’s Ring Bag (shop similar here and here)
Shop the Look:
It’s no secret for those of you who follow me, that I love supporting up-and-coming brands and designer labels with a unique directional, and fashion forward vision rather than already established ones. The problem with the latter is that they innovate very little, since theywould rather go for the safe bet: being sales and growth driven, whereas up and coming labels such as Jacquemus, Beaufille, and Monse amongst many others bring fresh and new ideas to the table. Because they are relatively new, they are much more genuine and fearless in what they create. Furthermore, perhaps they are even more naive and idealistic in what they do, since they are in search of their true identity. Even Jacquemus has confessed doing what makes him happy and staying free, rather than becoming a huge label. If you ask me, I think that is the key to success, i.e. being yourself and doing what you love, rather than concentrating yourself on what is on demand or will generate sales. Perhaps there has to be a bit of a mixture. However, a sales driven approach shouldn’t control the creative process.
In 2008, on a trip to Berlin, I went to a really amazing Dalí exhibition and one of his quotes written in huge letters on the walls went something similar to “Do what you love/follow your passions and money/success will follow”. I think rising designers who have gained notoriety do this and it is exactly their authenticity what makes them stick out from the rest.
Now to the outfit: This Sandy Liang open back shirt is one of those pieces you know you’ll love and wear forever, since it is at first glance a normal shirt, but it has a unique twist on the back. It’s definitely a showstopper and at the same time practical. That’s the best kind of investment piece, if you ask me.
How about you? Do you guys prefer the traditional labels or do you also tend to like more fashion forward contemporary labels? Let me know your thoughts on the comments below. x