Blush. And Pleats.
Words you wouldn’t associate with me.
That being said, I’ve had many a sartorial cherry popped on the blog in recent months. There was the affair with florals (a recurring affair, mind you). And a sporadic dalliance with denim, headlining a post or three. Shift dresses, they too have been making the odd appearance on my dance card. So it ought not come as all that much of a shock to (1) witness the debut of a new motif here; (2) be privy to Sheela attempting something completely out of her comfort zone, yet again; and (3) listen to me write in the third person for the umpteenth time GRIN
What can I say?
I’m nothing if not (somewhat) predictable.
In the spirit of predictability, I’ve embraced pleats with heart and soul.
Mind you, I have genuflected upon the tabernacle of Issey Miyake since I was, hmmm, 7 years old, completely enamoured of his deft hand with fabric. Implicitly infatuated with his seemingly magical way of fashioning silhouettes that defied logic, gravity and the norm. He is, after all, master of the new pleat – a method which allowed for both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. Single-handedly reinventing the pleat industry.
Once I got past the initial (
petrified terrified petrified) stage, I was raring to go. And thankful. Yes, thankful, because I found unearthed this exquisite pleated number from the chaotic troves known as my wardrobe. Apparently, I’ve had it for the longest time but, of course, forgot its existence. Which, it would seem, is rather the norm where my clothes and I are concerned.
Want to know a secret?
The blush slip dress? It was initially intended for a completely different project wherein gold was the theme, i.e., it’d play second fiddle to that stunning leather jacket I’ve got on. However, when I saw the photos, I (clearly) had a change of heart. You, slip dress, you take centrestage as you oh so rightly deserve.
You with those delicate cascades of pleats, and that charming asymmetrical hemline. Such an unexpected visual treat. And the colour. Ooh the colour. To think I purchased the Pantone 2016 Colour Of The Year in 2014. Pats shoulder. I’ve never been one to feign coyness. Cough. So here we have it, Sheela’s rendition of pleats, to meet the gauntlet as thrown by Diane (admittedly, I was in despair at first, thinking, “Why, Diane, why why why?”). That’s all water under the bridge now.
I’m certain you’ll agree with me that each and every single one of the Fab 40s completely outdid herself this month. Such a visual treat. There are solids and prints, classics and edgy, and everything in between. Take a look. You be the judge. Let the parade of pretty ladies in pleats commence.
Trust Ann to create something so sassy and fun. The flirty pleated skirt. Those spunky sunnies. And have you seen her Star Wars sneakers?? This woman could wear a paperbag and make it look like the coolest thing to ever walk the planet.
Dawn, you’ve truly upped the ante with this vampy, gorgeous number. Such a difference from the pastel prints and bohemian layers I’ve grown rather accustomed to. And isn’t that the point though? To keep the surprises coming?
Here’s the woman responsible for introducing me to pleats, Diane. Look at how deliciously charming her top is. All that pleated glory in Sky Blue with Red, providing a vibrant contrast against those leather pants.
I adore Jennie. She has an immaculate way of putting pieces together to create completely fresh looks and that’s simply, well, refreshing. Take the crisp button-down with her adorable knife pleated skirt. Again, refreshing.
When it comes to dresses, the crown goes to Mary. She has them in all lengths and styles, and her is definitely the one I covet most this month. From the print to the colours and how beautifully flattering that silhouette is. Sigh.
What a vision of delight Sam is. That wispy top sets her figure and complexion and fiery personality off to perfection, wouldn’t you say? I’m particularly fond of those little accents of red. Pop, pop, pop.
Oh oh oh. Time for our guest blogger!!! Meet Yvonne of Funky Forty. Mosey over there and you’ll instantly see how apt that name is for this lady’s blog. She exudes an irrepressible air of joy, of living life to its absolute fullest. And it’s clear how that trickles into her style. Zesty. Fun. Ever so likeable. Honestly, I can’t quite take my eyes off all her pictures. Yvonne makes every outfit come alive, and that’s a true gift.
And a final look at my outfit. Why? Well, because I think it’s rather nice? I’m not always fond of the outfits I put together, feeling more affection for some than others but this one? This one, I quite love.
Vegan Gold Leather Jacket (Charter Club) | Blush Cami Dress (Lush) | Lace & Leather Leggings (Zara) | Blush Leather Granny Purse (LeiC) | Swarovski Booties (Bakers)
SO, THOSE PLEATS
Would you wear them too?
p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
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