I’ve always thought that manuals and articles on “dressing your age” are not cool. I don’t like how they are so limiting of the choices of clothing one can wear and it gives a false justification of what a person of a certain age should look. Thankfully, we now live in an age where there are people who care less about prevailing “fashion rules” that almost every publication purposively impose on our minds. We are F R E E (although, we have to admit not entirely) to wear whatever we want! Today, there are a growing number of people who think independently with regards to the clothes they wear for the main purpose of pursuing their personalities. This week we discuss the ~cool~ trend of kids wearing their grandmas’ clothing, and grandmas wearing their kids’ clothing.
Let us start with the quintessential example of the age-defying, millennial granny Baddiewinkle (real name: Helen Van Winkle). Known for her youthful play on dressing, the face of Dimepiece has about 1.6 million followers on Instagram. She’s also had photos with Nicole Richie, has spoken on the phone with Drake, and has promoted the MTV VMA’s with Miley Cyrus. In an interview she had for Refinery 29, she described her style as “keeping up with the times”. More than that, Baddiewinkle’s way of dressing has always been an avenue for her to cope up with the difficulties of life. She has always been brave in doing the things she loves without regard for other people’s opinions on what old should look like. She does so whether in her famous tie-dye shirts or in her kanye-eating- ice cream sweatshirt.
Several fashion campaigns by big brands have also featured mature women. There was Joan Didion for Celine, Cher for Marc Jacobs, and Linda Rodin for the Row.
On the other spectrum, kids are crossing age borders by dressing beyond their years. At the beginning of 2015, a lot of celebrities, including Rihanna, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kylie Jenner, and Zosia Mamet have dyed their hair grey. Marga Esquivel, an up and coming Filipino model in the international fashion arena, has been sporting this shade for quite some time. She has even been dubbed by Vogue.com as the model with “scene-stealing hair at Gucci Resort.” The 11 year old Tavi Gevinson is the most classic example of this phenomenon. In 2008, all of fashion looked towards the style prodigy as she wore the chunkiest of sweaters and the thickest of glasses. The industry’s fascination of Tavi grew out of her inclination towards clothes that drove away from her youth when everyone else wanted to look their youngest.
Style knows no age and knows no boundaries. If you want to wear anything, JUST DO IT!
Ever since I visited South Korea last year, I’ve been interested with their pop culture, especially when it comes to their youth’s fashion ideals. Walking through the streets of Incheon and Seoul, you’ll encounter a lot of great styles and outfits that are simple yet very eye-catching as well as fashion forward. But one particular thing that really caught my attention was how couples dressed.
Korean couples seem to coordinate their outfits so well. I did some online research and found that couples usually match their wardrobes during special occasions such as their anniversary or Valentine’s Day. Some even do it whenever they go out together and that could be on a daily or weekly basis. Although, matching outfits are not just for couples in love, close best friends can also try to dress alike.
What’s cool about this trend is that it’s not really about couples wearing the exact same t-shirt or hat, but it’s more of creating a harmonious aesthetic whilst featuring identical or similar pieces to show public display of affection. In other words, it’s not just matching outfits, it’s more of matching styles.
And to think that this sort of thing is very normal in South Korea fascinates me because here in the Philippines [and probably in some countries in the West], if you decide to match outfits with your significant other, people may deem you as “the weird and crazy couple that’s too obsessed with each other”. Unlike in South Korea, it’s such a natural thing to want to dress alike that no one would ever judge you if you do.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t match outfits just because you’re afraid of what other people might say! If you want to show off your relationship by being fashion forward, then go ahead! Odds are someone out there will notice how cute you guys look!
Here is Refinery29’s short documentary on Korean Couples fashion:
And here are some of my favorite couple outfits I found online:
- Reign Gonzales
for photo sources, refer to: www.pinterest.com/rrrreign/couplez
Great minds think alike and when it comes to the fashion world, two designers creatively working together may produce some of the best and most eclectic pieces to date. Meet some of our favorite designer duos:
Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte
Despite not graduating with a degree in fashion, Kate and Laura have been reigning in the fashion scene for quite a time now. (Kate graduated with a degree in art history while Laura majored in English literature. ) The sisters are known for reinventing classic silhouettes. For instance, the designers have utilized meticulous fabrics fashioned with touches of Van Gogh (as seen on its Spring 2012 collection). 2005 was the year the sisters took their chance in the fashion by flying from California to New York bringing with them only 10 finished pieces. Shortly thereafter, their work was featured on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. What sets them apart from other designers out there is their ability to confer a sense of toughness to their designs – one that is neither affirming of snobbishness or detachment, but of a sense of empowerment. This is a reason why cool girls Tavi Gevinson, Elle Fanning, and Kirsten Dunst are huge fans of the brand.
Rodarte was named after the maiden name of the duo’s mother.
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor and Rolf
Call them the reincarnation of the great Dali if you will, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are unmistakably the most talented surrealists in the fashion industry. The Dutch designers graduated from Netherland’s Arnhem Academy of Art Design in 1922, and they have since then opened up the world of the imaginary. Collections on Knight’s armor, on elegant tulle dresses with huge holes on them, or the pillow dress have been seen on the runway. Their most recent couture collection is arguably their best when the two attempted to address the need to consider fashion as a significant art form. Whether their attempt may be successful or not to one’s opinion, one thing’s for sure – they make quite an impression.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler
Years before Proenza Schouler has become the Proenza Schouler, Lazaro Hernandez sent a note to Anna Wintour when the former knew he was riding in the same flight as her. What a sweet sort of serendipity it is as one can only ponder at how massively acclaimed the brand is today, not only to the eyes of the great Anna. Proenza Schouler is yet another brand named after the maiden name of the designers’ mothers. The brand has constantly shuddered fashion experts with their expert skills in tailoring and in the understanding of the human silhouettes. Many critics have heralded their graduate collection from Parsons as one done by designers years into the business, not ones by students. If you still don’t feel convinced at their prowess in clothing: Here’s what Nicole Phelps (Style.com) said on their Fall 2015 collection
“The designers' work over the last few years has felt very process-oriented, you can see the hand in the clothes…”
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli
When a big name such as Valentino Garavani has just left the position of creative director of an influential brand, it is hard to find someone to maintain the success of such a brilliant artist. Lucky for the people in Valentino, they found not one but two cool people to keep the spirit of effortless glamour exuded by the brand. Pierpaolo Piccioli and . Maria Grazia Chiuri both came from the Instituto Europeo di Design of Rome and first started their adventures with brand in its accessories department. A distinct trait of the two is their excellent ability in enhancing the female body while maintaining the image Garavani has established for the brand years before. One can see how multi-faceted yet cohesive Valentino collections have become since they started, and this says a lot about how they are a perfect fit for the brand.
Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’ Almeida
If you’ve been wondering where all the hullabaloo on shredded denim has been coming from, blame the most recent winners of the LVMH. Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida braced and faced the judgments of Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo (of Celine), Raf Simons (former creative director of Dior) , Riccardo Tisci (Creative director of Givenchy), Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Anderson, and more. The two met while studying in a fashion school at Portugal, but it was only when they started studying Fashion MA in Central Saint Martins did they establish their duo. The brand is known for their tasteful deconstruction of fabrics and meticulously distressed clothing. Their aesthetic is praised by the whole industry and the two have received numerous recognitions from many publications. Marques’ Almeida is definitely a brand to watch out for.