Trendspotting: An Alternative Approach to Self-Portrait
Autumn/Winter is a season of change. Despite the fact we no longer receive a luxurious six-week break, there is still an unshakeable ‘back to school’ feeling. Maybe it’s the change in the weather. Maybe it’s the new season clothes. Maybe it’s just habit. Regardless of the cause, September feels like a watershed in the year, leaving us with an opportunity for change and reinvention. As knitwear and puffer jackets fill our ‘New In’ page, it’s new season Self-Portrait that has caught our attention.
Debuting the AW19 collection at New York fashion week in February it was clear Self-Portrait had changed, still with same lacey undertones, but with a new outlook. A more grown-up, sophisticated vision was presented; Huang Chong's designs were chicer than before. The collection leaned away from the overly decadent, embellished and extravagant designs we’re used to seeing, making way for something for the present-day Self-Portrait wearer. There were lurex tops layered with dresses, and off the shoulder jumpsuits that made use of Chong’s passion for collage sans crochet.
With reinvention running through the collection and September embodying that spirit we’ve put together a few 'alternative' Self-Portrait looks. Yes, you can wear any of the items with a fabulous pair of heels and look pretty as a peach (but you don’t need us to tell you how to do that). To take advantage of your new season mindset we thought we’d challenge the status quo with Self-Portrait looks with a difference.
This look is versatile, yet gives Self-Portrait a casual edge. Usually associated with formalwear, repurposing a lacey mini dress into an everyday outfit allows you to get more wear out of your most coveted pieces. By pairing the dress with simple, classic accessories you can take a more creative approach with the footwear; we’d choose a fun Golden Goose sneaker to create the ultimate running around town outfit.
Layering is the key to navigating the weather at this time of year. Combining different fabrics in the same shade creates interest within the outfit: think about mixing crepe, glittery lurex and washed grey denim. The high-low mix of a tailored jacket and denim cut-offs give the outfit that ‘just thrown on’ appeal. To complete the look I added sneakers and a backpack for practicality and elevated the ears with something sparkly in the form of Isabel Marant earrings and voila – the ultimate alternative Self-Portrait look.
These lacey shorts immediately caught our attention. They’re elegant, pretty, deceptively comfortable and go with everything. Pairing them with an ultra-casual outfit makes for a more interesting way of wearing them ( as previously discussed, they’d, of course, look fabulous with a blouse and heels) but adding a Burberry graphic tee and throwing an alexander wang hoodie around the shoulders turns this little pair of inconspicuous shorts into something more playful.