style brick road: A Jacket Patchtato

Sunday, 5 October 2014

A Jacket Patchtato

It's funny that when you're sad and lonely you have more time to create with bunch of ideas and inspirations, but when you're surrounded with tons of people and you have a big ol' smile on your face, none of the above really comes to mind. That's exactly what I've been experiencing these last few days/weeks, sitting down by the computer and trying to whip up a paragraph or two, to express how I feel and what's on my mind. Apparently - nothing is. Or should I say, was.

Editing my CV, finally creating my online portfolio (YAAAY!) and trying to get my head around finding my London career has both taken so much time and soul, but somehow made me sit by my computer a bit more and pushed me in a creative direction. It may be the fact that I already have an assignment or two I have to do for my classes, and that creative thinking is some kind of a wheel-system - one starting another, and so on, in a chain reaction. Nevertheless, it's not important how or why (because if you doubt it, you may scare it and it goes away!), but I finally (probably for the first time since I came to London) had a proper need to express myself through this wonderful platform that's almost 3 years old. 

Digging into my chest of unpublished photos and inspiring digital scrapbooks created some kind of obsession with patchwork. I already screamed on the inside when I realised how many pieces of clothing with these elements were back home in Zagreb, just waiting for me to use them. But as it always is - certain situations are here to make you dig deeper and put more thought and gray brain-cells into creating something interesting. 

That idea of certain kind of self-recycling played a huge part in Christopher Shannon's SS13 collection, playing of the idea on men and DIY. Fun and rough, yet somehow polished, the story was rendered in beautiful textiles and colours, with a standout piece in the form of a statement patchwork jacket. Fleeing away from the 70's home-y chic and heading into a super-contemporary direction were Phillip Lim and Donna Karan (for DKNY) when they both showed a easy-going twist on the patchwork denim. 

Fast-forward to SS15, and you get a full-on collection from the uncrowned king of patchwork denim - Junya Watanabe himself, the designer that had priorly put plaid and denim on all those fashionistas that would usually never think of doing so. His menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2015 was based on a Japanese work uniform and developing that image through deconstruction and reconstruction of textiles. Once again, it was primarily the deconstructive element you saw, but looking up close - it was all immaculately finished. The most recent of the successful attempts on patching up denim was MM6, Maison Martin Margiela's diffusion line. Their NYC show was all about going back to 90's when bandana tops and ripped-and-patched jeans were the rage, and bringing it back to today - more sophisticated, more modern. It's that weird mixture of Britney Spears, Leandra Medine and Jessica Simpson creating a f***-you personality that has ah-mazing taste in clothes. Yes, there were suede chaps involved - but cowgirl references were as blurred as possible, due to amazing choice of materials and creative silhouette solutions. 

The bandana reference of the MM6 show was where I went with my outfit - giving a more straightforward approach to cowboys, but those with a softer, more feminine touch. Long cardigans and man-buns is everything I currently love, and putting all that together with the staple piece of my wardrobe (aka the patchtato jacket), it just felt good. Right and good.
Junya Watanabe SS15 photos by Marie-Amélie Tondu for Dazed Digital
MM6 SS15 photo by Paolo Musa for Dazed Digital
Wearing vintage denim patchwork jacket, Unif t-shirt, H&M cardigan and black jeans (find similar jeans from 7 For All Mankind), Asos ankle cowboy boots (find similar boots), bandana from eBay, Carolina Herrera for Target bag, Sheriff & Cherry sunglasses, vintage Seiko watch, and Giles & Brother bracelet (find it here)