style brick road: August 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

To Sport or Not To Sport?

Middle-aged people get all funky just because they wasn't funky in high school. I do a similar thing - I'm right now acting all sporty-jock - just because I've never been one. Like, ever.
Yes, I did a lot of sports, tried a whole lot of them. Some stuck a bit more, some faded super-quickly. And the one I stuck on the longest, most of you wouldn't even call a sport. But it is. Acrobatic rock'n'roll is a full-blooded sport, one that's even part of the Croatian Olympic Committee. I've done quite well in that particular sport - 9 years, tens of medals & trophies, more than hundreds of national & international competitions. At one point, I even won the World Cup with my partner Ariana and we were marked first on the ranking list of my category. And no - this really isn't a bragging moment, just a 'quick' intro into the point of saying - I'm really not a sporty person. And I'll probably definitely never be one. And that's probably the reason why I'm enjoying wearing sportswear inspired clothes lately. The unfulfilled dreams and tendencies. I'm even thinking of applying for a cricket team at The University of Arts London - god, I'm desperate. You reckon I try it?

So, for all of the anti-jock guys & gals - here's a bunch of inspiring (at least to me) pics we'll never come close to look like and a few set of looks that anyone can do. Here's to those who are better in picking running shoes that running in them! 
Thrifted baseball jersey, Vešmašina Vintage jumper, thrifted 80's style shorts (find similar shorts), Asiscs gel noosa trainers, United Colors of Benetton cap (find similar cap) and a Casio gold watch (find similar watch)

Grandad's white shirt (find similar shirt), Zara shorts (find similar shorts), vintage adidas Originals jersey, Sheriff & Cherry sunglasses, ebay bandana, Nike blazer trainers, Giles & Brother bracelet and a Daniel Wellington watch (find similar watch)

Wearing New Yorker basketball jersey & top underneath, Nike Air Max Lunar 1 (thanks to Nike), adidas football shorts, Daniel Wellington watch, Kenzo cap and a Rebecca Minkoff backpack

Friday, 22 August 2014

Dreaming Extreme

Pyjamas seemed as quite an appropriate attire for this post - after what one would call my final summer holiday and I'd probably call my summer hibernation. After oh so symbolically - it feels kinda tough getting out of my jammies after 2 weeks of 'sleeping'. That's probably why I'm not doing it just yet. A week of camping in Budapest (YAY for everyone who were at Sziget Festival!!) and getting quite annoyingly sick in the summer (just because it's so very mainstream to catch a cold in the winter) it was quite a process making myself open and start writing. Mostly annoying to myself, I honestly haven't been feeling it for the past few weeks and I'm quite sure it shows. I've got only 2 more weeks in Croatia and then it all goes up in the air and to the west! My new beginning is just around the corner and mentioning this in all of my recent-ish post must have been annoying - but it really helps me get over it.

A different, fashion new beginning was brought up to high-profile in June - when the Italian underwear magnate La Perla re-launched their menswear line and showed the very high-fashion collection during Spring/Summer 2015 Pitti Uomo menswear shows in Florence (and later through their lookbook featuring the stunning Alex Cunha). After a hiatus of luxe menswear underwear & PJs on the runways, it was quite refreshingly seeing a somewhat hybrid of men's lingerie couture. Pyjamas took places of tuxedos and robes came in place of coats - it all seemed like a giant fashion mish-mash but it all worked on the runway - and most definitely works outside of it. Taking the inspiration from the world under the water, Emiliano Rinaldi, the new creative director of the brand,  showed a completely new aesthetic of pyjamas being quite appropriate and definitely luxurious enough for a midnight soirée in a restaurant. Very reminiscent of 20's - when cocktail pyjamas and pyjama parties were a real thing. God, how I'd pay to go back to that time.

However, the PJ look was quite present in the womenswear department for quite some time now - back in the first half of the 20th century, Claudette Colbert became responsible of putting the spotlight on fabulous night uniform in the 1934 hit-comedy It Happened One Night, playing a role of a posh heiress opposite Clark Gable. It would be quite ridiculous not consider her wearing a pair of men's PJs groundbreaking - even before Katherine Hepburn wore pants. Her look became so recognisable she wore a red pair on her 1945 then-blockbuster 'Guest Wife'. I'd call that a very immaculately done signature-look.
And while talking about signature looks, night twinset has become one for one contemporary creative genius - Marc Jacobs. This American designers gave brilliant looks donning pyjamas both in his designs and his own looks - with his darling Sofia Coppola at the 2013 Met Gala & taking a bow after his fabulous shows. That's a showman with a sense of humour and it's not hard to tell.

My own take on the theme (oh how I'm dying for being invited to the Met gala or even just any kind of themed costume fashion party - literally ANY) was taken both literally and in metaphor from my recent affairs - clothes I've been wearing all the time like my Zara pants and stuff I'm yet to wear like the H&M cardigan. PJs have always been that way for me - something new and something worn out. That's just how it goes in life. PS. It's cold so forgive the warm and comfy socks.
Runway & backstage photos from Garconjon & Nowfashion
H&M cardigan, vintage pyjama top, Zara floral trousers, Sherriff & Cherry sunglasses, Marc by Marc Jacobs wool socks, InstyleX brogues, Daniel Wellington watch, Etoile de Mer wool bracelet