Monday, 6 April 2015

In Good Company

Valentino offers a sartorial alternative to your work place wardrobe

Working in a corporate setting often mandates a strictly regulated dress code.  But they do not need to be monochrome and unimaginative. So, trust Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli to transform the workhorse parka into a style statement with graphic patterns and geometric prints.  We can only describe it as “showtime” as the duo turned to Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes for inspiration for their latest collection.

Considered by many to be the greatest theatre producer who ever lived till his death in 1929, the prodigious Russian prompted cultural experimentation and good-natured pomp and flamboyance with spectacles such as The Rite of Spring and Le Spectre de la Rose. Coco Chanel is a BFF, while Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier paid tribute through their fall/winter collections in separate decades.

Cube Mentality

There is a definite buzz of excitement as Diaghilev’s muse Pablo Picasso and Leon Bakst frolic on fabric that highlights blooming flowers decorating typically unadorned lapels.  Australian artist Esther Stewart’s take on patchwork and shapes, in addition to blazers trampled with herringbone skid marks is a triumph in any stifling boardroom. Witness the gorgeous textured jackets that look like axed designs rescued from conservative vaults.

Think intentionally overstated; embrace big coloured-pockets and industrial PVC zippers. We have a soft spot for coats with winterised camo print, its military chic and worth the investment. It strikes an ideal between corporate cool and urban hip. Wear it during outdoor and indoor pursuits alike, or take it to GSC and pretend to be a Slavic Tsar at the Gold Class lounge with your entourage.

Excessive Theatre

The new length for pants still hit just about the ankle; but try also a little drape when paring cigarette trousers with sneakers on a casual Friday – pin-rolling your cuff is so 2014, so consider your options when bearing a little skin.  The Italian label is setting before us an array of cleverly conceived amendments to classics that are useful and utterly desirable.

So, stir up colour-envy by taking the plunge with corporate attire that boasts a trippy Carolina blue trench (with leather and 3M reflective pockets, no less) as your new go-with-anything staple. That’ll show them who’s in charge. Not to mention that Zoolander and Hansen decided to show up during the ladies' show to mix things up a tad.  


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