Inspiration & Aspiration; Alexa Androgyny

Inspiration Outfit; Alexa Chung at London Fashion Week

 Alexa Chung is a style icon who embodies classic vintage tailoring, the essence of her personal style is reminiscent of sixties tailoring and this outfit is the perfect example of this. Fur and Cigarette pants are two pieces that are timeless in fashion. I love the colour palette of this outfit, the richness of fur compliments the richness of the deep velvet trousers beautifully. This outfit exemplifies one of my favourite trends in vintage fashion, androgyny.  
 In recent years women’s fashion embracing masculinity more than ever before. Some of the most sought after items were adaptation of men’s pieces; the oversized boyfriend watch, wax jackets and oversized granddad cardigans have become staples in women’s wardrobes. Tailoring has become a prominent trend with structured blazers, crisp collars and peg leg trousers. Designers such as Christian Dior in his AW’12 collection and Chloé, DSquared and Michael Kors from preceding seasons are all embracing masculinity.
In the sixties, Yves Saint Laurent was pioneering in that a strong, elegant androgynous aesthetic imbued his collections. The essence of sixties androgyny is captured in a renowned photograph of Bianca Jagger’s YSL wedding outfit. Kim Basinger depicted the extent to which one can embrace the style in an incredibly sexual manner in famous beach scene of 9 ½ weeks. Women are undoubtedly inspiring in the extent to which they can embrace their figure while dressing up in a flattering, perfectly shaped dress. However, it is far more chic, and quite often more sexual, to see a confident femme dressed in a well fitted androgynous outfit that looks more Humphrey Bogart, relative to Marilyn Monroe.

Sixties Inspiration
Patti Smith // Audrey Hepburn // Edie Sedgwick // Biance Jagger

The trend, albeit ever-present, evolved anew in AW ’11. Chanel models walked the ramp this show season in a mens suit jacket, teamed with slouchy slacks and lace-up working boots, disparate to Coco Chanels power dressing outfits which exalted women’sfemininity. That being said Coco Chanel’s designs were indeed a precursor in adapting the androgynous style into high fashion. She pioneered feminine tailoring and, consequently, liberated women from corsets, a notable innovation for fashion. While Coco led the house of Chanel to exemplify the androgynous style in a men’s-tailoring-yet-still-feminine manner, Lagerfeld brought the trend to a new height, denoting a new aesthetic with the negligence of all things pretty. The past few seasons exemplify a new epochal aesthetic; the new trend shows how women can be dressed in slouchy slacks and oversized knits whilst exerting this persistent sexual confidence.      
While Dolce & Gabanna and Dsquared2 channel the empowered business woman style, Paul Smith and Chanel embody the working-man look where tailoring is relaxed, less lady in the office and more lady on the street. Whilst Paul Smith adopted a masculine preppy style, Dolce & Gabanna, added sensuality to the trend by adding black lace. Stella McCartney produced an impressive line this season teaming oversizedblazers with pretty dresses and oversized knits with baggy pants. Similarly Michael Kors contrasted styles and materials by pairing chunky knits with silk slacks. Alexander Wang, akin to Kors, paired mohair sweaters and silk gowns.
The trend is impressingly provocative, in the most elegant and understated sense, the kind you get away with. It is, however, fraught with potential peril. Be careful not to look too pastiche, the embodiment of the trend must still exert an elegance which befits ones personal style. The androgyny style can be found in two ways; understated yet provocative or classically tailored. Yet, Alexa embodies her very own style of the masculine trend, pretty androgyny. As you can see here, she styles a tailored blouse and trouser outfit with a ladylike longline fur coat and a brooch for an elegant sixties vintage androgyny, like only Alexa can.


Longline Fur Coat, Asos, €141 // Burgundy Trousers, Asos, €48 // Black Clutch, H&M, €14.95 // Susan Caplan for Asos Brooch, €12.50 // White Shirt, H&M, €24.95 // Black Court Heels, River Island, €70
What’s great about this outfit is that it can be easily styled. The above shirt and clutch are from H&M, but for an even smaller budget head to Penneys. You could also look out for a gold brooch and hairband in Penneys. Topshop is great for trousers as well as Asos and you’ll get a great pair for under €50. There are so many fur coats on the high street and fur coat is always going to be an investment, but always remember, if you’re going to fur –it, faux-it.  

This article was written for College Times.ie and can be viewed here.

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2 Comments

  1. December 5, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    This is an amazing article. Looking forward to the next one x

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