Today, Simon Porte Jacquemus presented a 65-look unisex collection on a hot pink runway in Provence. He opted to show outside the normal fashion calendar, between the end of Men’s Fashion Week in Paris and the beginning of Paris Haute Couture Week, a fitting deviation from the norm to celebrate the brand’s 10th anniversary. Now that I’ve gotten all the essential bits out of the way, I hope you don’t mind if I shout this next part: THE STYLING WAS SO GOOD. SO. GOOD.
It was, in fact, a veritable pastel dreamboat of proportional, wizardly, delectable pairings, shape revelations, and cases made for the elusive board short cum culotte hybrid. A reminder that the collections shown in early summer—whether resort or men’s spring or haute couture—are routinely some of the most compelling.
What is it about this time of year that draws out creativity so acutely? I’m getting ahead of myself! Please scroll for a rundown of summer outfit strategies courtesy of a field of lavender gorgeous enough to make me relish each inevitable sneeze.
1. The Perfect Not-Too-Basic Black-Tie Ensemble
If you find the usual black-tie fare of midi dresses and the occasional cool suit tiresome, feast your eyes upon this alternative courtesy of Jacquemus: a lace tunic layered over white trousers and an oversized coordinated blazer. Dare I call it the perfect marriage of sensual (see: lace tunic) and masculine (see: trousers and blazer)? I do dare, yes. Speaking of marriage, someone needs to plan a ceremony so I can wear this ASAP.
2. The Excuse to Skip the Tailor and Keep Your Pants a Little Long
Roll ’em up, babycakes! Your pants, I mean, but if you thought I was talking about pizza slices I’m comfortable with you doing both in tandem. As for the pants, though, please do pair them in all their cuffed glory with some stodgy-looking sandals and a button-down shirt layered with an anorak. Don’t have an anorak? Me neither, but I plan on searching for one the rest of the day so I can recreate this outfit before the summer is over. I’m currently eyeing this one from ALEXACHUNG’s collaboration with Barbour and invite your pupils to join mine.
3. The Playdate With Proportions
This outfit exemplifies one of my favorite adages to embrace while getting dressed: opposites attract, so why not let them do exactly that, hmm!? Pair a tight shirt with a too-big blazer. Pair short shorts with high platforms. You get the gist. It’ll work like a charm you might find in a bowl of cereal that’s shaped like a rainbow and tastes like a marshmallow, I guarantee it.
4. The Inside-Out Approach to Layering
Whilst convention dictates that a pullover sweater should be pulled over the button-down shirt you are conceivably wearing with it, Jacquemus demonstrates that convention rarely leads to the most exciting outcome. Not only is this switcheroo cool by virtue of simply being different, but it also gets bonus points for making the styling of the outfit more visible and therefore enjoyable. What would have been covered up is made better by being visible instead, and that is a metaphor for L-I-F-E, my friends.
5. The Best Outfit Since Sliced Bread
As promised, the aforementioned board short cum culotte hybrid, styled with a knit tank, a colorful cargo jacket, and strappy sandals. I want nothing more than to copy-paste the whole thing upon myself and wear it until I meet my maker, but first let’s talk about what makes it work so well. There’s a lot going on, both proportion-wise and saturation-wise, and yet it doesn’t feel like “too much,” likely because the color palette is so synchronized. In other words, it’s an utterly unique, non-obvious outfit composed of things that look like they should obviously go together, which is what I would consider the holy grail of designations. Scroll for the biggest treat of all, though: a necklace-ized version of Jacquemuss signature baby bag.
What are your thoughts on the collection? I’m dying to talk about it with someone! Anyone! Mom?
Photos via Vogue Runway.