A pinch of ethnicity #3
For the final entry of the series I’ll focus on the vintage handcrafted patchwork “berbere” belt. The first thing that caught my eye was the variety of colors and detailing: if you thought the tunic was a bold piece, this one definitely takes the crown. The thing is, being an accessory, it has a much smaller impact on the overall ensemble, making it easier to pull off. As belts are usually perceived as a finishing touch or embellishment, they pose the perfect opportunity to add a splash of color and boldness to an outfit; even if you’re wearing a suit, don’t be afraid to tone it down a bit.
Due to its length and marked creases at distinct parts, it’s likely that the original owner wore it tied up at the front or side, letting the long ends drape over the leg. Although this is a great look, here I went for a more usual approach, doubling it through the belt loops and incorporating it into a casual, weekend appropriate look: trim navy bomber jacket, crisp white shirt, slim dark blue jeans, boat shoes and messenger bag. As the belt is a such a bold statement piece by itself, the best way to make it work is to balance the rest of the look, avoiding strong shades or patterns, so as not to go overboard.
Slim navy bomber jacket by Lacoste, white dress shirt by ACNE, dark blue jeans by Levi’s (511 slim - tailored), vintage patchwork moroccan belt, light brown crepe sole boat shoes by Buttero and brown canvas messenger by Zara.
Beyond Fabric suggests…on the cheap edition
A while back my good friend Miguel was going on and on about how fashion was for the wealthy and the myth of an affordable version of it. Designer clothes are indeed expensive: be it due to the materials used, craftsmanship involved, branding or simply the exclusive status they provide to those who wear them.
However, with all the available offerings out there, be them low cost garments, local brands/artisans or the vintage universe, all you need to pull off an original and appealing look “on the cheap”, is creativity.
Miguel challenged me to put up a complete look for under 200€, since he had been struggling with it. It might not be the easiest task if you try to stay away from a head to toe “low cost retailer” ensemble…
This whole look revolves around the vintage Lacoste Harrington Jacket. It was an amazing find at one of my favourite London’s vintage shops: Rokit. I’ve really been into pale colors lately, and this yellow shade is just perfect for Spring; the tartan lining is a great plus. Although I’m a strong supporter that guys should push the boundaries and try new things, sometimes it just feels right to stick to the classics: a basic crewneck tee, chino-like cotton trousers and timeless canvas sneakers.
Pale Yellow Vintage Harrington Jacket by Lacoste - (approx.) 50€ @ Rokit
Heather Plum Crewneck T-Shirt - (approx.) 18€ @ American Apparel
Grey Cotton Structured Trousers - 29,95€ @ Zara
Off White Vans Authentic Canvas Sneakers - (approx.) 45€ @ End Clothing
Hickoree’s Hard Goods Canvas Utility Bag - (approx.) 26€ @ Hickoree’s Hard Goods
Extra details on the vintage jacket
Felipe Oliveira Baptista @ PT Fashion
One of the most hyped Portuguese designers of the moment is definitely Felipe Oliveira Baptista. At the age of 35 the designer, born in Azores but living in Paris for over a decade, has reached the status of most “international” Portuguese designer ever, and the first in charge of a Paris based Couture House. His recent appointment as creative director for Lacoste created quite a buzz, placing him at the center of everyone’s attention. An accomplish in itself, but credit must be given where it’s due: his road so far has been one filled with awards and outstanding creations for such renowned brands as Maxmara, Cerruti or Nike.
During the latest edition of Portugal Fashion happening in Porto, I was fortunate enough to get a glimpse of his latest collection. Despite the fact that it was womenswear, I wanted to post it not only because I absolutely loved it, but also to point out the fact that from now on we’ll be able to get our hands on his menswear creations, straight out of Lacoste. The collection he presented was marked by earthy tones and attention to the female silhouette, whilst incorporating amazing visual details achieved through layers and innovative shapes (achieved through laser cut).
I’m really excited to see what he comes up with in terms of menswear and I suggest you keep an eye out for Lacoste’s upcoming SS 2011 collection! Also I would like to thank João Pedro Vasconcelos and Paulo Gomes for the support during the event.