juxtaposition is a wonderful thing. ask any poet. or artist, or dramatist, or even scientist for that matter. to really highlight the beauty of one thing, or show the plain incongruity of two concepts, simply stick it next to something completely contrasting, and watch sparks fly. the reason why you get so many couture in an abandoned warehouse kind of photoshoots (not that i'm knocking them. just, the idea is more than a little ubiquitous) is because it so simply magnifies the delicate beauty of the dress, by showing it next to something so grotesquely bleak. and i think the same principle really easily applies to dressing oneself: nine times outta ten, that cute little floral number is going to look so much better teamed with that beat-up bomber jacket. call it the alexa chung effect, but fashion now openly embraces the idea of playing around with textures and shapes and styles, and well, the more contrasting the better. take all the print-on-print mixing we saw at the resort presentations, with givenchy, prada and missoni respectively. then think back to the frankly meteoric rise of the more-is-more label meadham kirchhoff. now is the time to mix it up a little. this week, the lovely team at urban outfitters invited me to have a snoop around their new season range in their oxford street flagship, and all i could think about was this idea of contrasting. in a shop that sells adorable pins and needles blouses slap bang next to studded bitching and junkfood hot pants, it's hard not to think about contrast, anyway. i saw an edited selection of their a/w range at their press day a while back, but the full range they've got coming in is definitely worth a look. i fell head over heels in love with two things in particular: their lace pieces (shorts, dress panels, shirts, even underwear) and some of the incredible embellished things they have (like THESE shorts.)
dress, pins and needles at urban outfitters, and shoes, deena & ozzy at urban outfitters (items c/o of urban outfitters)
do you aim for any kind of contrast in your outfits? or do you prefer to stick to one vein?