When Michael Kors showed a fur wrap over a cashmere sweater for Spring - Spring! - it made me pause. If nothing else, it underscores the way climate change has affected the fashion seasons. Fall now starts later, spring earlier. Throw in mega-storms, a vortex or five and freakish bouts of spring in mid-winter and cold spells when we should be sweltering; it's clear that what you need in your closet to suit the weather and feel appropriate socially is far different than it used to be. Which few understand better, I would argue, than The Row, designed by the Olsen twins.
They focus on interesting, tschochke-free lines that put the wearer's creativity, especially at accessorizing, front and center. Fall 2014 features exquisite "900-gram double-face cashmere" which they built the collection around - and rightfully so. Too often, fabrics take a back seat to concerns of being "on-trend" and of-the-minute...meaning within about five of them, they will not longer be. Before the days of fast fashion, people wore clothing that they or someone else had made by hand, so thought was given before fabric was cut, as these choices would be part of one's wardrobe for quite a while.
The Row, it seems to me, has this kind of old-school same mindset. There are no annoying logos or other brand signatures cluttering up the visuals - just clean design. Made from exquisite fabric. True luxury. The thoughtfulness that underscores this type of design process, in my book, that's eco. Yes, eco.
Why? There's more to "being eco" than Ed-Begley'ing at full volume and zooming about town (smugly) in a Prius. Rather, appreciating the resources we have and using them thoughtfully is a deeper layer of being eco. Finding lasting to solutions to anything - your jetsetting, seasonless lifestyle included - requires some hard thinking about exactly what you need and the results, because they're more hardwon, are more satisfying.
How this relates to the Supremium fashion tribe is the subject of today's podcast - Episode 73: Cashmere for Spring & Other Sartorial Tales of the Rich 'n Famous.
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott