I Loved Monse Spring 2017
Can we intellectualize our relationship with loving something?
In trying to understand the thought process that drives me to get dressed, and that draws me to what I love, sometimes I wonder whether I'm missing the mark. What if it's really the emotional process I'm after? What if, rather that thinking our way to a sense of style, our job is to feel our way there? The Monse Spring 2017 left me thinking this because, truthfully, I couldn't quite understand what I loved about the clothes, but I loved them. Not some of them. All of them. There was creative spark, an intuitive understanding of women, how we move, what we want, and a lot of really beautiful clothing (the shoes were great too).
Jorge Luis Borges has said "For me, beauty is a physical sensation, something we feel with our whole body. It is not the result of judgement. We do not arrive at it by way of rules. We either feel beauty or we don't."
Borges sentiment provides some insight into one of my longstanding issues with supporting sustainable brands. Namely, if I don't love the clothes, I can't get myself to buy them. I can't rationalize my way to the checkout even if the brand is conscious and thoughtful and genuinely deserves my support, financial and otherwise. For this reason, time and time again, I have arrived at a broader, more inclusive, and more empowering (I think) definition of sustainability: buy what you love.
And what's not to love about this!
Monse has been playing with the principles of classic shirting and suiting since their Fall 2016 Collection. Above left, a white shirt (which to me embodies the essence of style) is paired with a pinstripe pant. The high waist of the pant and bare shoulder provide an unexpected and original spark to an outfit that has been worn in some form or another (by women and men) for decades. On the right, a feminine take on pinstripe.
Sequins and stripes, used alternatingly in a palette of blues and beiges.
!!! Khaki perfection. I never thought I'd type such a thing as the last time I wore khaki I was still shopping at the Limited Too. It's never been particularly flattering on me- usually because the weight of the fabric requires attention to cut that, really, brands are not paying these days. This is a notable exception.
A couple of the full length looks. I love stripe on stripe and the slope on the bodice and arms of the black top on the right. Also, black silk pants are always a good idea.
Did you enjoy Monse as much as I did?