Favreau: Form & Fabrics: Experimentation

Wizards aren’t the only things that will be shape shifting this Halloween weekend. Designers are finding new ways to mold, blend, and cut textiles to give new life into traditional garments. By doing so, they have brought enchantment and intrigue to their collections. This manipulation has empowered brands to create solid reputations for their abilities to transform and repurpose clothes into works of art.

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Alexander McQueen used a Tim Burton-esque novelty with leather and mesh paneled blazer and leather duo-toned skirt to execute the spirit of misunderstood and dark romance. Comme des Garçons played with an intense, and captivating use of scarlett red that can seduce even the most timid of stylistas. The tension of the soft, delicate dresses adorned with shredded, long fringes is an ideal mix of femininity and chaos.

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Issey Miyake vibrant blue long cardigan

Issey Miyake has made pleating into a specialized work of art. This fabric morphing is lightweight and enables the wearer to move with incredible ease. His pleating technique, which was introduced in 1989, has become an integral part of his brand and has won the respect and admiration of women everywhere. His technique includes using an oversized piece of cloth was cut and sewn into the shape of the desired clothing, the sandwiched between two layers of washi paper and fed into a heat press. This process retains the pleats permanently into the clothing’s fibers.

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Etro crinkle silk athletic inspired jacket

Etro used crinkled fabric for this iridescent purple silk jacket. The process to achieve this look requires the gathering or stitching oversized fabric when damp, it is then processed through heat and pressure. The random fabric crinkle gives into the punk-chic aesthetic, which can be paired with a simple black dress. Fabrics that are usually crinkled are lightweight and colorful, to show the dimensions and purposefulness of the garments.

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Dolce and Gabbana elastic waist pencil skirt

Dolce and Gabbana silver and aquamarine jacquard brocade skirt is a beautiful combination of fabric experimentation and intense craftsmanship. The Jacquard process includes a fabric woven on a jacquard loom, which allows individual control on interlacing of up to several hundred-warp threads that can give birth to innumerable unique patterns. This silver raised pattern shows accentuates that multiple shades of green to add depth and complexity to an outfit.

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Vintage Abby Kanak ruffled cocktail dress

This Abby Kanak brick red cocktail dress has taken ribbons of fabric, to sew and gather them into unique and spiral patterns. This exclusive hand-detail adds dimension to the garment, and to the chambray-style body.

It is incredibly easy to pair any of these garments with a pair of simple black pumps, a light blazer for a night on the town with your friends.

Ciao,

Maxime

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Twitter: @maximefav

(Photography by Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR)

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Favreau: Form & Fabrics: Suiting up

With the surge of powerful women in television shows such as Olivia Pope in Scandal, designers have given the women’s pant suit a new voice. Ralph Lauren welcomes this change by using unexpected materials and designing a well-tailored suit in plum velour, crochet black edging, and matching bell-bottom trousers.  Christian Dior used colour blocking and accentuates a woman’s hourglass figure by using their 1950’s “New Look” style.

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In the past when I need to look both chic and authoritative, I have always turned to the pant suit. This feminine twist on an androgynous outfit made me stand out  whether it is at weddings, parties, or even at school. This outfit also gave a sense of fashion rebellion; it made me cool to hang out with guys, party with the girls, and challenged the very idea of what is feminine.

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Then, of course, there is the Chanel skirt suit. It was originally made with Scottish tweed in the 1920s, and since then has catapulted the fashion brand into an international powerhouse. The suit used masculine features, but was tailored for a woman that led an active lifestyle, all tied into a sleek and sophisticated look. Bianca Jagger, another style icon of the 1970s, opted to wear a Le Smoking Jacket by YSL and matching floor length skirt for her wedding to Mick Jagger. Her bold choice challenged a deeply-rooted traditional view-point on wedding gowns, and showed women worldwide that style is about pushing boundaries.

At THECloset YVR shoppers will find a tactile array of fabrics to satisfy their sense of touch.

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DSquared2 tartan pant set

This beautiful wool blend DSquared2 tartan pant suit is a perfect transition into your fall wardrobe.  Its fit forming jacket and straight leg trousers can easily be worn from a meeting at the office to lunch with the girls.

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Courreges & Co vintage skirt set

Let’s bring summer back with this Courreges and Co. yellow twill weave pattern, with matching skirt will get you excited and ready for the warm weather, long days at the beach, and sitting on patios with friends.

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Ted Lapidus vintage skirt set

This Ted Lapidus aquamarine wool-blend suit is ideal for women who love to bring beautifully, rich and colorful pieces to their everyday wardrobe.

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Lida Baday skirt set

If you’re looking to turn heads this weekend, this Lida Baday bouclé tweed is meant for you. The assortment of colors woven into the fabric and beautifully designed blazer and skirt can help you push those style boundaries with an ease of comfort and motion.

Ciao,

Maxime

Website: www.maximefavreau.com
Twitter: @maximefav

(Photography by Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR)

Favreau: Form & Fabrics: Tartan

Ever since I was a child, I’ve taken a liking to all things British. Whether it was the red double decker buses, maps of the London Underground, afternoon tea, or bowler hats, if it was British, I liked it. Therefore my fondness for tartan may not come as a surprise.

Tartan was originally from Scotland dating back to the third or fourth century. It was originally hand woven, locally sourced patterns that were made up of interlocking stripes running in both the warp and weft of the fabric. Although there is no general symbolic meaning to this fabric, tartan patterns and colors represent several different Scottish clans and families. In the eighteenth century it was highly popularized in the Scottish Highland culture as a form of rebellion against the British government.

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Since then, Tartan has made its way down from the Highlands and onto the runways. The most notable incorporation of tartan into its branding has been Burberry. Their trademark pattern of beige, white, black and red has been lining their trench coats since the 1920s, and has been plastered onto almost anything you can imagine. Tartan has become extremely versatile; one of my favorites was Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter-2006/07 collection where he gave a tartan dress a feminine, punk twist with tulle under layer, and a pilgrim-style belt. Not only can tartan be used to represent a punk aesthetic, it can be easily used for a preppy look, mixing with different patterns, and if you’re looking for an alternative to a pair of black trousers.

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We, at THECloset YVR have some suggestions for you!

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Image 1 (T, L): This beautiful pink tartan Gucci dress with gold buttons can be worn underneath a blazer for a meeting at work, then worn with heels and stocking for late drinks with the girls.

Image 2 (B, L): Although black trousers are a staple is anyone closet, it’s time to spice things up and add a little color. These Deni Cler pants are perfect for when you’re looking for that statement outfit piece.

Image 3 (B, R): Men, don’t think we forgot about you! This Chester Barry Men’s blazer will give that “Ivy-league” style.

Image 4 (T, R): Be prepared for the rain this weekend with this red Max Mara trench coat with beige tartan lining.

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I’m sure that most ladies, like myself, can agree that we can never have enough jackets. This red and white tartan Armani blazer with gold button cuffs is ideal for a flash of color during these grey winter months.

Ciao,

Maxime

Website: www.maximefavreau.com
Twitter: @maximefav

Favreau: Form & Fabrics: Winter Knits

The art of knitting was once an incredibly skilled and lengthy process that required patience and commitment, but due to advancements in technology it has easily become accessible to create and customize knit garments.

As the air becomes crisp, and the leaves are brown it is time for us to bundle up in our warm and comfortable knits. Although we may be quick to assume that knit sweaters may only be bulky, uncomfortable, or itchy.  Luckily fashion designers have reinterpreted to be lightweight, figure-flattering, and versatile. This includes multicolored appliques, crochets, and textile blends.  The fashion industry, and designers alike are seeing bloggers and streetstyle stars easily pairing a feminine pieces with knits and challenging the expected fashion norms. The fashion power house, Gucci showcased a Margot Tenenbaum aesthetic mixed in their Fall 2015 Ready-to-wear collection with silk pastel blouses, boldly colored skirt, paired with a knit grey sweater vest.

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On the other hand Trussardi took a chunkier two-toned knit sweater and gave it a rock-and-roll makeover for their Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 collection. This look showed how easy it would be to curl up in a sweater, all while being able to meet at the cafe with friends. Although at first I was a bit skeptical of mixing the formal and feminine with, the casual and conservative I quickly changed my tune when I witnessed how my outfits were more colorful and versatile!

Here are some suggestions for you to create stylish ensembles – all currently available at THECloset YVR in Gastown.

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Available at THECloset YVR: Georges Rech turtleneck with floral imagery, Giorgio Armani grey vest, Marc Jacobs black and grey sweater, Red Valentino orange crocheted cardigan.

Ciao,

Maxime

Website: www.maximefavreau.com
Twitter: @maximefav