A note from Cherie:
As we head into our summer hiatus I have one last challenge for Amanda and then we are off for the summer. I hope you loved this twist on her regular column and I wanted to take a moment to thank Amanda for all the time and effort she put into her columns since they began. She has a fabulous sense of style and I think we will see big things to come from her.
CHERIE'S STYLING CHALLENGE FOR AMANDA:
This Early 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Wrap Print Skirt & Top Set
WHY IT'S A CHALLENGE:
OK. I have to admit that anything by Yves Saint Laurent is not the toughest thing in the world to style and make look good. Out of the myriad of designers out there, he rarely missed the mark. That said, this piece is way, way better in person and even I was a little disappointed at how it looked on the mannequin. On a lifeless dress form, the skirt looks a little too long, the nipped in feel of the waist isn't conveyed as well as I would like and the pattern and texture doesn't come across as fabulous as it is on person. I needed this to be worn by a real girl so you could see just how sexy that wrap cut is and how fabulous it falls on the body.
HOW AMANDA MET THE CHALLENGE:
Cherie was right! At first glance this two piece 70s Yves Saint Laurent look fell a little flat. Although I'm typically drawn to unusual all-over prints, like this mod medallion pattern in coral, teal & white - I was unsure about the fit. With full sleeves & the knee length of the skirt - I thought: 'Is this a little sexless? Could there be TOO much print?' Well, obviously I quickly came to my senses & remembered that this was designed by Yves! He was renowned for his impeccable tailoring, great sense of colour & most importantly - his ability to straddle elegance, sensuality & practicality. He made art & fashion collide & I immediately understood how true that was once I slipped it on!
I love anything that nips at the waist, highlighting the curves of a woman. It's not overtly sexy but really helps accentuate your natural hourglass between your waist & hips, while the slight shoulders & slim sleeves added to the feminine & slender structure of the piece. One of my favourite design details? The wide-flat panels throughout the skirt which gave some great dimension & truly demonstrated the incredible tailoring by YSL & his team.
To give some more modern-flair to the look I decided to go a little bit more dramatic with my makeup. Sometimes an all over lid & some Tom Ford lipstick make for the best finishing touches to an outfit. Oh, and a perfect pair of patterned fishnets.
I loved this challenge because it made me give something unexpected a chance. It's important to be fearless with our choices, try pieces that are unpredictable & to just have fun with it! That's how fashion should be, am I right?!
And lastly, thank you again to Cherie and the Curated team for the opportunity to share my stylist eye and eclectic opinion in my very own column for the blog. Week after week I played dress up in the most coveted vintage, and added to my education with the vast of knowledge that is Cherie.
Have a wonderful summer! xoxo