It’s been quite long break but I strongly believe that breaks are good. Sometimes you need to step back and distance yourself from the things that surround you.
It’s been quite long break – long enough for world to start changing its colours, for trees to start loosing their leaves, for days start to gets shorter and air colder. Long enough for autumn to say ‘goodbye’ and make space for winter to come.
When it comes to clothes, usually anytime between late October and and early March, I focus my attention on one particular element – jumper. Perfect jumper is on the top of my list for each ‘cold season’ and it’s number one in my ‘survival kit’. Those who know me well, also know that I’m feeling cold most of the time so that increases need for a nice and warm jumper even more. But this time, I don’t want to talk about my love for cosy knits. When temperature drops down and everyone is wrapping up I’m more into getting… undressed! Let’s talk about slip dresses!
It’s not a secret that slip dress can be sometimes mistaken with sleeping gown as it’s usually combination of that one and the regular dress. Not that often but it can also happened the other way round – your sleeping gown can be taken as a slip dress (what has happened to me a few year ago when I had this amazing idea to style my vintage petticoat as a dress and wear it to the private view of photography exhibition at National Museum in Krakow).
Watching SS16 shows back in September made me extremely happy as many variations of the slip dress were present on a runways from New York to Paris. Now it’s not a secret that slip dress is going to be a strong trend for SS16 season.
Calvin Klein Collection (left), Givenchy (right)
What I love so much about this particular type of a dress it’s its versatility or (to be more precise) versatility in the ways of styling it. For me slip dress creates perfect connections between private and public, it’s a link between something intimate and quite exclusive and something that exists in fully exposed, daily life. I’m fully aware that it’s not a dress for every body shape and every woman. It is an offer for a woman who is not scared to be asked if she left the house in her lingerie (because of the boudoir character of the dress she’s wearing). The slip dress can be both innocent and sexy and it’s definitely one of the most feminine pieces of the woman’s wardrobe.
Balenciaga (left), Calvin Klein Collection (right)
My favourite selection of slips was presented during Givenchy, Celine, Balenciaga and Calvin Klein Collection Spring-Summer 2016 shows. Most of them in black (sexy) or white (innocent). Slik and lace, spaghetti straps, mini, midi or maxi versions, worn alone, over the trousers or paired with tops worn underneath. Simple, beautiful and powerful.
Proenza Schouler (left), Celine (right)
A few days ago I came across stunning editorial shot by Patrick Demarchelier for December issue of Interview magazine. ‘Slip Dressing’ features beautiful black and white images of one of my favourite models – Rianne van Rompaey dressed in the best slip dresses from SS16 shows. My favourite photographs from that story illustrate this post.
Alexander Wang (left), Christopher Kane (right)
Photos: Patrick Demarchelier for Interview December 2015