Stefanel AW14, Look 3
These looks from Stefanel's latest collection are ones that highlight the Italian brand's versatility. Two different women, with similar appreciation for intelligent shopping rooted within their individual styles, wear two contrasting looks. On the one hand, I sport a look that celebrates femininity and luxurious comfort, while on the other hand Carolina's tomboy chic is relaxed and elegantly laid back. I loved my warm and dramatic outfit. I particularly adored the grey detachable hood, which at first appeared overwhelmingly over-sized to me, but actually proved to be really quite practical. For example, as well as being worn on the head (as one would expect), the hood could likewise be worn around the shoulders, as a stole wrap of sorts - adding to any look with a pinch of winter-friendly flair. The over-sized knitted jumper (yet another autumn/winter favourite on the trend circuit, for those of you who care...) was also a treat to wear. It was warm, cosy yet stylish and bold. The boldness could be attributed to its huge shape, and its ability to drown you in unbearably soft wool, which somehow manages to have a form structured enough not to make you seem like you've decided to call it a day and wonder around SW3 in your favourite blanket. It is refreshing to see that even with the notion of creating fashion that is almost ergonomic in its efforts to make the wearer feel at ease, Stefanel has not compromised on style either.
Carolina's elegant take on the Tom Boy style opens up the possibilities of doing 'high fashion' while still being comfortable in your own skin. Not only are those leather trousers reportedly wonderfully warm, but the look encourages a daring aesthetic: tone on tone accessorising. So, no, that is not an extension of her soft cashmere jumper, but a soft cashmere scarf thrown atop it - another display of subtle flair. Carolina's look is complete with a simple yet charming pair of Stefanel flats, "because women should not have to go through pain to feel beautiful." Although this is definitely a part of the brand's ethos that appeals to me, I have to admit that I, unable to help myself, trooped on with my Zara mules regardless. After all, I had a theme to portray... Carolina's look was topped off with a beautiful crystal necklace with knotted detailing.
Maybe it was all that burgundy, or the fall of the autumn leaves, but this shoot was particularly interesting; because of it I considered it a learning curve that surrounding yourself with wonderful, talented, intelligent and caring people goes a long way to keeping you inspired and motivated. The Stefanel team certainly did this. Thank you Pedro, Carolina, Ivana, Aleksandra and mamma.