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Unzipped: How to.. transition to cooler days with Victorian collars

10.04.17

There’s a crisp chill in the NYC air, finally giving me a chance to bring my fall looks out to play. And while I may not be in full mohair mode yet, the elongated sleeves and extra layers are becoming a daily occurrence. So, I suppose that it only makes sense for high-neck Victorian style collars to flood the market.

Themes that trail back over a century don’t come around very often, but when they do it’s imperative that the execution is on point. For Valentino, the elements glided beautifully down the runway in delicate silks and chiffons. Piccolo understands femininity in a way that makes even the longest hemlines and ruffled collars seem regal yet dainty all at once. Meanwhile at Loewe, the tone was a bit more contemporary with prints and lace overlays sprinkled throughout the fall collection. These slim silhouettes, often adorned with tiled patches, translated as on trend as they were reminiscent of the history which inspired them.

Wondering what’s caught my eye this season? Well, it’s easy to start with comfy knits like ruffled collars from See by Chloé and wide-cut sweaters from Khaite. I also love thinner layers like crepes and poplins that you can get from Caroline Constas and Sonia Rykiel. These are perfect additions to your favorite jeans accompanied by a stellar bootie. (My go-to this season is still the fabulous Stuart Weitzman Clinger with a block heel, perfect for these unforgiving city streets.) Or you can give in to fall florals with flouncy dresses from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Vetements. And I would definitely take a chance on a the geometric jacquard jumpsuit from A.P.C. which has a neutral subtlety that’s versatile enough for work or play.

The weather is always such a major determinant for my outfit choices, and I think almost any other New York city dweller would agree. So it’s nice to not have to compromise style for comfort when it comes to these raised collars. Not to mention, for ladies rocking pixie cuts like me, we have to make an extra effort to beat the chill. So I say, God save these Victorian styles.

Brands we love: See by Chloé High-neck Wool Sweater, Lemaire High-neck Pleated Cotton-foulard Dress, J.W. Anderson Asymmetric High-collar Jersey Sweatshirt, Vetements Floral-print Tie-neck Dress, A.P.C. “Antoinette” Geometric Jacquard Jumpsuit, Sonia Rykiel High-neck Crepe Shirt, Acne Studios “Dilona” Floral-print Satin Dress, House of Holland Contrast-panel Lace Top, Khaite “Estella” Ribbed-knit Cashmere Sweater, Temperley London “Imperium” Floral-embroidered Blouse, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi “Martha” Floral-print Georgette Dress, Caroline Constas “Jaqueline” Micro Floral-print Shirt

 

By Ariel Serano

Tags: Fall 2017 / High-neck / Loewe / retail / runway / Valentino / Victorian

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