Merry Monday Blogging Friends! I hope today is a gentle start of a wonderful week. Today I am wearing an eclectic mix of grunge and luxe, with the elements leading more towards grunge. I will call it "Luxe Grunge" - just because I want to! Call it Monday.......
My distressed jeans are Soundgirl Via TJMaxx, and they are as comfortable and they are grungy looking. I will admit this is not a look I go for often, but I am enjoying it, like I generally do when I step out of my comfort level and experiment. My combat boots add to the grunge factor and are Breckettte B, via Zulily.com. My sunnies are Dolce.
My layered look top is all one piece and it is designed By Dries Van Noten, one of my favorite designers. I admire his work because of his artful mixing of original fabrics, color and pattern, and the result is often a garment that has the appeal of a piece of art. The NY Times called him "one of the most cerebral designers" in 2008. I agree! He dresses celebrities such as Cate Blanchette at the Academy Awards, and the Crown Princess of Belgium, Princess Mathilde. Interestingly, though, he does not do Haute Couture, preferring the more egalitarian venue of Ready to Wear. His prices are high though, but his work is so original and well made, it seems to be worth the cost.
I was lucky to have found this shirt at Encore in NYC, on Madison Avenue, for a fraction of its retail price and it looks as if it was never worn. I hope the detail comes out in my pictures, but if not, I will describe this shirt to compensate. The top layer is a metallic plaid with a bit of damask in the backround; the colors are eggshell and almost- shiny silver. The layer underneath is a filmy organza in silk, with what looks to be an abstract version of a camo print. The back is a black and grey plaid, with no shimmer. I am wearing it over a simple black tee from a local boutique that is no longer in business.
My long necklace is made of of hundreds of black resin links, so many that it almost has a look of fringe about it. I love the texture of this piece and found it in the wholesale costume jewelry district. I think I forked over about seven dollars for this little eye full. Hurrah for the shopping coup! I do think this element adds weight, as well as texture to this top, that feels otherwise like an ethereal wisp of threads. I am glad that I grounded the look with the weight, and contrast of the combat boot. Indeed, my title to this post is more wordplay than protest! I am enjoying my new mix of Luxe Grunge!
I wore this outfit last Wednesday when the temps were in the seventies! What heavenly weather, and today as well, but a bit cooler- so now I can wear some of my more seasonal clothing! Hurrah! ( So long as it stays sunny and in the 60's....!) Anyway, lovelies, have a wonderful week ahead!