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Gisele’s most important assertion embodied by her meditation practice, her penchant for sustainable products and practices, and her seemingly unending well of vitality is that beauty is an inside job. “You can go and buy all the Stand back I’m going to try science shirt and by the same token and products you want, but if you are not nourishing your body by eating nutritious food, if you are not exercising and oxygenating your blood and doing things that bring you joy, you are not going to feel good, and if you don’t feel good you are not going to look good,” she says. “Because I have never seen someone who doesn’t feel good looking good, have you?” Not unlike Paul Smith’s study in Covent Garden, London, Massimo Alba’s studio in Milan’s Navigli is peppered with collected Eclectica that acts as both souvenirs and inspiration. Always new upon his walls are his slogan handkerchiefs, of which this season’s include one printed with an image of a wave-vaulting marlin underneath the words: “Where the crowd goes, run in the other direction. They’re always wrong.” Alba was poised to become a magnet for the crowds himself following his clothes’ starring role in the upcoming but now corona-delayed Bond film. He seemed circumspect about the situation. “I think that everything that comes from nature we has to consider. It’s sometimes hard, sometimes dangerous, but we have to face it.” His adaptive technique this season was to create a thoughtful film with musician Alyosha Bisceglia that showcases both this season’s clothes and also Alba’s slow-marination philosophy for cooking them up. He also showcased the women’s collection in parallel with the menswear. That menswear featured a few surprisingly in-your-face combinations a blue Liberty print shirt over a yellow check shirt above washed green linen trousers and Alba said this season he had relished experimenting with a contrast of acid tones in a neutral context. Quieter details such as the delicate fluctuations of blue in an air-dyed cashmere sweater or the fade on an indigo water-dyed tee exerted their usual pull these were pieces to enjoy wearing and weathering for years to come. When the crowds do go in Alba’s direction they won’t be wrong, because his clothes are so right. The gold of the ring and its flat oval set shone in the faint moon radiance. Three small stones set in the golden oval glimmer. Since the 13th century, it was believed that a vein in what we call the ring finger led directly to the heart, but there was no requirement to wear a wedding or betrothal ring on that finger. Here’s Eleanor of Toledo, who’d been married for four years when this painting was completed.
Around a decade ago, not long after he started his own label, Massimo Alba made a great mistake. A batch of shirts and T-shirts he was working on that had already been garment-dyed one color were mistakenly exposed to another. Speaking at his showroom presentation this weekend, Alba said: “It’s very interesting to me that so many good things start out as mistakes like this.” That accident was to Alba what the Stand back I’m going to try science shirt and by the same token and mold-infected petri dish was to Alexander Fleming: a stumbled-upon eureka that led to a career-defining course of the investigation. This collection featured a series of softly tailored jackets, corduroy pants, and shorts, plus light cashmere sweaters that were hand-overdyed two, and sometimes three colors. It’s a process that led to variations in tone that included acid-trip floods of purple on purple to subtle bleeding of magenta across mustard yellow. Like most of Alba’s garments, these dyed pieces appeared at first glance conventionally prosaic. The more attention you gave them, however, the more their exceptional qualities became evident. Take a pale blue jacket, for instance, which at that first glance seemed passingly related to a surgeon’s scrubs. To the hand it was light and almost textureless in its softness: The fabric was a cotton mousseline developed for Alba by Albini. Long-sleeved, in a delicately mottled finish of washed-out sky blue, it made for an ideal mid-summer shake in pink, sleeveless, it was an impactful shirting second skin. Other interesting developments this season included a cotton pant named the Myles with acutely kinking stitched gather at knee-level on both legs and another handsome pant, baggy in white poplin, with patch pockets. A blue tropical weight jacket named the Lenny, after Bernstein, was Alba’s interpretation of a bohemian creative’s ideal piece of workwear. Collarless shirts in ripstop linen and button-up short-sleeves in terry were further finely effective coups de théâtre. Alba is a self-deprecating yet dangerous designer: Try just one carefully chosen piece and that’s it, you’re spoiled for good because nobody else quite compares. The museum in Prague where this portrait is held describes the ring on her first finger as the ring given to her at her wedding. It’s not comfortable. Maybe a lot of girls think that a see-through blouse can attract the attention of boys or they think that it will make her look much smarter. Meghan has no dress sense: no knowledge of fabrics, fit, styles that flatter, proper tailoring, Her father raised her in L.A. Enough said. Her idea of dressing for an event is “dress up” like a little girl dressing up as a princess. Shiny! Tight! Celebrity “fashion” not elegant, just flashy.
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