Pheobe Philo by David Sims (published in The Gentlewoman)
You know you’re a minimalist when you think navy blue is a bright color, when your closet is full of nudes, beige, browns, blacks, grays, and whites, when your favorite spring 2010 collection is Pheobe Philo for Celine, when you are the first person in New York to buy the debut issue of The Gentlewoman and when you swear off makeup. But whether or not you’re a true minimalist, if you appreciate the details in fashion and like a little simplicity once in a while, you can probably identify with the minimalist aesthetic.
Since most CF posts are not written with a minimalist’s wardrobe in mind, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to new designers and collaborations that every minimalist (or detail-oriented fashionista) needs in her closet.
A few years ago, we were all reading Vogue when we saw a profile on a boy named Alexander Wang whose relaxed, worn tees were making their way into every editor’s closet. These days, now that Wang has graduated to side-slicked hair and black velvet, there is more than enough room for a designer who makes lightweight, minimalist tees with stunningly simple details. Enter Brooklyn-based designer Alexa Galler whose tees are now sold at Oak NYC (in-store and online) for $98 each.
2. Costello Tagliapietra for UNIQLO
It’s normal to hear and see a designer’s name attached to a clothing store like H&M, Target or in this case, UNIQLO. But more often than not, the pieces from these designer collaborations would not work in a minimalist’s closet. Thankfully, the design duo behind Costello Tagliapietra has created a line of minimalist dresses with incredible draping and intricate details – at budget-friendly prices. When the dresses debut in the U.S. on May 20, we should all be lining up at UNIQLO.
3. Jeremy Scott and Richard Chai for Alternative Apparel
Jeremy Scott is the man behind the Flintstone-print crop tops at Opening Ceremony. In other words, his designs are normally the complete opposite of minimalism. But, somehow, he and Richard Chai created brilliant, minimalist pieces for Alternative Apparel without loosing the playful, urban edginess that has made his collections a memorable part of London Fashion Week. The pieces will be sold on Refinery29.com starting April 20 and the pieces start at $69.
What do you think?
Are you a minimalist, or can you identify with the minimalist aesthetic? Do you believe that fashion is all in the details? Would you wear any of these pieces? Let us know your thoughts with a comment!