PATRICIA | T. Talks
Your Quiet Style Statement: VINCE
“It’s kind of a noisy moment that we’re in. Whenever there’s a lot of loudness on one side of the industry, there’s a space that opens up on the opposite side.”
Caroline Belhumer, SVP, creative director, VINCEThat’s truer than ever. The intersection of streetwear and high fashion has created an ecosystem in which the most over-the-top designs demand attention. What Belhumer and her team at Vince want to do is change the way we approach things.
“Vince is not really a company that’s about trend or loudness; it’s really about the quality of the product,” says Caroline Belhumer, Vince creative director.Season after season, we see chic silk slip dresses and midi skirts in dreamy colors, cashmere sweaters with the perfect oversized cuts, languid trousers with Issey Miyake-esque pleats, plenty of the toe-emphasizing sandals (all the cool girls wear these days), and an overarching theme of minimalism meets preppy.Vince is always classically cool. And quiet."How do you make people understand what you're trying to say and make it more engaging, not just another clothing brand? You have to be able to have some kind of vision of the storytelling, the uniqueness of the brand," Belhumer explains. "I looked at Vince and I was like, well, it's created in L.A. It's a luxurious California brand. And when I looked at the other contemporary brands in our landscape, nobody else had that story to tell. They were very urban-centric, very New York-centric. But the roots of this brand being in California actually really kind of reflect the way of dressing and the way the clothes looked. It was a natural fit, but it wasn't really being talked about." (fashionista.com)
Quiet luxury is a concept that has been simmering away for a few years. Low-key and understated, it is the kind of luxury that is whispered by those in the know, by those who understand that indulgence doesn't necessarily lie in a high price tag and a flashy logo. (inlondonmagazine.com)
"While jazzy, razzle-dazzle designs may steal the show, there is respite, too, as some of the quietest, most considered designs are also the most covetable. Even the most ardent of sun-lovers understands the cool bliss of a shaded room on a scorching day, and sartorially speaking, that sense of blessed relief comes from minimal and modern clothing.
Above: Oyun Studio Special Order Trunk Show August 4
Stylish and timeless...describe the aesthetic. "Integrity” is another word that comes to mind. It’s unsurprising that this way of dressing has infiltrated the modern woman’s wardrobe. Prioritizing comfort and ease without sacrificing style exudes a sense of confidence, control and calm authority that can’t be achieved when trussed up in a skirt suit." (independent.co.uk)
I couldn't have said it better myself!
1. VINCE elbow T 2. VINCE Damon Leather Lace Up Sandal 3. 7115 by SZEKI Reversible Maxi Dress 4. VINCE Oren Leather Flat 5. NATALIE BUSBY Silk & Jersey Cowl Dress 6. CLARE V Flat Clutch Mariner Stripe 7. HARSHMAN Violetta Shirt in Pearl 8. EVOCATEUR Raj Equestrian Cuff 9. MIGUEL ASES Miyuki Bead Earrings 10. NATALIE BUSBY Tencel Trousers in White 11.JULIE COHN Eclipse Hide Bangle in Black
It’s one thing to want a uniform to make your life easier — it’s another to actually find one that works for you. Our mission at PATRICIA is to bring you the best collections from designers who have demonstrated a talent for simplified elegance. As you ponder your summer wardrobe, here’s some advice from fashion’s most iconic style leaders:
1. Don’t be a trend-monger. “I remember when low-rise jeans were coming in — I remember my mom being really confused about what to do, and I was like, ‘You don’t have to do that.’ I think people look best when they feel comfortable, so worrying about a trend is a dangerous thing for most women. There are things I should just not do.” —Jenna Lyons
2. Be more mindful of how you shop. “If you know you like something, try to figure out why. Are you happiest wearing pants? Are you happiest wearing dresses? We shop as a social thing; people forget the reason you shop is to wear the clothes, and it is not quite as intentional as it should be some of the time. I think I am more specific when I am shopping because of the uniform.” —Kate Young, stylist for Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Emilia Clarke, and Natalie Portman
3. Don’t be afraid to look for a little inspiration. “For my clients what I do is I usually find somebody, an iconic look that kind of looks like them. Figure out which old iconic looks would work on you as well, who has a similar body type and a similar look to you who looks amazing, and look up old photos of them.” —Ilaria Urbinati
4. Find your signature item. “I have been wearing white shirts all my life, when I was riding, when I was playing tennis; I find them very snappy, and they are very seductive. You can dress them up or down.” —Carolina Herrera
5. Keep fewer things in your closet. “I don’t want to have to sift through 20 things I know I’m not going to wear to get to the three or four cute things. If you get rid of everything that you don’t wear and narrow down your look, getting ready is super-easy. You are more likely to go out and buy more of that look and get better versions of it.” —Ilaria Urbinati
And if you need help choosing just the right pieces...we are here to help!
Simple, sleek, high quality. Clothing that doesn’t go out of style. I call them my uniform. I love pieces you purchase and 10 years later they are still in your closet, still part of your daily rotation of clothing you wear, love and feel good in.
Emerson Fry is just that. Invest in a few pieces and you won’t be sorry.