The Sueded Kimono is a 3 part Ultra-Suede (vegan suede) group. I love the supple beauty of this faux suede and how it drapes in such a slinky way on the body- meaning it has weight to the fabric and lends well worn as a jacket duster type of Kimono coat hybrid.
The fist of this series is the Farrah Kimono in Black with an attached collar with fringe. The fringe has an ombre dusty rose to gray and black gradient color scheme. I love styling muted colors in a unisex way- there is something incredible soothing and cool about masculine pieces together and then adding a few accessories to make it a little sexy and feminine- like the ankle boot with a small heel and of course, I live in my jewelry- which doesn't take most of it off- simply add more pieces for layering. Again,as I have mentioned in many posts- effortless dressing is about simplicity and not over styling or thinking anything has to be perfect. If you do that- you miss the point and the outfit can feel too stylized... which is fine perhaps for an editorial or runway or wildcat party- yes...but for real life- less is more. And I love borrowing things from the boys anyways. This military jumpsuit feels very Top Gun aviator. My preference towards the love revolution this world is currently transmuting into ;)
'The Depp' Trenchmono is in one of my favorite colors- army green. The fabric is a crepe rayon and is from the Sage Kimono range. While searching for army green trench coats online- after I had created mine- I saw this photo of the rather sexy perpetual bad boy (I know I have a thing for them) Johnny Depp- and knew this one was going to be a tribute to him in that era. The Depp Trenchmono, as like The Judd, has 2 pockets in the front, a back vent-flap, 3 belt loops in the back as well as a collar and lapel to give it that trench-coat feel. The fabric is doubled- for texture and thickness and drape. Crepe rayon fabric is one of the most beautiful fabrics to drape due to the weight of the fabric. When doubled, it has an even more slinky and heavy feel to it and the way it hangs on the body is so imperial. I am styling it here with a basic low rise straight jean in white and a white boxy t-shirt. For a little more French flair- I added a silk scarf in a vintage 70’s
paisley motif by my friend’s line of scarves, Manner Market. Cowboy style boots are YSL. Keeping the styling basic and monochromatic is always my preference for styling. It's minimal and understated and easy to put together. No need to over think or try too hard. Simplicity is beautiful.
Judd Nelson, the first time I saw you was in The Breakfast Club. You had me... at first glance. Your badass rebel style and devil-may-care pouty boy from the 'wrong side of the tracks' was a childhood and teenage dream. And likely my father's nightmare. But for fashion and style and attitude- it was everything to me.
When I began my Trenchmono design process- I was waiting for the perfect shade of taupe/tan in a fabric to mesmerized me. I wanted that classic trench coat color variance and was patiently waiting a few months until I realized that I already had the perfect fabrics lying beneath my nose. With certainty, I cut 8 yards of fabric from my Japan fabric in 'Taupe' and began the process of flowing with what was in my mind (heart) and materializing it into this new design. I knew the fabric had to be thicker and have more weight and volume, so I 'doubled' the fabric- meaning I used it as a lining as well as the outer piece- kind of like a bubble. And thus, born was The Judd -a slouchy (not slacker ;) oversized styled classic menswear kimono-trench‘coat’. I of course styled it with his one fingerless glove and a velvet fringed scarf to pay him proper homage.
My styling here is with my 'Canadian Tuxedo'- an all denim look. I love pale washed out denim and these two staples are pieces I wear often- flared jeans and a snap-button long sleeve denim shirt. I am pairing it with suede boots with a good heel (3 inches) by Maje.
The Trenchmono is the lovechild of a Kimono and the classic Trenchcoat. I am playfully introducing two Trenchmonos, the Judd and the Depp. Judd Nelson’s character as ‘The Rebel’ badboy in the cult iconic 80’s movie ‘The Breakfast Club’ was the fundamental inspiration for this new style.
Forever obsessed with the minimalism and masculinity of the classic Trench coat. It is pure elegance and unisex style at it’s best. This style transcends seasons, reasons, genders and eras. The trench coat was initially developed by one the British rivaling fashion houses Burberry or Aquascutum (whom both claim they designed it first). Military officers purchased this piece as a stylish element of distinction (and rank) as this admired utilitarian coat was indeed fit to be drugged through the trenches, hence the namesake. Fast forward through a century and change and you will note that icons of style have well adapted this piece into their wardrobe.
Dapper Trench Coat elegance photos featured below: Kate Moss, Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss, Jane Birkin, Catherine Deneuve, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Yves Saint Laurent and a montage of 2020's trench coat trends. I never follow trends. I look at them the same way I view astrology- I create blindly then go back and see what others are doing and how it is or isn't in synch with my flow. I never like to be influenced by trends before I create something new. I create.
I am so excited to tease you with this new design- the Trenchmono. I have always been entranced in the classic Trenchcoat styles. Trenchcoats denote a militant elegance that is timeless, unisex and forever chic. On my hitchhiking stint- I paired the Sage Green Crepe Rayon Trenchmono with same tone harem drop-crotch pants, a black bodysuit and sandals (I would have worn flat black ankle length boots had I known this was going to be shot- the spontaneity of playful days in the magical land of Mt. Shasta never ceases to amaze me). Black 'Saint Laurent' sunnies and a massive dose of laughter were by far the best accessories.
The quintessential effortlessly sexy and cool iconic French couple from the '70's- Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin- have inspired the love story for these denim inspired Kimonos. The 'Serge Loves Jane' Kimono is a chambray denim fabric with small distressed tears in the fabric rendering it a cool worn in fabric look.Collarless- it is a 3/4 length in a high and low style and comes with a belt. The 'Jane Loves Serge' Kimono is a thin embroidered denim in an indigo that I chose to use the inverse side- which looks more vintage and worn in- keeping the darker color on the inside with distressed details of frayed pockets, sleeves and hemline. This is a waist-coat length and I did not create a belf for this piece- as it is intended to be worn casual and open. Have a look below at how I style these unisex denim lovers in underdtated and casual minimalistic ways.
serge loves jane kimono
jane Loves serge kimono
As a stylist- I get bored of fashion constantly. That's why being able to wear 1 piece multiple ways is essential for me to stay interested. I often find myself styling my Kimonos this way when it's either too hot temperature wise or want to bare my arms to be a domestic goddess and wash dishes. So- here is how I style my Japan Kimono in Taupe as a strapless dress. It's quiet simple: I start by belting my Kimono at my waist- and then pull the sleeves off my shoulders and tie them into a floppy bow knot at my bust-line to create a flap over and cover my ta-ta's adequately. In these shots and video- I am simply wearing a basic cotton halter top bodysuit that when I pulled sleeves over my front and secured it by tying it- I simply tucked in the straps. You could certainly wear a strapless bra, bikini or bodysuit- but it's no big deal to just tuck away whatever you are wearing inside- as long its somewhat formfitting and strappy.
Keeping it real. Keeping it easy. Never contrived and always easy. My styling motto.
The long sleeve Davis Kimono in Charcoal gray is a sumptuous matte silk chiffon with a slight sheerness to it. It is one of my favorite silk fabrics because I love the way the dark color has a lightness within it. The softness of this delicate silk is so enticing...to the one who wears it and to who has the privilege and pleasure of touching the one who wears it ;) It's light and airy and perfect for summer night strolls in the garden of your dreams. Surround yourself in feelings that make you fall in love with everything and everyone. Life goals ;)