VINTAGE JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC COATS

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Images via Farfetch

I was walking in the city the other day, when I spotted a very stylish older woman sporting a wonderful eclectic coat. It was such a gloomy overcast day, so in the sea of black and greys, her vibrant attire was something of an enigma. For those who don’t know me, I have a penchant for fabulously dressed older women and men. There is something so special about seeing such style and elegance tied in with years of grace and wisdom. That particular woman inspired me. When I got home, I began a search for quirky vintage coats.

Farfetch has a vast selection of vintage items and it was on there that I came across these coats by French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (JC de Castelbajac). Like the woman’s these coats are statement pieces; they’re loud and demand attention and I just love how fun they are. With a career spanning forty years, Castelbajac is best known for crossing the boundaries of fashion and art, having collaborated with some of the art world’s finest – Keith Haring, Hervé di Rosa and Jean-Michel Basquiat to name but a few.

I love searching the internet for vintage finds. Not necessarily to buy, but just to look and admire the designs of the past. I find it inspiring. You absorb everything you see and aspects of past designs can more often than not, influence your personal style in positive ways.

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Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons hat and jacket, Junya Watanabe top and suspender playsuit, Marséll boots, Dior bag.

Photos by Adam Nalapraya

The pairing of navy and black is one of my most favourite combinations. Throwing in a hint of white or grey is great also as it breaks it up a little. I am always so enthralled with the designs of Japanese designers. For example, the jacket is a jacket and cardigan hybrid; its unique structure is so incredible. And the Watanabe playsuit whose neckline is essentially the top of a pair of dress pants!

DRESS UP X PET SHOP GIRLS ‘AU FAIT’

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Images via Oyster

This little capsule collections’ school-girl vibes are right up my alley! My favourite, the two piece Birkin (top left); a thick navy bouclé jacket with a matching A-line mini.

The collection is available here.