I've dug out a few paragraphs I wrote for Elle UK's recent April issue aka the "Girly" issue and I've dressed them up with a folder that I've been building up on my desktop, in anticipation of an image upchuck moment like this one here. It's a pertinent reminder for me that that we've still yet to enjoy the best of what spring summer 2012 collections have to offer and that despite the anticipation towards autumn winter and beyond, those S/S 12 hyper-fem-fem vibes can still blossom and shine. I'm lucky enough to be jollying around the world with a suitcase that is stuffed full of these candy-coated treats because the climate demands it but wherever you are, we've only a few months before summer fizzles out like popping candy on the tongue. Get on that sugar girly high before it's too late...
I remember boys in the playground would taunt the girls on mufty day for wearing anything remotely girly. Anything with a bow caused a lot of fuss. “Urrrrggghh! You’re such a girl!” they would say. There’d be a moment of shame in us conforming to the notion that girls are all things nice with sugar n’spice and the next time, we’d stick to jeans and sweaters. It did not occur to us aged seven to retort back “Yes, I AM a girl!"
Fast forward through to grown up times and in amongst my friends there is still that element of shame that is associated with dressing up in a girly manner. Lace, ruffles and pastel babydoll dresses suggest dumb-mannered submission, say my leftie, quasi-feminist friends. Dress like a doll and bewarned, you’ll be treated like one.
What to make of Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S 12 riot of Courtney Loves, doll’s clothes made into adult sizes and fairy tale endings that showed us the pure empowering joy of dressing like a girl. Or Prada’s irony-laced take on sweetness. We instantly knew that Miuccia’s girls in brocade bathing suits, resin rose jewellery and pleated dresses weren’t actually the sort that would hang around waiting hand on foot on guys with fast cars and greasy hands. These collections celebrate ultra femininity and the freedom to go to that extreme level of pastel hued frou frou frivolity without inviting outside judgement. Denying the urge to dress myself in all this glorious sugar-coated girliness would be the real crime of submission here.
Above three images from Patternity.
Christopher Kane S/S 12 brocade sandals from Far-Fetch on top of Dazed & Confused May 2012 issue.
Above four images from Present & Correct blog.
Sorcha O'Raghallaigh collars on top of Dazed & Confused May 2012 issue.
Close-up of Antipodium S/S 12 "Domesticity" skirt.
Miu Miu floral knitted t-shirt.