Initially reserved for men, the classic button-up shirt has slowly and inextricably made its way into the female wardrobe, becoming, over the past decades, a staple of elegance, undeniably proving that it can withstand the test of time.
Ken Okada’s Fall/Winter 2014/15 runway show translated into a parade of shirts galore – after all, the Asian designer is well-known for her unique manner of fusing the traditional Japanese rigor with the fantasy and elegance of French haute couture. A fusion between masculine severity and soft feminine tailoring, Okada’s line-up for the upcoming season featured the quintesential must-have item of every wardrobe – the shirt, in various sophisticated versions. A romantic story, told in pale, muted shades of powder pink, soft blue, silvery grey and innocent white, came to life in precious silk and delicate tulle. Ultra-feminine silhouettes came in organic shapes – carefully studied draping enveloping the body in a sensual cocoon and complex origami pleats, creating a diaphanous blooming flower effect. Asymmetric cuts infused a dose of freshness and modernity, while a game of transparencies gave birth to a playfully seductive allure. CT.