Dispatches from the frontline of LFW
I remember my first real fashion week when shoulder-draping (or robing, whatever you want to call the act of slinging your coat over both shoulders) became a serious thing, remaining in the styling forefront for a while - or at least until the wind blew your jacket off and you thought fuck this I am never wearing my jacket like this ever again! Feeling very cool and wanting to show off to my Facebook friends (what else does one do on there though tbh?) I uploaded my fashiony pics with my jacket draped over and was met by a bombardment of "why are you not wearing your jacket properly are you not cold" comments. Ugh, do you people not understand that fashion is not practical? I unfriended all of them immediately.
But there became something a little dowdy about wearing your jacket like that. It reminded me of leaving the bar after a bad date, it's cold and the guy awkwardly insists on being old-school chivalrous by draping his jacket over your shoulders as though he's blissfully unaware that the joy of Uber in central London is that you can usually get a cab in under 3 minutes. (Alone). Then Demna Gvasalia came along to shake up Balenciaga, slouching the models jackets down their shoulders for a yeah yeah whatever touch. We ate it up. It felt refreshing. Now I can't wear my jackets draped on my shoulders without thinking of bad dates
So now it's time to try it the one-shouldered way. And let's face it, with warmer climes on the horizon, it's the perfect way to take your favourite coat into the new season without getting too sweaty. Brb going to post this pic on Facebook to see how many people tell me to put my coat on properly.
Photos by megababe Chloe Plumstead