And now, something from cult corner. In a sort of ironic form of feminist trending, pioneer-core is emerging as a new seed in fashion micro-culture. Blooming in pre-gentrified areas of New York City, the look is synonymous with, let’s say, fabled milk-maids, or Holly Hobbie or Heidi, The Girl from The Alps.
A unique dress-fad that covers neck-to-knee in dainty florals, stitched-in ruffles and dolly-smocking. It’s effortlessly ‘man repeller’, especially when combined with combat boots and a vintage coat. Brooklyn-based under-the-radar label Batsheva is credited with burgeoning the trend, the designer’s Pioneer fashion range of indie skirts, tunics and full-bodied dresses were spied regularly on the streets of New York Fashion Week.
Now, innovative Italian lifestyle label Moncler has released the latest in its Moncler Genius venture – a capsule collection with Irish designer Simone Rocha inspired by “the world of gardens”. The boutique range is made up of conservative-cut, floral-print dresses in romantic light taffetas, tulles and lightweight nylons paired with Wellingtons and gardening gloves. It’s a fell-asleep-under-an-apple-tree kind of look. A fanciful option for anyone bold enough to relish in unexpected style icons such as Cosette from Les Misérables or Laury from Oklahoma! You need a healthy dose of nonchalance (and maybe a brooch, a wicker hat and a cross-stitch set) to pull off this quirky, certifiable antidote to fashion normalcy and real life at large.