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Pinstripes and neo-punkSaturday, July 13 2013

Mango Fall-Winter 2013 campaign

Mango Fall-Winter 2013 campaign

(Mango FW13 campaign)

Seriously impressed with some of the looks modelled by Bette Franke for Mango’s Fall-Winter 2013 lookbook. The collection seems to draw from two of the industry’s leading heavyweights: on the one hand, we have Savile Row pinstripes with boxy shoulders a la Stella Mccartney, in a borrowed from the boys aesthetic (loving the splash of pinstripe on a knit in particular); on the other, an ode to Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent‘s neo-punk girl, with an array of fishnet tights, denim skirts lined with crucifixes, buckled leather minis and lumberjack shirts that bear a certain resemblance to what the controversial designer showed on the runway in Paris.

I’m really liking both stories, which incidentally made realise that I’m ready to embrace grunge – looks like Hedi will be having the last laugh after all. Why am I not surprised?

I will say this, though. For a couple of seasons now, Mango has definitely upped the ante when it comes to the styling and imagery surrounding their collections, but when I do go and seek out the products in store, I am always disappointed with both the cuts and quality of the fabrics. I always find that the clothes look distinctively more “high-street” (read low-end) than those of, say, a brand like Zara. Here’s to hoping this year they have worked on that, too, as I have my heart set on that coat.