Fashion Inspiration

Quilt It

The iconic diamond-stitched quilting pattern, once the domain of saddle blankets and jockey wear, was first elevated to the world of high fashion by Coco Chanel and her passion for horsemanship. 

 

 Boy Capel and Gabrielle Chanel, circa 1910
Boy Capel and Gabrielle Chanel, circa 1910

 CHANEL
CHANEL

  

Flight Path

First created as a functional necessity for cramped cockpits and high altitudes during WWII, the shearling bomber soared to the status of an effortlessly cool fall staple in the 1980s. 

 

 A group of women from the U.S. Airforce Service Pilots and B-17 Flying Fortress
A group of women from the U.S. Airforce Service Pilots and B-17 Flying Fortress

 Altuzarra
Altuzarra

  

  

Perfectly Plaid

Harkening back to 16th-century Scottish clans, the criss-crossed lines and checks of plaid as we know it today originate from Celtic tartans, with patterns used to distinguish familial lineage.

 

 Charles IX of France, by François Clouet
Charles IX of France, by François Clouet

 Etro
Etro

  

  

Cape Town

From medieval royalty to 19th-century formalwear, the cape’s elegant ease and flowing silhouette are as prized for their dramatic flair today as millennia ago.  

 

 Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli

 John Campbell, cashier of The Royal Bank of Scotland, by painter William Mosman
John Campbell, cashier of The Royal Bank of Scotland, by painter William Mosman

 

 

Fashion Text by Kate Missine  Translated by Tiantian  Produced, Styled and Edited by Many Ngom

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