At a talk that was held at the Sketchbook pop up shop on Thursday Sandrine Maggiani of Stylesight did some trend-forecasting. The umbrella theme she mentioned, which everything else fit into, was innovation. Recreating what you have already got, the things you hold dear, investing in good quality and sentimental pieces that you will want to hold onto forever and that you wouldn’t trade for the world. Reinvention and renewal. These themes really stuck out to me. I recently sent off a few items to the tailor – things I love and haven’t been able to get rid of, but just haven’t been wearing because they don’t suit me. I got them back and fell in love with the pieces all over again. A certain gap cardigan that I had chopped in half has been getting so many compliments (I literally have been wearing it straight for the last 2 days). It even got compared to a little Chanel jacket! Although, trust me, that is a serious stretch of the imagination. Anyway, all of that is just backdrop to explaining who this lovely girl is…
Serene Khan was sitting by the window cutting out little colourful leaves to decorate the window of Sketchbook. She was wearing this gorgeous vintage-y looking cardigan with multi-coloured buttons which she sewed on herself. She said they were all identical to the brown button at the bottom, which she didn’t like at all, but decided to keep one to remember what it was like originally.
She was absolutely charming and asked to have her photo taken next to the leaves she had been attaching to the window display. Just another example of reinventing what would have otherwise been another empty white space, like an old cardigan left in the bottom drawer.
Have you reinvented anything lately?