This month on the Mood Sewing Network our challenge is to sew something inspired by a runway look for Spring/Summer 2014.
With my love of avant-garde Japanese fashion, the choice of designer was easy: Issey Miyake. I drew both on Miyake’s latest looks that combine unconventional, bold pattern-mixing, and Miyake’s trademark use of pleated fabric and androgenous silhouettes.
For my shirt, I worked with three delicate Italian cotton voiles from Mood Fabrics. The red, white, and blue floral and gold, pink, and pale green print (by Marc Jacobs) have a crisp, organza-like texture. Cuffs and collar band are done in a muted gray floral cotton print. (Editor’s Note: You can find Mood’s online selection of cotton voile prints here.)
For the wrap skirt, I chose an Italian cotton-silk blend of pink and white dots against a black background. The skirt is lined with polyester twill (from my stash); it buttons closed at the waistband. (Mood’s selection of cotton-silk blends can be found here.)
Finally, for the shawl, I used two yards of black pleated polyester. It has a gorgeous drape. (Pleated polyester is available at Mood’s New York store in an assortment of colors.)
The elements themselves are straightforward: a long button-down shirt, wrap skirt, and black pleated shawl. Combined, the look is dramatic and, I think, fresh and exciting. I feel princely wearing it.
This March designer challenge has been a joy to execute. It forced me to think outside the box and focus on what I love most about contemporary men’s fashion.
And remember: a woman in pants was once considered shocking!