5 weekend reads: criticising Lagerfeld, talking to D&G

Forming habits, an unlikely style icon, the colourful history of the shopping mall, and a question of whether Karl Lagereld should concentrate his efforts into doing fewer things better. And to cap it off, an interview with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

View our 5 weekend reads after the break.

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Lunch with Dolce & Gabbana

Talking to, and about, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana takes the Financial Times to the fashion house’s headquarters for a plush lunch: Vanessa Friedman has the pleasure.

“Like many other Italian brands, they are, at least superficially, about sex. But where Gucci historically channelled hedonistic sex, and Versace aggressive sex, D&G’s domain is happy sex: the wow-check-out-my-cleavage-I-can’t-believe-it! sort of sex.”

Read it here.

Pleasure domes with parking

Shopping malls can be more than just undercover spaces: they’re mazes of marketing, beacons of consumerism, and – once upon a time – pleasure domes with parking. Aaron Gilbreath remembers the golden age of malls, and ponders their demise.

“Southdale Center went further. It had a twenty-one-foot birdcage containing fifty colorful birds, tropical plants, costumed Hawaiians serenading crowds, and a huge central square named the “Garden Court of Perpetual Spring.””

Read it here.

Is Karl Lagerfeld spread too thin?

Robin Givhan puts fingers to keys – controversially, some would argue – to question if the volume of Lagerfeld’s work is at the expense of its quality.

“At one time he divided his services among three brands: Chanel, Chloé, and Fendi, where he continues to work. He has launched half a dozen versions of an eponymous collection—each to great anticipation—and even though most have been disappointing, he persists.”

Read it here.

Unlikely style icons: George McFly

In praise of Back to the Future‘s George McFly.

“As the weak target of Biff the bully, George couldn’t stand up for himself. If only his courage was as spot-on as his clothes.”

Read it here.

A routine matter

Are you a creature of habit? As Andrew Palmer writes, he most definitely is not. But some research into changing habits may change that.

“I recently turned thirty, the age by which, according to William James, “the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.” But he wrote that in 1890, before mobile devices and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Lana Del Rey and the fragmentation of the self, and I’m happy to report that my character is as soft as unhandled Play-Doh.”

Read it here.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.