The age of understatement

The spring 2012 haute couture season was dominated, if such a word is fitting, by the understated. Not understated by day-to-day standards, but in the sense of any outlandish wearable art being pushed aside to make way for gowns that epitomised classical elegance. Allow this shoot from L’Officiel Ukraine’s April 2012 issue to demonstrate (not to be mention wow). Silhouettes are feminine and fluid, fabrics diaphanous, and colours monothematic. If Valentino’s vintage lace or Christophe Josse’s ruby-red pleats don’t make you long for a plush occasion to get dressed up for, than – in 2012 at least – odds are nothing will.

dovile virsilaite l'officiel

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Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12
Dovile Virsilaite: L'Officiel Ukraine, April '12

Dovile Virsilaite was photographed by Gilbert Francois and styled by Ornella Jong for the shoot, which you can view at the gallery above.

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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.