While I was putting this capsule together, my inspiration for M6606 came from two designers.
As for this shirt, the similarity between Rachel Roy and Monique Lhullier was how they dressed
for their spring 2013 shows (see vision board).
They both wore a light weight silk shirt that exuded a form of feminine, relaxed but put together style.
I can only imagine how stressful presenting a collection can be.
It very interesting to see what the designer chose to wear at the end of their show.
This makes me think about my own work day.
Sometimes it can get very hectic. A beautiful "breezy" silk chiffon shirt means I don't have to
choose between comfort and style.
I believe, apart from a jacket, that nothing gets you together better than a shirt for the office.
The story about this silk chiffon is a short one.
I was shopping in NYC a couple years ago at Metro Textiles.
Kashi showed me this fabric when I asked him for options to make a bow tie shirt.
When I saw it, I knew I had to have it, it was perfect.
It has so many colors from the Pantone Spring Color Forecast 2012 it made me excited at the time.
What a find!
As you have guessed by now, it went through an incubation period.
I had it in a bag in my coat closet until last month.
I pulled it out and it became the "flagship fabric" for color scheme
of the Mirror Icon capsule.
Navy, Taupe, light grey, highlighted by yellow and orange, I thought this made for a great winter color combo.
Traditional winter colors with a pop of bright colors
As for the construction for the shirt.
Chiffon can be little brat and that's the truth.
It shifts and moves the whole time you are working with it.
But I found that as long as you take you time and hand stitch were you can, things usually go smoothly.
I like the yoke detail at the back and the little loop positioned at the center back of the collar stand to keep
the sash/tie band in place.
Its concealed when you fold down the collar.
That was a great idea.
I decided to change the sleeve at the last minute.
I wanted to make things easier for myself, I don't like cutting into chiffon to construct plackets, its already
difficult to deal with.
So I went with barrel cuffs instead. As seen on Vogue 8825, I decided to keep that design concept going.
For this, I seamed up the cuffs provided, gather and stitch it on to the edge of the sleeve.
This gives the blouse a bohemian vibe, probably invoked by the mood I was in.
I was listening to "Sister of the Moon" by Fleetwood Mac and if you know anything about that group, one
look at Stevie Nicks tells you everything you need to know about what I am referring too.
It went together with no problems and once I tried it on and saw how the back looked, I was totally sold.
Slim pants for spring, here I come.
Look 1 "Manic Monday"
I paired it up with an olive green version of NL6003, previously made in my Holiday capsule.
I found this beautiful suiting in a fabric store on Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Another great find, I think the olive green is
so sophisticated. The fabric was made in England.
That was a done deal right there.
Look 2 "A Fall day in Winter"
Seeing that this was the first time I have had olive green in my closet, I had looks on my mind to use with this skirt.
I pulled out this mustard cardigan and coral shirt that was already paired together. Both pieces I rarely use so this
skirt has brought them back into rotation.
I also paired them up with these Grey and Camel boots I recently added to my closet.
Trust me, you will be seeing more it!
Look 3 "Boho Friday"
For this casual Friday look, I paired up the shirt once again with these dark denim navy skinny jeans.
These are low riders, so I hardly wear them but with the ample length of the back of this shirt, it covers everything and more.
I also wore a long cami because of the chiffon. I felt very confident that I was well covered.
I omitted the sash but I felt like I still needed something.
So I added a silver long necklace I got last summer (seen in video)
In conclusion, I highly recommend this shirt, its easy to make and obviously, very versatile.
From the office to weekend, it passed the test.
I can't wait to show you what's coming next......