It would be fair to say that I don’t know what a 1963 Lanvin-Castillo Vogue 1213 is, but I generally read everything on this blog. I read a lot online – news, blogs, commentary. I am often struck by the variety and consistency of Fabrickated, as well as the knowledgeable, vocal and growing community that contribute to making it lively and interesting. My favourite parts are the style analyses (the more critical the better) and when she tries new things and all the challenges that brings.
I love that my Mum has embraced modern methods of communication and expression, though worryingly she has 2,522 more Instagram followers than me. Blimey. It’s definitely not a competition, but if it were, I’d be huffing and panting the last 40 metres while KD leapfrogged past on her victory lap, draped in a British flag, no doubt of her own design.
I’ve been invited to share my experience of the “Lore” jumper, and a bit about myself.
As children, Mum and Dad always dressed us up in practical hand-me-downs. As the youngest, I was very much handed-down to. I had a reputation at school as being scruffy (but I was strangely proud of that). As a teenager, I gave almost no thought to what I wore. It was bad. Sporty gear, drab clothes, odd colours, self cut hair.
Joining the working world made me more conscious of my outward presentation, and I began to take an interest in clothing. My learning bordered on painful but I’m comfortable with my ‘style’ now. If I’m just going to meet friends and it’s nothing fancy, jeans and a t-shirt will do. I like to dress up a bit more on weekends and nights out.
My approach when buying/choosing clothes is this:
- Keep it simple. Block colours, quality fabric, no graphics or impractical features. Add one nice/special item, something different. Usually a jacket.
- It’s worth taking the time to find a special item.
- Don’t be afraid to stand out. Sometimes it takes guts to wear something different, even if we love the item. I have endured some ribbing from friends about certain things, but also enjoyed the compliments of strangers on others – a fair trade!
Most Improved Dresser 2016 (plus a beard)
So, when KD made her Lorelle jumper I was quick to tell her how much I would like one too. I love soft and cosy jumpers, I love wearing grey and I was definitely curious about the creative process. I did, however, proceed with some caution. She is prolific. If I couldn’t be there for fittings and brainstorming, then I knew I’d have a frustrated creator to contend with. Thankfully, most of the work takes place behind closed doors, and my part was easy. I checked in for semi-regular fittings and discussions.
It is fascinating to see what goes into making clothes. So many things that you just wouldn’t think about. To digress slightly: I’ve always believed that as a meat-eater, it’s very important to be aware just where those vacuum-packed slabs of neat meat come from, and perhaps the same can be said for clothing. I am a clumsy man, and have spilled my fair share [of practically everything] on a whole wardrobe of clothes. But will I be so careless with this jumper when I know my dear mother toiled away for weeks so I could have it? Will I be so quick to wrench it off after a long day knowing that it was built just for me? I’ll be sure to update you if I contribute again.
I tried the jumper on having just arrived from the cold, and was well poised to enjoy it. It’s warm, cosy and unique and fits me very well indeed. I was initially a bit unsure about the neckline as it’s very broad. My neck is longer than a Monday and I’m used to bunching collars, scarves and zips around it to diminish its imperiousness. It’s quite figure-hugging but I would probably wear it over something else. It is trendy and perhaps makes me look broader, if a little ‘douchey’. More important than how it looks is how it feels. And it feels fantastic. What do you think?
Up next is the tailored jacket – but we’ll have to see what happens there. I have to say I’ve really enjoyed the commentary on that one. Mostly regarding my body shape (carrot-shaped, sloping shoulders, tiny waist). This is the kind of stuff that has my siblings cackling for days, but I knew what I was getting into. Being aware of your body shape is actually really important to getting the right fit in clothes you buy off the shelf.
Overall, it was a fun experience. Just because she’s my mum, it doesn’t mean I don’t scratch my head at her energy. We all do. It was a pleasure to ‘work’ with KD and to see her in action. We had some disagreements, but I’ll happily concede to her expertise. In addition to the experience, you’ve simply got to be grateful for the free clothes. I also found myself feeling one more thing – some age old reflection of a mother knitting her son a jumper in time for winter. In today’s world, most clothes are abundant, carbon copies and designed for profit but there are some that tell a story.
I loved being a part of this one.