So i'll give you a nice 'un mmmmkay?
Charles Anastase is THE designer for geekchifairytaleglittery people. You know who I mean; Tennessee Thomas (and the entire Like), Alexa Chung, Rosin Murphy, the eponymous hipster; all can be spotted in his mini mini dresses, cardigans and peter pan collars.
Launching from the world of illustration to fashion 4 years ago, the fame of this French designer's followers still outstrip his own; not for much longer though. He manages to tap that precise vintage air that his muses' esthetic code demands, seeming to have lifted things straight out of the wardrobes of la Marianne Faithfull and la Julie Christie.
We know he'll be around for a bit longer at least; he signed a five year production deal with Pier SpA in september 2008, so we can await the arrival of more ballerina-lolita inspired (Well, I should say, Degas "through the keyhole" like pastel visions of Ballerinas, and lolita) Parisian flare. Soon to be copied by the likes of Topshop and Asos in a highstreet near you!
Definitely key to his LFW shows is the styling, the layering, and the attitude. Pastels layered with darker, more tailore sillhouettes, Breton stripes with the red, and THOSE brown wedges give it a wasson-esque edge that was found in Alexander Wang way back when, before he became the quoting tool of teen vogue acolytes everywhere (Oh I still love you Wang, you know I do... it's just.... You set such a high bar for yourself!)
Making me look forward to paris already.
Did I say will be easily imitated? Let me correct; has been easily imitated.
And of course, musn't forget asos, eternal ripper-offer of brilliant design themes
How cool would it be to chat with this man who seems to have influenced our trends massively, through subversion?
Feeling the pressure
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