top dog

If any of you haven’t made it to the Veronique Branquinho stocksale yet, do not despair, you still have Monday to Friday of fun. There was so much stuff on the double-decker rails that half of it was not available to public because there was not enough space to display everything. I wish I could show a picture, but my camera suddenly decided to make grasshopper-like noises instead of switching itself on.

blazer Veronique Branquinho
shirt-dress Stephan Schneider
leggins H&M
pumps COS
So in the end of an hour-long fittings and decisions I walked away with a blazer/dress/coat in black wool. It has oversized sloping shoulders and shoulderpads that are integrated higher than the shoulder seams, and answers perfectly the popular demand of nowadays – sculpted, oversized, shoulderpads, masculine, coat-as-a-dress. It also comes in beige, and I first got acquainted with it on the pages of the winter issue of Qvest international, which has mysteriously disappeared! My favourite photoshoot, called Top Dog, in which I’ve been literally living is nowhere to be found! A tragic loss it is.

So Veronique Branquinho has always been about the wool, silk and lurex to me, mixing masculine and feminine in neutral tones. The awkwardness of wearing a knitted wool body, nylon flesh-coloured tights and an oversized blazer shows so much femininity that no lace or satin can bear. It is of course the very harsh side of the femininity, and perhaps not the most popular one, but as the fashion mags get more and more saturated with ‘nude is the new black’ styling, praise to Raf Simons’ gender blending references, and endless articles on Jürgen Teller’s work – Veronique B stands as an absolute icon to all of the above.


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