The April Lookbook from high street’s hierarchy was released early this week presenting a collection foretelling a Summer characterised once again by an overt minimalist aesthetic. I am of course referring to Zara, the brand who have not only monopolized the way we dress with their recent collections but also drastically altered our personal style. There has been a drastic influx of minimal dressing in the last two to three years, yes people adopted this style years ago, but it is no sudden coincidence that we are all paring back our images by embracing monotone looks, seeking clean lines, expecting impeccable tailoring all whilst wearing boyish brogues and now bloody Birkenstocks.
This April Zara are promising just that; monotone looks, clean lines and tailoring in their latest collection ahead of the lucrative Summer season. The pieces individually and as shown throughout the lookbook are easy to wear and can be incorporated into any look or style. Yes, that does mean that you can team one of the white tops with a bold printed skirt. Monochrome pieces may dominate the collection shown but that does not mean that print is absent or by any means not welcome. My favourite piece from the look book is the white top with the kimono style sleeve that is paired with a simple white trouser in the final picture which is accompanied by the ensemble with a gorgeous bright explosion of blue in the print of the trousers.
You cannot fault these pieces as they are timeless and they are items that will transition seamlessly (if you’ll excuse the expression) from season to season for years on end. I just wonder if this is a look that will lose it’s authenticity through the mass production as we are undoubtedly guaranteed to bump into numerous girls wearing pieces from Zara in the next few weeks as it has become the sartorial safety net for Summer. But let us not get too far ahead of ourselves and momentarily appreciate these items, and prepare ourselves for the many ventures into the store to engage in the try-on, leave behind, come back, try on again and eventually purchase saga that we are all demons for!
Words: Zara Hedderman – mumbles&stumbles.com
Photos : Zara.com