Yes, darlings.. I´m supposed to teach fashion students come autumn.. Which obviously begs for a New Look.. With Capitals..
Now, this look is full-blown Art Teacher. Pajamas with a tiny flower print and a coat over it? I might not even have to dress in the mornings. Perfection.
This 70s pant suit is an Art Teachers wet dream come true. Throw a coat over your shoulders for a wacky Businesswoman Power look, and shield your eyes with a floppy hat. Looking mysterious might kindle a sense of healthy deference in your students.
Vintage fur and lots of silver trinkets convey the impression of a quirky but brilliant mind. The bra is debatable. It´s also emerald green, the colour all of the highest-paid prostitutes in Paris wear because it makes their skin look incredibly pale. That´s because green is the complementary colour to red. Art teachers know such things.
Caftan dresses are a good choice, too, particularly when printed with Matisse-like faces and when worn over wide-legged pants. Art Teachers don´t do skinny jeans.
The perfect Art Teacher Look would consist of Prada pieces collected over the years. That might be because Miuccia Prada has perfected the look for herself. A thick knit vest worn over a sequined dress? Chandelier earrings from the thirties? Semiprecious stone necklaces? Si, si and si. Even better were the outfits of her friend and collaborator Manuela Pavesi, one of the most stylish women I´ve ever seen. Her elegance was absolute, and deeply personal. A rich mix of feminine and eclectic pieces, worn with the strangest shoes she could find (stilettos are the Art Teacher Look´s nemesis), beautiful jewellery collected over the years, donned with an artistic touch and a sense of humour. Her underwear - black and white cotton high-waisted pants - came from a company that makes underwear for nuns. Which is fabulous in itself in so many ways.
Of course, some wrought artisanal silver pieces from the fifties are mandatory to go with this look.