First let me say that I was struggling with the right way to write this post. I kept hesitating. Why? Because when you go into business for yourself, over and over and over, branding people talk to you about your brand, about staying consistent with your message, about always presenting the right image for your brand. I do understand this and for the most part, I follow that advice, but I also believe that you have to stay true to yourself. I decided to stop my pondering for a while and go in and have lunch while I thought about how I wanted to proceed. Daughter #2 has a bad cold and is not feeling well so I offered to make her some chicken soup. While she was eating, we started to talk about what I was doing this afternoon and I told her that I was trying to create a blog about different kinds of fashion using different materials. I have always been drawn to the eclectic. That is not to say that I don’t have good taste, I know I have good taste (if I do say so myself) but I like the idea of creating, changing the norm, turning things around, looking at things differently. I spend copious amounts of time (and I have since I was a child) looking at all things fashion related. I am actually involved in another business that sells clothing. I love beautifully constructed items, I love sumptuous fabrics, I love quality and I love the unusual item that is used outside the box. It is always worth a look and some exploration. So, back to lunch with #2. After I laid this all out, she said ” why don’t you just do it on thinking outside the box, clothes don’t have to be out of fabric”. Yeah, exactamundo. Well said numero dos.
Here was my concern, I wanted to do a blog about chain mail clothing and jewelry but I was worried what my reader/buyer would think, remember branding, branding, branding? Would they think it was upscale enough? I certainly do. So, below is the post I started before I went to have lunch.
Ok, so remember when I was talking about my love of turtlenecks and I happened to mention that turtlenecks came into fashion because knights used to wear them under their armor to prevent chafing? You do remember that right? Good, because there is going to be a quiz later. Remember, it helped with the KNIGHT to NIGHT transition? Anyway, in that post, I also happened to mention that I adore chain mail. As I just pointed out, it has been around and cool since the middle ages. Are you getting all of this? My point is chain mail can be very fashion forward, very tasteful and very avant garde. Truth be told, it can also be hideous, but we all know that.
Yves Saint Laurent, chainmail dress, 2012, photo courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent.
Back of Yves Saint Laurent, chainmail dress (to the right), 2012, photo courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent.
Paco Rabanne, iconic chainmail dress, photo courtesy of Paco Rabanne.
Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati chain mail skirt, fall 2012, photo courtesy of YSL.
Versace Oroton (metal mesh) dress from the 1980’s, photo courtesy of Decades. Oroton was one of Gianni Versace’s signature fabrics.
Paco Rabanne chainmail dress, photo courtesy of Stylebop.com.
The Paco dress above is $7150.00
Below, please find some of Mrs. Jones & Co.’s chainmail offerings. By the way, the skirt/vest can be worn 100 different ways. I wore it over the Christmas holidays to a black tie event as a skirt over a textured skirt and a big ruffled blouse with a belt and big accessories. It worked.
Mrs. Jones & Co. chainmail skirt, photo courtesy of Mrs. Jones.
Mrs. Jones & Co. skirt/vest, photo courtesy of Mrs. Jones & Co.
Mrs. Jones & Co. long chainmail necklace/scarf, photo courtesy of Mrs. Jones & Co.