Give me pleat! Pleats are the essential fashion update for summer and beyond. The thing I love about pleats, is that pleats can go from looking trim and tailored to looking open and free in an instant.
When you move, pleats move – and always in the right direction. Pleats are fun and flirty, because pleats convey a school girl innocence. And lately, I’ve seen pleats showing up on button down shirts too. No matter where you find pleats, I think that well executed pleats have the ability to make even the simplest thing you’re wearing look more special and sexy without trying too hard.
Pleats take on a whole new sophistication in the hands of Sacai’s founder, designer Chitose Abe. Mrs. Abe trained under designer Rei Kawakubo of Commes Des Garçons, Kawakubo is known as one of great technical virtuosos of the fashion world. The mastery and precision of Abe’s pedigree comes through in the cut and construction of her garments which, in my opinion, are collectable.
At Sacai, Mrs. Abe has become a master of the modern detail that updates a wardrobe without overwhelming what you already have and that, in my book, is an important distinction. My deepest fashion desire is to find clothes that make me look right now, fresh, and new without looking ridiculous. Sacai is a very deft master of creating that little detail. The cut and placement of these pleats is the perfect example of the game changing motif that makes you say “Why didn’t I think of that?”
I was introduced to Sacai by one of my favorite boutiques, En Avance in Miami. The owner of En Avance, Karen Quinones, has been a fashion leader and also a ride-to-die friend of mine for the last twenty something years. Karen’s buying trips to places like Paris, London and Peru always bring back discoveries that land in my closet to become treasures that I’ll wear and adore for years at time. I’m all about supporting woman owned businesses, so I need to mention that En Avance is the longest standing Latina owned independent boutique in Miami.
If you get a chance next time you’re in the Miami Design District, stop in and have a glass of champagne or Rosé at the shop with my friend Karen and let her introduce you to a new world of style.
P.S. You can check out Commes Des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s avant-garde vision and technical virtuosity at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute right now. You’ll catch a few pictures of me in the exhibit too. Kawakubo was a staunch and influential champion of mine during my early modeling career. I remain to this day in awe of and big fan of her work.
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