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Editorial: Transitional

The most ignored rule in transitional wardrobing: balance.

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries




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Model
Zara Rosario

Beauty
Anahita Roshna

Fashion editor & photographer
Karina So.







words by Karina


Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

I first learned the importance of balance in one's wardrobe from a quote by one Holly Valance in an issue of Sugar... or perhaps it was Shout or one of the other embarrassing tween queen magazines I routinely hoarded, snuck into my suitcase and brought back with me to the motherland every year, even after having read cover to cover countless times, in a past life*. I don't think I ever found out who she was or what she did beyond the fact that it merited her inclusion in the article (a pretty wide berth given Britain's checkered history with churning out Z-list celebrities like confetti; see our "television personalities" for reference), but Miss Valance advised that one has to take the top/bottom approach when it comes to balancing covering up with showing a bit of skin - a chunky jumper calls for a miniskirt and a fitted top for wide-leg trousers, something to that effect.

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

I'm pretty sure she meant it in a cautionary way. If unheeded, one may end up falling on either side of the "slut"/"slob" fence. But balance is pretty much gospel when it comes to tackling the in-betweeners of the seasons, Spring and Autumn. If you could see me now, you'd know it is one I do not personally prescribe to; think overworked soccer mom... in a nunnery... in Antartica. But any conscientious fashion lover who takes their appearance as seriously as their knowledge of designer/label signatures knows how best to atone for sacrificial bare legs in October without compromising style... But why bare one's legs in the first place?

With the promise of Summer, shifting the dynamic of your wardrobe in Spring is like a certain Nelly music video. Layering is the icing on Winter's cake but when the mercury rises, we're reminded of how much easier life is when a camisole does not require a tactical combination of cardigan, jumper, scarf, hat, coat and co. on top it before one ventures outside.



Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries
Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries


Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries
The scales tip too quickly as we're reminded the sun is no longer just a light source with its rumoured "heat energy" slowly becoming evident, and suddenly ice cream doesn't seem like such a bad idea - not that some of us don't still have a bowl or two whilst combating shivers under the covers in December anyway #guilty.

But when it comes to Autumn, there is an undoubted reluctance, however subtle, to let that freedom go in exchange for more forgiving silhouettes and a crash course on sartorial insulation. The dark jewel tones and longline-everything synonymous with sub-zero temperatures are alluring enough but nothing beats Summer's liberal garment culling.

The balance seems quite firmly set in favour of the sun.

Before the Ned Stark memes begin their visual tirade**, this month's muse Zara Rosario, a dreamy Psychology undergrad I met on the interwebs a few weeks prior with enchantingly forlorn eyes, refreshing honesty and palpable intellect, shows you how Autumn's warmer palette and wear-it-while-you-still-can logic offers a transition more akin to nostalgic reticence of the wardrobe variety with the help of super-cool Anahita, an absolute wizard with a make-up brush.

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries
Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Let lightweight kimonos and miniskirts from festivals past stay out to play, with knee-high boots and turtlenecks handy, of course. Let our earthiest greens and botanical prints celebrate nature's bounty... as we watch the majority of it come to a yellowing end. The fun's not over until the fat lady sings, or until daylight-saving means you're more likely to get caught out in the night-time chill and need to get with the programme, as it were.

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries
Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

But when all else fails, remember denim is timeless.

Take that, Mother Nature. We'll let go of Summer when we're ready to let go.

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries
Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries
Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

Zara Rosario shot and styled by Karina So. for Ses Rêveries September 2015 | Ses Rêveries

P.S. Right, I promise, no weather references in the next editorial.


Credits

Model, hair stylist - Zara Rosario
Make-up artist - Anahita Roshna
Creative director, stylist, photographer - Karina So.


Outfit Credits

Links coming soon




*My apologies to the relatives whose junk belongings I refused was unable to squeeze in my suitcase and deliver to so-and-so in Nigeria on their behalf for this reason. But last time I checked my initials didn't spell out DHL so...

**I swear, I've seen one every year since, when will it stop?
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