Thursday, March 29, 2012

Twittering on Tweed

Hi Everyone! Happy Thursday! Hubby and I had such a wonderful dinner experience at Vue de Monde Melbourne the other night. A truly great restaurant puts a high emphasis on creating that unique and engaging dining experience, not just limited to the taste and the presentation of food. They often like to take you on a journey, from the minute you step into the restaurant till the very end farewell at the end of the night, and sometimes even beyond. After a scrumptious and innovative degustation dinner of 10 courses (including dessert), the icing on the cake is the complimentary take home goodie bag ("For the morning after") that contained all the elements of a delicious gourmet continental breakfast. How thoughtful and memorable! Contrary to this modern cuisine journey, I wanted to reminisce an old fashion icon today - The tweed jacket.

I absolutely adore tweed, especially the tweed jacket. It is just classic, timeless, chic and can really lift your game in looking ultra polished and stylish. Now, depending on the style of the tweed jacket, you can either dress it up for a formal or corporate affair, or dress it down for a more fun look.
The raw material - tweed - was originally used for country wear, but throughout the 19th and 20th century, several manufacturers and designers employed innovative skills that really elevated the British tweed into an art form. As such, tweed has a long history of being one of the finest fabric materials in the world. Functionally speaking though, tweed is practical, warm and hard-wearing. 

By 1920s, Coco Chanel with her innovative, forward looking ideas and views for female clothes borrowed items commonly worn by men, and translated them into pared down stylish female fashion.  The iconic Chanel tweed jacket was just one example of which her designs were so different than those of her predecessors. The jacket was designed to give the wearer freedom of movement that had never before been experienced while wearing such a garment. The secret?...Silk lining. 

The classic Chanel suit became such a remarkable and enduring fashion icon season after season, decade after decade. Even today, the Chanel tweed suit continues to be one of the trademarks of good taste and style. Everything said, investing in the infamous Chanel tweed jacket is still very much on my acquisition plan, and part of an aspiration for the future =) Till that day comes, I will continue to enjoy browsing around and finding fun Chanel-inspired tweed jackets that reminds me a piece of history Ms. Coco Chanel has left behind.
Shorts: Zara;
Earrings: Chanel;
Bag: Chloe;
Shoes: Belle

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