In Today’s Shopping Saturday is a LagenLook theme. Now, I see the term Lagenlook thrown around all the time, and it seems to have very far-ranging interpretations. Essentially, Lagenlook means a layered-look, often (but not always) including natural fibers like cotton, linen and silk and sort-of natural fibers like Rayon or even Tencel. The single photo of an atrocity is how Lagenlook goes terribly wrong and becomes wretched, unflattering, and entirely lacking in any sense of design. Please. No.
However, done well, there are some really great interpretations from elegant to artistic to a nearly couture-meets-the-fairy-queen that are lovely.
First, on the upper left, is an Eileen Fisher ensemble that is worthy of just about any semi-formal event. That particular ensemble is no longer available, but the website features many, many more minimalist interpretations of Lagenlook (which is German, by the way, for Layers).
Second from the left….How about those colors and movement from I Dare To Be by Designer Barbara Speer? Super flattering on any figure, the right combination of dye, layers and flowing components is absolutely stunning.
Upper row center is the place where design, dye, composition, texture and imagination gather to create wearable art. By Etsy seller RAWRAGSbyPK, all work done by the artist and created in Denmark. Her store is a visual feast. For every store like that, there are ten who think they can slap a doily on some 90s horror and call it romantic.
Last on the top row is a splendid piece that cries out for leggings, or harem pants, or a long skirt to pair with. Currently unavailable, I would watch that EBay seller for it to come back. pretty_big_stuff ships out of England.
Lower row, first from the left is a more structured, but still wonderfully layered design from From the fall 2011 InAisce collection.
Last, one more from RAWRAGSbyPK. I cannot thin of a better color than that rust and fiery copper combination. Dreamy.