The end of the summer is a bittersweet time. Saying goodbye to the beach, sleeping in and daily ice cream outings is never easy. Late nights out with friends turns into late nights studying in the library, and that guilty pleasure teen novel turns into a textbook. It’s not all bad though, because going back to school also means reuniting with friends, eating at your favorite restaurants (see you soon, Satsuma) and, of course, new clothes. My new house, new experiences and new semester of writing for CollegeFashionista all await me back in New Orleans.
With all the excitement that a new year brings, I always think it’s important to take time to reflect on the past few months. This summer I’ve learned so much about my own personal style and each designer’s individual aesthetic while writing the STYLE GURU STYLE column. I’ve taken more fashion risks this summer than ever before, and I hope you all have too after taking hints from my articles!
This week I learned about the brand Edun, created by U2’s Bono and his wife. The clothes are all ethically sourced from developing countries and are created by local residents in order to inspire change through gainful employment. In the past, the focus on the mission detracted from the designs themselves. Danielle Sherman was recently appointed creative director of the company, and given a clean slate to recreate the brand. The Edun spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection proved Sherman’s ability to bring real change to the company and establish a brand known for the clothes and not just the inspiring mission.
Sherman used inspiration from Africa, where the clothes are produced. The influence can be seen throughout the collection such as in the beautiful tribal prints and unique horn necklaces. While the colors in each outfit were generally two-toned, the looks were far from boring. The designer experimented with slitted skirts, cropped tops over longer blouses and breezy pants. Each outfit was wearable, modern and chic.
I was drawn to the black and white looks per usual, but especially loved the tribal printed jackets. I found a similarly patterned sweater to use as a base for my outfit. The sweater is perfect for back to school looks because it can easily be thrown over any outfit to keep warm in the heavily air conditioned classrooms. The Edun collection also featured many sheer fabrics which I translated into my look with a black mesh T-shirt over a bralette. To keep the outfit cool enough for the summer heat, I wore a short black skirt underneath, but for a Northeastern fall I’d pair it with black jeans or soft pants instead. Sherman kept her looks laid back by giving the models Birkenstock sandals to wear so I wore simple black flat sandals. For a final touch, I added a blue and black beaded necklace inspired by the tribal jewelry in the Edun collection.