STYLE GURU STYLE: Pleated 'N' Pink

My STYLE GURU STYLE look this week is inspired by the French ready-to-wear label Atelier de Production et de Création’s fall 2014 collection. The brand founded by Tunisian-born designer, Jean Touitou, is quite consistent in delivering a look that is clean cut and playful. Pulling inspiration from the wardrobe of the all-Parisian girl, the line takes great care in showcasing pieces that are flattering to the female figure without surrendering comfort in the process. This line proves that it is, in fact, possible to mix texture, pattern and color, without compromising simplicity.

Influenced by this couture-meets-everyday wear collection, I decided to inject a little color into my own outfit. I pulled out a soft pink cropped sweater from my primarily monochromatic wardrobe and paired it with a black textured midi skirt and my favourite staple piece—a black moto jacket. The flow of the skirt effectively contrasts the cropped tighter fit of the top, creating a silhouette and aesthetic redolent of the wide swing skirt and tucked shirt look that was à la mode in the ‘50s.

To complement the pink, I slipped on a pair of beige-colored patent pumps and a matching clutch, two pieces that I purchased for prom and have not seen the outside of my closet since. I tend to stay far away from heels for various reasons, chiefly because of my inability to walk in them and lack of poise. But I certainly believe that risks should be taken once in a while in the name of style and, this week, falling on my face is the one I’m grappling with. A.P.C.’s line is chic, yet accessible, fashion, featuring bomber jackets, trench coats and straight cut skirts. Touitou beautifully presents us with a collection that is the quintessence of understated luxe.

I may not know my way around eyeliner and a compact, but I’m confident in my ability to color inside the lines. So to complete this look, I went with the “femme Parisienne” signature crimson lip. Red lipstick is a real asset to makeup illiterates like me, it can honestly be the only tool required to create a statement.

Get My Look: 1. A black pleated midi skirt. 2. A pink cropped sweater. 3. A black moto jacket.