I don’t know about you, but I seldom see my grandmother sitting Indian-style on the front lawn or sniffing flowers in an off the shoulder midriff top– but that could just be me. In the graphic filled, vintage inspired Wildfox Resort 2012/2013 collection, entitled Granny’s Closet, the modern day elder is embodied in models Mila De Wit and Nyasha Matanhodze. With a bit of wit and humor, the collection has classic pieces from the cozy button-down sweater and floral cropped pant, to polka dot shorts and an “I Love My Cat” t-shirt. As described on I Love Wildfox, the assortment of quirky outfits transform granny from our fumbling, no holds barred senior to the young girl she once was and still is at heart.
“This collection is a tribute to granny and her perfectly mismatched style, her love of cats, jewels, travels and gardening, her hair that she never cuts, the old mansion she bought in the 90’s with the last of her savings, her big glasses she always wears to brunch, and that grandma spirit we all know and adore.” – Kimberly Gordon of Wildfox
What a delightful muse, isn’t it? We’ve all seen collections replicating style from decades gone by, but when have we ever held up a glass for granny’s closet? Paired with this beautiful concept and photography by Mark Hunter, thanks to Wildfox Resort ’12/13 (due out this month), suddenly all those summers sifting through grandmothers old photos and jewelry boxes have gathered new meaning.
“Going to Grandmas house as a kid you don’t really think of her as a young woman, you see her as she is, old and maybe a bit crabby, hilarious and totally picky, wearing outfits she’s had since the 60’s mixed with incredibly funny 80’s sweat suits and orthopedic shoes.”
“Her cat ornaments fill the edge of the glass table, you try on her pearl earrings and polka dot bangles, sparkling costume diamonds and dark red lipstick, looking in the mirror for a second you can almost picture her, 18, summertime, crushing over the Paul Newman look-alike lifeguard at the lake, or 21 years old laughing with her girlfriends over gin martinis in nude thigh highs and pin curls.”
“…when you see one of those old photos of her it can be fantastically over whelming… this is where you came from!”
Image Source: I Love Wildfox