We’re still waiting for Spring to arrive for good in this part of the world, but this doesn’t stop my adventurous mind from dreaming of far-flung romantic places. Ralph Lauren is once again center stage, because no one can imagine a world of romance and elegance quite like Ralph Lauren. Inspired by the brand’s classics, today I turn my attention to the safari shirt, an essential item for the spring-summer wardrobe.
Often enough, a feminine outfit appeals to me, but the truth is that my style usually resorts to a more utilitarian look, a balance between masculine and feminine. The safari shirt embodies just that: an active-spirited style, casual, but classy, “a romantic symbol of elegance and adventure”. I think it’s enough to describe why it is so perfect for the warm season. Inspired from the military style and presenting a few distinctive elements, like large buttoned-flap or bellows pockets at the chest and sometimes epaulettes and adjustment sleeve tabs, the safari shirt usually comes in white or all the shades of the desert. It’s a piece that, through its practicality and extreme simplicity, will never date.
I love these cinematic images, hinting of colonial Africa, that conjure up a vintage travel theme, the art of travel as captured in Norman Parkinson’s photography and which transport me to movies like Mogambo (1953) and Out of Africa, set in the early 20th century, the golden age of travelling. Have a good week!
photos: 1st collage (clockwise, from top left): 1-Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 campaign / 2,3-Ralph Lauren Spring 1984 campaign / 4-Ralph Lauren Spring 2002 campaign / 2nd collage (clockwise, from top left): 1-Cass Bird, Maiyet Fall 2012 campaign / 2-Ralph Lauren safari campaign, circa 1980s / 3-Carter Smith, Louis Vuitton Travel 2010 campaign; styled by Antje Winter