Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of winter. I mean, I’d love it if I could spend all day every day cuddled up at home, under the blanket, with my favorite person, hot drink and book by my side. But, enter reality, that’s not the case, which leads to me becoming a hermit also known as a type of person you’re only able to lure out of its den with an offering of food.
But there is always a but, now and again I see a winter piece of clothing that actually makes me think to myself: wait, if I had this, I’d definitely be going out more during colder months (truth is, I probably wouldn’t, but it’s always nice to dream that I could ever change). And one of those things is pretty much anything from Suzana Bićanić’s Puff collection presented at this years Ljubljana Fashion Week.
Suzana is a student of fashion design at Faculty of Design, Ljubljana whose main goal was to make women’s activewear sexy, confident and feminine while at the same time keeping it comfortable as well as functional. And if these cuts, colors, and patterns don’t express just that, then I don’t know what does. Big puffy jackets and old-school ski rompers in every bright and fresh color possible are bound to make you look twice. I mean, talk about being spotted at the ski resort (and being clumsy as I am, being easily spotted is great for multiple reasons)! Because let’s be honest, usually, if a piece of activewear looks good, it’s not functional and if it’s functional, it quite often just doesn’t please our visual sense. But here’s a little public announcement: women’s activewear being a hell of a sexy and at the same time functional is not mutually exclusive. And Bićanić’s collection is a great example of just that.
It’s the playfulness of pop art colors and the nostalgic feel of the 60s/70s stitching of the collection that really made it stand out from the rest of the collections as well as really got my attention. It’s a collection not for the faint of hearted or those who like to stick to the guidelines but at the same time it doesn’t limit itself to outdoorsy winter-loving women as the pieces are totally suitable for little hermits like me who don’t necessarily enjoy winter sports but love a little dose of color to spice up our life (yes, that was a Spice Girls reference all right) and our walks in town during those grey winter days. Well done, Suzana, well done!