Raf Simmons’ corset tied blazers at Dior loudly ushered in the micro-trend on the Autumn runways and for Resort 2015, a number of designers were threading grommets and tying up frocks in different ways. At Antonio Berardi, corset details were bold and they adorned both floor-length gowns and miniskirts. Chloe and See by Chloe bore the trend prominently while Tome and Altuzarra kept their tie-up details discreet. At Juan Carlos Obando and Roberto Cavalli, tied up silks were laced and cinched to perfection. *lights cigarette* Do try these looks at home.
Impromptu shoot in a nighttime alleyway somewhere. Not sketchy at all. As per usual, the women of The Pack found themselves wearing matching outfits without any planning at all. But we suppose it isn’t hard when the only colours we indulge in—technically non-colours—are black and/or white. Also we share a brain.
Lolitawoolf is wearing mesh Nike jersey and shoes from Deena & Ozzy, aerielist wears vintage Nike windbreaker courtesy of SOOP SOOP and Air Force 1s, and shhrug wears white denim skirt by Marques’Almeida and the sickest thrifted crystal slides. ❤
Photos taken by Tyler and edited by aerielist
I don’t say this often…but my mind is blown. Designer Melitta Baumeister is a native of Berlin who is now based in NYC. A 2013 graduate of Parsons – The New School for Design, Baumeister presented an acclaimed FW 2014 capsule collection for VFILES—seen here—and obviously Rihanna ended up wearing that gorgeous black coat on the red carpet. Everything about this lookbook speaks to me—that the clothes manage to be both austere and whimsical (yes to banana-sculpted outerwear), the stark black and white, the exaggerated silhouettes, the industrial fabrics, and so on. Thank you, A magazine, for the fashion pro-tip. Thank you, Rihanna, for wearing everything we ever end up writing about.
Artful nudes and high fashion photography go together like bacon and eggs, or bucket hats and #sadboys. But for what has felt like an eternity, it seemed like high fashion editorials have barely made a blip on the Canadian publishing radar, leaving us fashion-starved hosers to settle for out-of-date shopping guides and meatless editorial spreads.
But as Gandalf and Buddha would say, nothing is permanent, and the fashion publishing landscape in Canada is changing for the better. With beautifully-made and artfully designed publications like Bad Day and Frische rising out of our soulless, mass media rubble, and with shops like SOOP SOOP doing their part in spreading the good word, it’s sort of nice to be Canadian and into fashion these days.
The Toronto-based, Milan-founded styling and photography group MILA is another such entity making it a little more interesting ’round these parts. Handling everything from photography to styling to photo editing, the two women of MILA, Maddalena Petrosino & Eleonora Gaspari are pretty much behind every element of their editorials short of modelling the clothes themselves. The photoset seen here appeared in the Italian online mag nss and features clothing and accessories from SOOP SOOP, Kaelen, and Armed.
Remember scarf skirts and bandana tops? They might seem like distant early-2000 boho memories or the mainstay uniform of neo-hippies, but for Resort 2015, designers want you to get reacquainted with those golden era Olsen twin memories. Asymmetrical hemlines were all over the Resort presentations and done in an array of ways. Ruffly, sculptural, flowy, and sporty – no matter the look, the hemlines were overwhelmingly crooked.
Take it from us, the scarf skirt no longer conveys one’s enthusiasm for slacklining or juggling. I’ve been wearing a white denim (duh) scarf-cut asymmetrical mini this summer in non-boho ways and it’s felt great.
Y’all knew it was only a matter of time before I shared with you my growing obsession with bucket hats. It’s got that perfect mix of of functionality and boyish streetwear vibe I dig. When I stood under the pissing rain for 8 hours straight yesterday for Time Festival, all I could think about was how much I needed a hat that covered me all around the head. But seeing as how I have an abnormally-shaped, oversized head (like a pancake?), I have yet to actually put one on for fear of not being able to fit it over my crown. Also, where does one find a bucket hat in the year 2014 anyway?
Click for more super-cool bucket hats after the jump.
We admit it. We’ve been sippin’ on the kimchi brine pretty hard as of late, and I am quite possibly the worst offender. You can’t really blame us though. Sure, exciting things in fashion are not restricted to just this one tiny peninsula, but for the past few years my ladies from the Land of the Morning Calm have really emerged as a new and exciting influence on the global style scene, creating garments that appeal to young women who want to wear more than just another pretty dress. It also doesn’t hurt my obsession that, because I’ve lived there, I can’t help but feel a personal connection to the country’s growing pack of young designers.
The Resort 2015 collection reviews were littered with dissenting commentary about the tradition of releasing lines of clothing meant to be worn on winter vacation. These collections will hit stores in mid-October of this year, when most are dressing for fall, and very few are buying specifically for getaways. This explains many designers’ push to label their Resort collections “pre-Spring” and to design them as the bridge between their last Autumn collections and upcoming Spring lines. Even the likes of Oscar de la Renta went so far as to proclaim that “Resort means nothing” this season. I understand the sentiment and the economic incentive behind labeling a line as pre-Spring and by extension, shoppable, but I do still enjoy the idea of Resort.
As per its namesake, Resort can range from the luxurious and unattainable to the super trashy and all-inclusive. Naturally, I relish in the latter and being that I’m also on a serious turn-of-the-millennium fashion tip lately, I ate up a lot of the asymmetrical hemlines, off-putting metallics, and unflattering ruffles that designers brought out for Resort. I want to pack my bags with each of these weird and weirder outfits and wear them while drinking daiquiris at an outdated-looking pool bar on a Blau Resort right now.
(Stay tuned for upcoming Resort Trend Watch posts – we did take it kind of seriously).
Alma mater of fashion’s most revered design collective, the Antwerp Six, Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts is ground zero for emerging avant garde talent, and this year’s graduating classes presented work that more than lived up to what we’ve come to expect from this prestigious fashion program. Some of fashion’s most influential innovators, like Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons, and Martin Margiela, spent their defining years here, and the culture of creativity and enrichment that produced these big names continue to turn out extraordinary artists. This year’s MA and BA collections were curated by the current head of the fashion department, Walter Van Beirendonck, who is also a Royal Academy of Fine Arts alumni and member of the Antwerp Six. The judging panel included the Style Bubble’s Suzie Lau and Marie Schuller from SHOWStudio.
If you’ve been reading The Pack for the past month, you know we’ve been covering all of the grad shows from the world’s most renowned fashion programs. The collections from today’s post, however, were clear favourites. You can see all of the runway looks here, but click after the jump for an in-depth look at two collections that completely blew me away.