SS15 Trend Watch: Amoeba Shapes

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L-R: Mary Katrantzou; Issa; Helen Lawrence for Fashion East

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 L-R: IcebergAdeam; Iceberg

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L-R: Thomas Tait; VionnetChristian Wijnants

We spied enough splotchy amoeba shapes adorning S/S 2015 lines to hail them a bit of a Spring micro-trend. Perhaps taking cues from cult-label Jacquemusplayful atomic ameoba fixation over the past few seasons, designers like Adeam and Helen Lawrence plastered dresses with huge amorphous patches. Issa and Mary Katrantzou featured wavy fissures that morphed throughout their designs while Thomas Tait and Christian Wijnants played with inconsistent protozoan patterns. At Iceberg and Vionnet delicate cellular appliqués and lacework were especially astounding.

Simone Rocha SS15

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Simone Rocha always brings it. Her SS15 collection was one of my favourites from the now-finished London Fashion Week because it made me question my strictly monochrome, aggressively plain personal style. The Simone Rocha woman is feminine and wants to be dressed in beautiful things. Simone has successfully delivered this every season since her debut in 2010. Born to renowned Irish designer John Rocha, Simone has carved her own uniquely romantic space in women’s ready-to-wear, and the fashion world took notice. Early this year, she was nominated and considered a front-runner for the LVMH Prize. Although the prize eventually went to the equally-uncompromising Thomas Tait, the loss did little to slow her rise. Hugely influential players in the industry, including Suzy Menkes and Karl Lagerfeld, have since come out in support of her designs, and her collections have found more and more buyers like Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan, Seoul, and Shanghai. rocha4 rocha5 rocha6

Her new collection, like much of her previous work, reflects a deep sense of romance with a touch of the erotic. Curly-tressed Victorian babes shuffled softly but not without purpose down the catwalk, dressed in various boudoir-like textiles like brocade, embroidered mesh, even marabou fur. Every piece is undeniably pretty, but never boring or wimpy. There’s power and grit in an all over gaudy red floral print, and similarly, in a woman who isn’t afraid to wear a completely see-through outfit. In fact, what makes these looks so memorable is their lack of restraint—why send down just one piece of transparent pink mesh when you can show an entire three-piece suit with the same fabric? rocha7 rocha8

When I read that a major source of inspiration for this collection was Wong Kar Wai’s films and Hong Kong, it made total sense to me why I couldn’t get these designs out of my mind. Wong is the master of romance done thoughtfully, and one of my favourite filmmakers. Every single one of his movies (In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express), from the cinematography to the costumes, from the music to the set design, have been artfully constructed to evoke love and longing and loss between the characters. I found that the red floral looks and the rose-embroidered mesh pieces, in particular, recalled the intricate, vibrant qipao dresses worn by Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love. Rocha’s grandmother is from Hong Kong and the designer visits the island every year. How lovely to see traces of her past in the beautiful clothes she makes.

All images via style.com

Fall Uniform

Untitled-1 Untitled-3Untitled-6 Untitled-5Untitled-4We have been blessed in Toronto with a lot. Drake, a flourishing techno sceneamazing comedians, and one of the warmest falls in recent memory. This means short sleeves, ripped denim, and exposed toes are still very much a part of my daily wardrobe. Since all-over-white gets a little trickier without excessive sunshine and agreeable temps, even with the warm autumn weather, I’ve had to make some minor adjustments to my weekday uniform to something more September-appropriate.

When it comes to dressing for early fall, distressed denim and lightweight, relaxed trousers are both great options. Scandalously short white tennis skirts are not. Thankfully I still get to wear plenty of white button down shirts, which I’ve accumulated quite the collection of. Here’s a great DIY tip I got from my friend Karolyne (who works as a fashion editor so you know she knows what’s up) if you happen to be working with a smaller budget: check your local Salvation Army or Goodwill for men’s oxford shirts in good condition. Disregard their sizing—you can fix this later. Take them home and measure the desired length of the shirt. Then simply cut along the measurements with a pair of very sharp scissors and roll the sleeves when finished. The raw hem and rolled cuffs give the stiff, polished oxford shirt a necessary dose of easy elegance, and best of all, you get to rock a modestly cropped top long after summer has gone.

I’m wearing ripped denim by current/elliott, thrifted crocodile shirt DIYed by me, sandals by zara, and fluffy fur earrings from my childhood.

Photos by aerielist