Small Wonders

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Every once in a while, I come across a Canadian fashion label that surprises me with its innovation and out-of-the-box ideas. Paulina Wonders’ Atelier Wonder is one such example. Based in Montréal, the emerging label combines humour with elements of pop symbolism, clubwear, and unisex style. The results are colourful, fun, and not easy to forget. The brand’s Instagram account is a constant source of inspiration as well. It is my hope that come October, Toronto Fashion Week will be full of collections like this, rather than the usual gowns and snooze-inducing ensembles.

Images via Atelier Wonder

Lukhanyo Mdingi

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Peep more here.

Images via Lukhanyo Mdingi

Vejas SS15

Untitled-3 Untitled-2 Untitled-5 Untitled-1 Untitled-4 Untitled-6Mark our words: boundary-pushing collections by up-and-coming NYC designers are likely preoccupied with post-gender and post-apocalyptic themes. Perhaps the art school kids are getting fed up with the oppressive effects of rigid gender roles and how clothes are often used to enforce these ideals. Perhaps they realize the world’s industries, including fast fashion, are causing irreparable damage to the environment, making the idea of a post-apocalyptic world not just science fiction.

New York designer Vejas Kruszewski, much like Pack favourites like HBA and Eckhaus Latta, is very much interested in these ideas. Perturbed by issues of inclusivity that have long plagued / been perpetuated by the fashion world, Vejas makes it a priority to work with transgendered models and models of colour. Her clothes are influenced by simplicity and multi-functionality, and they celebrate rather than shy away from nudity and impropriety. (Her FW205 collection was described by a journalist as having a “Farm Thot” aesthetic) Organic fabrics of leather and cotton in shades of black, grey, and beige dominate her SS15 collection, resulting in earthy looks that are protective and practical. Vejas is inspired by the notion of “the last girl standing”—women who are resilient and have probably seen some shit. So I suppose it’s no coincidence that the model in these shots is wearing a headdress like a tribal queen, and that certain pieces look like they can be worn in different ways depending on the situation.

Check out looks from her FW16 collection here

Images via Vejas

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Photography: Adrien Toubiana & Thomas Cristiani
Styling: Pauline Collet
Model: Maya @ Major Paris

Monochrome: always a safe bet, even in summer.

A few black and white looks to inspire you on days when you just don’t feel like thinking about what to wear. For example, today, I’m wearing an impossibly boring outfit of black jeans with black shirt with black mules. But the important thing is that I feel good and look put together. Most of us can’t afford these gorgeous, primarily-Issey Miyake pieces, but there’s no harm in dreaming. I love the delicate pleats of the white top paired with tightly-woven hair. And the black mock turtleneck top paired with a black pencil skirt is so simple but still attracts my eyes. This is almost entirely due to the perfect fit of the pieces on the model, so definitely think about that the next time you shop for basics.

All images via Drop