Cos & Effect

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Sadly if you live outside of Toronto or Montréal, you’re out of luck as the store currently does not ship in Canada. But for everyone else, you can peep their fall winter 2015 collection right now at participating Canadian locations.

Images via Cos

De la Crème

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All the peacocking aside, fashion week street style is still unbelievably fun and inspiring to look at. Trend-wise, we’re in this weird transitional period between when athletic wear was absolutely everywhere and the steady rise in popularity of 70s boho style. It makes for a really great mix of styles, and it’s nice to see the usual suspects interpret their favourite aspects of each trend, sometimes even incorporating both in the same ensemble. Apologies for the massive photo dump. I just couldn’t choose! So much love.

All images via Vogue.com

Thomas Tait SS16

Untitled-1 Untitled-2 Untitled-3 Untitled-4 Untitled-5 Untitled-6 Untitled-7Thomas Tait is, in my humble opinion, one of the top three most innovative and thoughtful designers working in fashion today. His recent spring summer 2016 collection in London makes me more convinced than ever that my opinion is fact. He works with unconventional colours and combines out-of-the-box fabrics and somehow it all works. The man has taste. He does sexy allure that oozes elegance. His styling is unexpected but impeccable—I never thought a mustard tank top could look so fancy paired with a shaggy jacket. His ability to think of fresh ways to show skin is commendable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen strategically placed, embellished circular holes like these being used to show off some leg. I adore the dark denim with embellished knee holes, which are a welcomed riff on ripped-at-the-knees jeans that have been absolutely everywhere for the past season. I even love the super cakey mascara on some of the models. IT ALL WORKS AND I AM FLABBERGASTED. What a treat it is to experience Tait’s designs season after season. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him.

Images via Vogue.com

Opening Ceremony SS16

OC OC2 OC3 OC4 OC5 OC6 OC7 OC8 OC9The large Céline-like buttons, the choppy fringe, the squiggly-lined collars, the cozy pyjama silhouettes, every shade of cream and beige….Opening Ceremony’s SS16 collection might not be the most groundbreaking collection this season, it might not even be the most groundbreaking in New York, but it utilizes its influences and executes them perfectly. Models look comfortable but surprisingly glam—the ornate shades might have something to do with it. I’m a sucker for the low-key frumpy long-dress-over-long-shirt combo—I don’t know why it works but it looks feminine as hell. And all of the beige and ivory is a welcomed sight after the non-stop white of the past few seasons.

Images via Vogue.com

Peak Boho

TRF_01_1920 TRF_02_1920 TRF_04_1920 TRF_05_1920 TRF_06_1920 TRF_07_1920 TRF_08_1920 TRF_11_1920 TRF_12_1920 TRF_13_1920 TRF_14_1920 TRF_15_1920 TRF_17_1920 TRF_18_1920A lot has been written about the rise in popularity of 70s boho style, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Zara recently released their fall womanswear campaign, and it was all bellbottoms, suede jackets, cropped jeans, and fur in rich fall shades. Not everyone is on board. And if I’m being real with you, even if I have been on board in the past, I’m not sure if I’m down with being inundated by all of this print-heavy, flowy clothing. Perhaps it’s because of the changing ways in which we consume fashion and trends, but with each passing season it feels like trends are becoming less and less diverse. Instead of labels sticking with trends that reflect their brand, every label, especially in the fast fashion world, are just going for the same thing. This makes shopping an extremely dull experience, and causes fashion-savvy consumers like myself to grow tired of trends much much faster. Of course there are things I will always love about 70s style, like the cozy long jackets, vibrant hues, and copious amounts of suede. (I hate the printed dresses) But when a trend is this reminiscent of pieces you can find at literally any vintage store in your city, I fail to see the appeal in purchasing it brand new and made with lower quality fabrics.

What do you think about 70s style?

Images via Zara

Andrea Jiapei Li SS16 for Made Fashion

1426267061986572616Untitled-1 stylewylde_Andrea_Jiapei_Li_SS2016-25 1426267062115885384 stylewylde_Andrea_Jiapei_Li_SS2016-30Untitled-2 1426267062182221640Untitled-6 1426267062541659208Untitled-3 stylewylde_Andrea_Jiapei_Li_SS2016-32Untitled-5 stylewylde_Andrea_Jiapei_Li_SS2016-24Untitled-4 stylewylde_Andrea_Jiapei_Li_SS2016-35Andrea Jiapei Li made her debut at VFiles’ Made Fashion runway show last season. Her work with dramatic shapes and fabric manipulation made a massive impression on me, and it’s nice to see she’s kept up the excellent work this season as well. Not one to regurgitate her past work, Li focused her attention this time around on intricate details of ties and buckles and eye lits, and introduced a new line of killer bags. She didn’t leave behind her love of baggy silhouettes, which I felt extremely relieved about. Every ensemble looks stylish enough to attend fashion shows in but cozy enough to lounge in your suite in post-show.

Stayed tune for more coverage of the Spring Summer 2016 collections in the coming days and weeks!

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Givenchy SS16

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Images via i-D