Loewe Spring Summer 2016

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Images via Vogue.com

Arthur Arbesser Spring Summer 2016

arthur arthur2 arthur3 arthur4 arthur5 arthur6 arthur7 arthur8Arthur Arbesser is a relative newcomer but in the short time he’s been active in the Milan womenswear scene, he’s already nabbed a finalist spot in the prestigious LVMH Prize for Young Designers. So while I wasn’t surprised by the high quality of his Spring Summer collection, I was taken aback by the style and influences running throughout his girly creations. Compared to the avant garde looks of his LVMH-shortlisted collection, these pieces are decidedly more casual, and packs a youthful allure that makes the viewer, i.e. me, feel creepy and voyeuristic. Perhaps it has something to do with the barely legal looks of some of the models? Or perhaps it’s the floral and kitty prints, the schoolgirl hair clips, and the fact that the only footwear in the collection are gym sneakers and lady-like pumps, which made me think of my teenage years playing dress up in my mom’s closet, trying to look taller and more lady-like in her heels. Yes, this collection definitely made me think of that Britney hit “Not a girl, not yet a woman”, as the looks seem very much inspired by those inbetween years when girls can’t wait to grow up but still retain an undeniable innocence. It certainly makes for a memorable collection—that cat-printed suit is all mine—but no comment on the problematic fetishization of this virginal ideal.

Images via Vogue.com

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

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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

Andrea Jiapei Li SS16 for Made Fashion

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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

Northern Exposure

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The Swedes are a well-dressed bunch, and they have a proclivity for ensembles that lean towards the minimal. Fine by me.

This selection of street style shots were taken from outside of participating Stockholm Fashion Week venues, with runway shows taking place last week. Shot by The Locals’ Søren Jepsen, outfits ran the gamut from sporty minimal to 70s minimal to relaxed minimal. I love the understated accessorizing done so well by the Swedes, as well as their unabashed love of American denim.

Special shout out to style.com today, as this is the last day they will be posting content. In its place: Vogue Runway, which will launch in time for the Spring Summer 2016 runway season. While I don’t doubt Vogue has the ability to deliver high-quality runway and street style coverage, I have a bit of a sentimental attachment to style.com, as it’s the website that I relied on the most when I first became interested in runway shows and emerging indie designers. Nothing is permanent, everything is transient, thanks for the proper schooling, style.com ❤

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Earthy Babes

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LRS Studio is a New York-based label led by Mexican-born and L.A.-raised designer Raul Solis. As you can see from the label’s FW 2015 lookbook, Solis loves to play with colour and texture in his garments, although the finished product is never overdone. Instead, pieces are vibrant, intriguing, idiosyncratic, but are still extremely wearable, thanks to classically-cut silhouettes and the use of fabrics like leather, wool, cashmere, and vinyl. Solis is inspired by music, street style, and nightclub culture, and from these divergent sources he crafts clothes that are equal parts rebellious and refined, organic and abstract.

You can check out more of the brand’s looks and fall campaign over on their IG.