Ann Demeulemeester SS16

anneanne2 anne3 anne4 anne5 anne6 anne7Half S&M high priestess, half European ski enthusiast, Anne Demeulemeester’s SS16 collection is everything I would wear within the sweaty confines of a dark underground rave, but with 100% more nipple tape. In all seriousness, this was one of my favourite SS16 collections. What can I say? I love all black ensembles with mixed textures—leather, chiffon, silk, maybe a little bit of velvet if you’re feeling extra aesthetic. Although I’m not a huge fan of the peep toe shoes, I would probably kill for one of those incredible leather harnesses.

Images via Vogue.com

Vetements Spring Summer 2016

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Vetements, fashion’s new label du jour, has had a bit of a banner year. Finalist in this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Designers, hyped to shit by literally everyone in fashion, hugely responsible for the super long and baggy trend, and co-signs from both Rihanna and Kanye. Pretty impressive.

Well, Vetements’ head designer Demna Gvasalia just got an even bigger boost. Days after Alexander Wang’s final collection for Balenciaga (after a very underwhelming but brief period as the brand’s creative director), the iconic French fashion house named Gvasalia its new artistic director. Looking at Vetements’ Spring Summer 2016 collection, seen above, we can expect a pretty big change in the artistic direction at Balenciaga, which is probably a good thing. Vetements takes inspiration from punk rock’s DIY mentality and repurposes it in a very tongue-in-cheek way. It’s especially compelling in its mix of high and low. The collection includes everything from Star Wars printed JNCO-like pants, nightgown-inspired dresses, romantic florals, badass biker outfits, stylish sweatsuits, every colour of the rainbow, and leather aprons that look as inspired by butcher uniforms as they are by bondage wear. It’s not the most beautiful thing you’ll see on the runway—far from it. But after the snoozey past few seasons at Balenciaga, I think everyone is ready for a little more IDGAF attitude and unpredictability at Balenciaga.

What do you guys think about this news?

Images via Vogue.com

Cast No Shadow

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August always fills me with a subtle feeling of dread. Knowing that colder days are just around the corner doesn’t exactly make me jump for joy. Fall usually breezes by and boom, it’s October and it’s snowing already. I’m really gonna miss just throwing on two pieces of clothing, usually in black or white, and walking out the door.

This editorial shot by recently-featured photographer Ana Kraš does easygoing summer style perfectly. Featuring neutral pieces in cotton, silk, and leather from NYC’s VEDA, the black and white shots capture perfectly the laid-back simplicity and luxury of wearing a paper thin dress in the middle of the sweltering summer heat. Sigh.

Images via Veda

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.

True Colours

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Here I am, sweating profusely because I dare to wear a leather midi skirt in 40° weather. Anything for fashion, I suppose. I found this vintage leather skirt in the spring for mere pennies at my local thrift shop. Not only is it the right fit, it also has the perfect lace-up details on the side. Worn here with a simple American Apparel crop top, I felt classy but could still get down and bust a move. Win win!

Vintage leather skirt from Public Butter, top by American Apparel, and sandals by Zara

All images by The Pack

In Between Daze

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All images by The Pack

Dress Warm | Look Hot

20-fall-2015-ready-to-wear-street-style-06 28-fall-2015-ready-to-wear-street-style-03 Untitled-2 22-fall-2015-ready-to-wear-street-style-07Fashion industry people must be pleased turtlenecks layered under everything is so trendy right now. Save for the perfectly-styled nut in the first shot, almost every person in these street style photos is sporting a turtleneck. Even with drivers and cabs at their disposal, the weather for the past month has been no joke. Perhaps in London, it’s the same 10 degree weather they have all year round. That would probably explain the open-fur-and-crop-top combo on our bold first showgoer. But in NYC, it was frozen-snot levels of frigid all of last week.

If I’m being totally honest, I’d have to admit that a part of me feels immense satisfaction in seeing some of the most powerful, not to mention wealthy, women of fashion bow down to old man winter. If part of street style’s function is to inspire a love of clothes in its everyday readers who probably take public transit and walk outside like normal people, I can’t say it’d be very realistic to see bare legs and no scarf in the middle of February. Plus, no one wants to be reminded that they don’t have a personal driver, OK?

As nice as it is to think of fashion as fantasy, most of the time we need clothes that actually work. We have jobs and social lives and side hustles—do we gotta worry about being comfortable and warm in our clothes too? I’m gonna go ahead and say “nah” and present to you some of my favourite street style looks—featuring some stellar outerwear—from New York Fashion Week, and a few from London too. Out of respect for our readers, these shots were selected based on both style and functionality. Bonus points for the most brightly coloured because matching your clothes to the weather is a little depressing. So sorry, Olivia Palermo. Your bare legs with the nude pumps didn’t make the cut. Better luck next year!

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