Beaufille FW16

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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

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

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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NYFW AW15: Best Of

dazed-rick-owens-0925-number-8 10427362_612580215540127_6495771398530206157_n Hood-by-air-aw15-nyfw-imag-via-Dazed-digital-shot-by-Dillon-SachsB9rIdBIIMAA4J3BNew York fashion week is over. As the fashion set jets off to London‘s more experimental pastures, we here at The Pack wanted to assess everything we saw in the past week. With all the hype surrounding Kanye West’s collection for Adidas Originals, the accessories frenzy over at HBA, and all the fuss about Tom Ford moving his (underwhelming)collection to Los Angeles, it’s easy to forget the actual clothes, especially ones as practical and literally ready to wear as the ones presented during NYFW. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises. Lots of beautifully executed 70s details from the usually safe players—Ralph Lauren, Rebecca Minkoff, Calvin Klein—and even from the usually not-so-safe players like Altuzarra and Zimmermann. Lots of earthy browns seen everywhere from Victoria Beckham to Calvin Klein to Derek Lam. Never thought I’d be drooling over brown, of all colours. And of course, plenty of fur collars and fur in general, at Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

For obvious reasons, the collections that stood out the most were ones that strayed from the recurring themes of this fashion month, or ones who articulated their influences in a subtle way. Inspired by a new collection of photographs by Spike Jonze, Opening Ceremony‘s collection featured whispers of the 70s shape (in the way of flute hems and high turtlenecks) with plenty of other motifs thrown into the mix. There were prints and jacquards produced from Jonze’s photographs (not as gauche as it sounds actually), vintage Kodak printed shirts, and assymetrical knits that felt more 90s than disco. At The Row and Ryan Roche, garments were hardcore relaxed and executed with precise hands, but we all know both labels have been on this tip for a minute now. The all over pleats at HBA were unlike anything I’ve seen before. And the grunge meets sporty utilitarian looks at Public School seemed simultaneously nostalgic and unfamiliar.

I was excited to see one of the more diverse New York Fashion Weeks in a while. No idea if this signals something industry-wide or if it’s just in New York, which is usually the most racially diverse out of the four fashion weeks anyway. I’m crossing my fingers for London, but probably not holding my breath for Paris and Milan.

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Alexander Wang AW15

wang-1 wang-2 wang-3 wang-4 wang-5 wang-6Four days into New York Fashion Week, and I was a little underwhelmed by what I had seen so far. It’s not totally surprising. Out of the four major fashion weeks, I must say New York hosts by far the most commercially marketable and conceptually safe brands. With a few notable exceptions, American design brings up the suburban chic of Michael Kors and Coach, the classic preppiness of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, and the red carpet friendly designs of Zac Posen and Vera Wang. Although their influence on international fashion can’t be underestimated (hello, Isabel Marant), contemporary American design rarely surprises like its British and French counterparts.

Leave it to Alexander Wang to rock my fishnets off, and with an (almost) all-black collection at that. I was relieved to see him step away from the sportiness of his past collections. Honestly I haven’t felt excited about anything he’s designed, for Balenciaga and for his own line, in a while for that very reason. It was ballsy of him to work with all black, as they don’t photograph well and can look flat on the runway. He was smart about it, though, using a variety of fabrics (matte and shiny) and embellishing them with hardware. Wang has always had a great sense for styling, and the stacked boots with the wet hair and slightly undead-looking makeup worked perfectly with the goth-inspired clothes. Standouts included the quilted long coat and mini skirt, the long velvet dress with fringe, the leather culottes worn with a leather-bibbed top, and of course, the naughty chain mail dresses towards the end. Look for those in a million editorials come fall.

Images via style.com

Logan Jackson for Editorial Mag

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Kanye West presented his debut collection for Adidas Originals yesterday on day 1 of New York Fashion Week. The collection was full of aggressively bare body stockings, military outerwear, and post-apocalyptic lounge suits. Inspired by the London riots, the garments were super stripped down, favouring functionality and uniformity over flashiness and embellishments.

‘Ye described it as the world’s first “solution-based” clothing line. No doubt these are clothes designed to make survival in a problematic contemporary world a little easier, but they’re hardly the world’s first. If anything, Kanye is simply tapping into a shift that’s been quietly brewing in fashion for some time. Designers like Eckhaus Latta and Moses Gauntlett Cheng (seen in the above editorial) have been making cozy, dystopian chic garments for a few seasons now. While Eckhaus Latta achieves the post-apocalyptic feel of their clothes by using unconventional synthetic materials (perhaps salvaged from abandoned hospitals and hardware stores in this fantasy world I’m imagining), Moses Gauntlett Cheng’s clothes look thoroughly organic, as if pieced together in a dystopian/utopian future after civilization is brought back to its natural, more tribal roots.

OK, so maybe I’ve watched 2001 one too many times. I think I just like the clothes. I love their undone quality, and how photographer Logan Jackson shot the models wearing them. These are clothes made for chillaxing, so why not capture pretty people doing exactly that in them?

Images via Editorial magazine