1205 FW16

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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.

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Behind the Scenes – Yang Li SS16

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The Row Spring Summer 2016

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The Olsen twins have consistently wowed me as designers and stylists since the inception of their cozy-luxe label The Row. Now that the brand has moved their show from their home base in New York to Paris, it’s nice to see that the quality has remained unchanged and distinctly The Row. Sure, there are a few more body skimming pieces than in past seasons. But the Row woman still displays a demure grace, even in a bum-grazing micro-mini.

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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?

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