Behind the Scenes – Yang Li SS16

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Images via Dazed

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.

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

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

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

Downtown || Chinatown

11180018 liang1 liang5 liang4 liang2 140726_0460 liang7liang3 140726_0543Sandy Liang is a 23-year-old fashion designer based in New York City. Educated at Parsons, Liang produced her acclaimed debut collection during the FW14 season. Equally influenced by downtown cool and Chinatown kitsch, Liang’s designs immediately appealed to my personal tastes and Chinese heritage. Her current collection for spring summer is an absolutely delight, incorporating 70s boho, raw-edged denim, and sporty details with aplomb. I didn’t think sporty and 70s style could look this good together. I guess I was wrong.

Images via Sandy Liang