SS15 Trend Watch: Racing Stripes

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 L-R: Paco RabanneZDDZ for VFiles; Viktor & RolfReed Krakoff; Apiece Apart

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L-R: Lisa Perry; Carven; ZDDZ for VFilesProenza Schouler

 My parents came of age in the seventies and they took me and my little sister to the races pretty regularly when we were growing up. My dad worked in the pits on friends’ cars and sometimes we got to go down there with him and get our eardrums blown by the inconsolable sound of engines and tires all around us. Without any mechanical inclinations myself, but with fierce curiosity and a propensity to put everything into categories, I was always asking and re-asking about the difference between indy car racing, stock car racing, and drag racing. Then there were classic motocross racing and all the varieties of motorcycles. I don’t think I ever figured any of it out, but I can remember the event of going to the races making my nineties upbringing feel a little seventies-tinged, a little gritty and rebellious.

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 L-R: Public SchoolReed Krakoff; Tim CoppensCarven

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L-R: Louis Vuitton; Heohwan Simulation; Topshop Unique; PradaCarven

As a grown adult I can’t even drive standard, but harbour a special appreciation for Scorpio Rising and a false sense of authority, like I can uniquely gauge designers’ uses of racing stripes, exaggerated seventies leisure suit collars, and brown suede patchwork on the S/S 2015 runways because of my over-exposure to Victory Lane Speedways and classic rock. (let’s roll with it…) That seventies vibe that designers were pushing for this coming Spring falls flat when it’s too polished or precious. Proenza Schouler win this competition handily – their baggy leather midi-length racecar driver dresses are a fucking dream. Carven crosses the finish line second, sending out a crew of Euro racer girls in stiff smocks clutching their leather satchels to their sides like helmets.

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L-R: Miu Miu; Lisa Perry; Viktor & RolfCarven

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L-R: Paco Rabanne; Proenza Schouler; Sachin & BabiLouis Vuitton

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L-R: Prabal Gurung; Miu Miu; Heohwan Simulation; Miu Miu

SS15 Trend Watch: Lattice and Die-Cut Patterns

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 L-R: Balenciaga; Whistles; AkrisErmanno ScervinoBalenciaga

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 L-R: Isa Arfen; Altuzarra; Custo Barcelona; Peter Som; Darek Lam

Strict grid patterned lattice pieces and geometric die-cut details were by far the biggest trends across all S/S 2015 fashion weeks. From chain-link fabric overlays to caged frocks and intricate die-cut patterns, the Spring runways saw both calculated, architectural takes on the trend as well as more romantic approaches. We’ve loved the look of lattice-cut fabrics since slipping on Toujours x Fidele’s white cage dress this past Spring. As the last days of Paris’ fashion week come to a close we bet you’ll see the trend on a few more runways too. Cut-outs are so in 😉

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L-R: Whistles; Timo Weiland; Milly; Threeasfour; Fendi

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L-R: Issa; Milly; Rick Owens; Balenciaga; Julien MacdonaldAkris

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L-R: Yohji Yamamoto; Proenza Schouler; Roland Mouret; Gabriele ColangeloKenzo; Proenza Schouler

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L-R: Isa Arfen; Reed Krakoff; Custo Barcelona; Versus Versace; Altuzarra

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