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1205 1205a 1205b 1205c 1205d 1205e1205fLeave it to London’s 1205 to pump out one of the most refined and luxurious collections from London Fashion Week in recent memory. Creative director Paula Gerbase trained on Savile Row, and her meticulous eye for tailoring and proportions is apparent in every well-cut overcoat, and in every pair of perfectly-slouchy trousers. London Fashion Week tends to host some of the more eclectic and bolder ready-to-wear collections each season. It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised with this one.

Images via Vogue.com

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

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Oh my sweet versatile Chloë. Actress, model, 90s music video ingenue, style icon. She makes me question my heterosexuality on a regular basis and also makes cool threads for Opening Ceremony. Designing for the NYC brand since 2008, Chloë has come a long way from her earlier, less focused collections. This new one was inspired by Heathers and Japanese harajuku culture. As played out as both of those references are, I love the clothes she created from them. Much like her personal style, Chloë’s strength with fashion design lies in her ability to combine girly touches with menswear tailoring. Pants are loose and shapeless with hems trimmed with ruffles. Chunky mandals are cheekily covered with bows. Sevigny grew up in a Roman Catholic household and you can see elements of the Catholic school uniform in some of the pieces here. The strappy one piece bathing suit is a dream.

Buy it for me here.

Images via Opening Ceremony

Sketcharound SS15

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My interest in unisex clothing is two-fold. For one, I love the comfort and ease of wearing clothes that don’t conform to every curve of my body. Secondly, I love the subtle femininity that exudes from a woman in shapeless garments. It lends an element of mystery to her ensembles, making pervy straight dudes everywhere think “damn I wish I knew what was under there”.

There’s also one other major bonus if you’re like me and have packed on a wee winter belly: unisex clothing is 100 times more forgiving. THANK YOU LORD.

Hong Kong’s SketchΔround has only been around since 2013, but the brand has already earned a lot of love in Asian and European markets for its unisex tailoring and innovative techniques. Garments are minimal and relaxed, with a touch of sportiness (and maybe cleaning staff uniform?). Although pieces are delicate, the construction is always sturdy and disciplined. Designers utilize highly technical methods of construction and bonding that I’ve never heard of before, like tape-netting, muted locking, and wire play buttoning. This fanatic dedication to craftsmanship and functionality is the key to what has made them so successful in such a short amount of time.

If you live in Canada and the thought of owning their clothes is but a distant dream*, at least we get to enjoy their gorgeous lookbooks, right? You can see their equally aesthetically-compelling SS14 collection here, and check out the rest of their SS15 lookbook after the jump.

* not technically true. You can totally order online from here, here, and here (all prices in HK).

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