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

Subconscious Obsession: Wide-Leg Jeans

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I must admit we hopped on the bandwagon early on as well.

What is immediately appealing about this JNCO-revival is the comfort factor. While fashionably-inclined women are accustomed to a certain level of discomfort for style’s sake, I am of the school of thought that I should still feel good when I’m in my clothes or else I probably won’t wear them. Of course, skinny jean manufacturers helped by producing them in stretchy spandex blends. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to wear jeans so loose there’s a draft when I’m walking. Also of interest to me: how long a well-cut pair of wide leg jeans can make your legs look.

Images via Eckhaus Latta, Rachey Comey, Marques’Almeida, Sunnei, Fuyuri’s Diary, Faustine Steinmetz, and Fake Tokyo

Shining 70s

WOMAN_01_1920 WOMAN_02_1920 WOMAN_04_1920 WOMAN_06_1920 WOMAN_07_1920 WOMAN_08_1920In case you missed the memo (that’s a nice rock you’re living under), #normcore is dead, long live the shining 70s. And there’s no bigger proof of this than the brand new Spring Summer 2015 campaign by Zara Woman. Remember the Chloé Pre-fall collection from a month ago? If you forgot, that’s ok, because the Zara design team is here to remind you, one suede skirt at a time. *cue Todd Rundgren track*

This, of course, doesn’t mean I’m ready to chuck my Nikes and go full boho. Trends are best implemented in baby steps, carefully selected and with care. Who’s got the benjamins to buy a new closet each season? Who wants to look like a walking trend report, devoid of any sense of personal style? No one from The Pack, that’s for sure.

By far my favourite elements of this campaign, and the 70s style in general, are dark and patchwork denims, rich-hued suedes, and pimped out shearling coats (which I’ve already begun searching for in vintage shops). I don’t want to say never, but you probably won’t see me in one of those long billowy dresses or the frilly white blouse.  The tan suede dress in the second photo? It’s got my name written all over it.

Images via zara.com

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: Amoeba Shapes

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L-R: Mary Katrantzou; Issa; Helen Lawrence for Fashion East

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 L-R: IcebergAdeam; Iceberg

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L-R: Thomas Tait; VionnetChristian Wijnants

We spied enough splotchy amoeba shapes adorning S/S 2015 lines to hail them a bit of a Spring micro-trend. Perhaps taking cues from cult-label Jacquemusplayful atomic ameoba fixation over the past few seasons, designers like Adeam and Helen Lawrence plastered dresses with huge amorphous patches. Issa and Mary Katrantzou featured wavy fissures that morphed throughout their designs while Thomas Tait and Christian Wijnants played with inconsistent protozoan patterns. At Iceberg and Vionnet delicate cellular appliqués and lacework were especially astounding.

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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SS 2015: White Heat

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Fashion month is only halfway through and already the amount of shows to take in is starting to overwhelm. With hundreds of designers unveiling their Spring Summer 2015 collections during this short month, all of the new trends, textiles and colour combos to keep track of adds a sense of chaos to my normally simple fashion life. For times like these, a visual palate cleanser is your new BFF, and what makes a better visual palate cleanser than the freshest, most elegantly minimal colour to wrap yourself in?

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The answer to that obviously rhetorical question is nothing. Nothing looks better and is more idiot-proof than wearing head to toe white (except for maybe head-to-toe black). And judging by the SS15 collections, this isn’t a trend that’ll die any time soon. Its aggressive simplicity makes it almost anti-trend, as timeless as a little black dress but just a touch more daring and prone-to-spills. It ruled the runways of New York and London and dominated the street style scene outside of the shows as well.

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As the only colour in nature defined by an absence of pigment, white gives designers a blank canvas upon which they can demonstrate their skill in fabric manipulation, experimenting with shapes, and creating unexpected textures. Runway looks in New York and London ran the gamut from distressed denim workwear to tissue-thin haute rags. My favourite look? A pristine white shell paired with high waisted short shorts by Lisa Perry, the innocence of the vintage bathing suit silhouette is spiced up by the high hemline of the shorts and the completely see-through PVC skirt layered on top.

Images via style.com and Dazed digital

Resort Trend Watch: Fringe

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Fringe and tassel details gave Resort looks a weird contemporary cowboy influence that falls in line with the wild west styles that designers have been pushing on us for a while now. From long streaming skirts to tasseled accents and fringed arm-spans, the trend might seem best suited to resorts in New Mexico, but I’m excited to see more of it happening here at home. I want that Chloe blouse (pictured above) more than most things right now and need to find a tasseled mini skirt asap.

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Resort Trend Watch: Corset Tie Details

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 Raf Simmons’ corset tied blazers at Dior loudly ushered in the micro-trend on the Autumn runways and for Resort 2015, a number of designers were threading grommets and tying up frocks in different ways. At Antonio Berardi, corset details were bold and they adorned both floor-length gowns and miniskirts. Chloe and See by Chloe bore the trend prominently while Tome and Altuzarra kept their tie-up details discreet. At Juan Carlos Obando and Roberto Cavalli, tied up silks were laced and cinched to perfection. *lights cigarette* Do  try these looks at home.

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Resort Trend Watch: Asymmetrical Hems

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(L-R: Ports 1961Balenciaga; Cedric Charlier; Rosetta Getty)

Remember scarf skirts and bandana tops? They might seem like distant early-2000 boho memories or the mainstay uniform of neo-hippies, but for Resort 2015, designers want you to get reacquainted with those golden era Olsen twin memories. Asymmetrical hemlines were all over the Resort presentations and done in an array of ways. Ruffly, sculptural, flowy, and sporty – no matter the look, the hemlines were overwhelmingly crooked.

Take it from us, the scarf skirt no longer conveys one’s enthusiasm for slacklining or juggling.  I’ve been wearing a white denim (duh) scarf-cut asymmetrical mini this summer in non-boho ways and it’s felt great.

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