The Stranger

 

This haunting black and white video titled ‘The Stranger’ was produced for Dazed Korea to accompany a fashion shoot of the same name. Featuring Serbian model Mina Cvetkovic and styled by Sung Hee Kim, the short film showcases pieces from the spring/summer collections.

Still loving those Calvin Klein body chains…..

See the images from the fashion shoot here

 

SS16: The New Nineties

SS16

Givenchy / Vetements / Victoria Beckham

There was a clear sense of déjà vu on the catwalks this season, as while designers often take inspiration from the past to create their new collections, as Robin Givhan, fashion editor for the Washington Post,  recently noted in an article for Elle magazine, never has a decade dominated like the Nineties has done this spring/summer season.

Designers from all four fashion capitals chose to celebrate the era, with some adopting a sleek, minimalist aesthetic, à la Nineties Calvin Klein or Helmut Lang, and others clearly taken by the just thrown-together grunge style famously sent down the Perry Ellis catwalk by Marc Jacobs in 1992.

Nineties fashion

Helmut Lang FW94 / Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis SS93/ Calvin Klein SS94

It’s hard to imagine that one particular decade can take such a hold on current fashion, and there have been many theories put forward to try and explain the fascination, from a collective sense of nostalgia felt by many of today’s designers, who started out in their careers during the decade, to a yearning to return to a more relaxed, simpler style of dressing in defiance of fashion’s perfectionism and ever faster pace over recent seasons.

Whatever the reason, the decade does offer up many items that I for one am quite happy to revisit.  Unlike other eras I could mention…

For more Nineties’ nostalgia take a look on Vogue Runway, where they have been adding images from this pre-digital age to their catalogue of catwalk shows over the past few months.  Or read Edward Enninful’s personal reflections on the decade in his ‘Best (And Worse) Fashion Moments’ piece for W.

Image Credits: vogue.com

Chain Gang

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2016

The slip dress is set to become one of spring’s hottest trends, thanks to a nod to the nineties on the runways at Céline, Calvin Klein and Saint Laurent, among others.

Calvin Klein is the spiritual home of the slip dress – its eponymous designer was responsible for launching the style onto the catwalk and into our wardrobes back in 1994.  However, it’s not the return of underwear as outerwear that caught my eye at current creative director Francisco Costa’s show – I love those chains!

And it seems that others love them too.  Sarah Burton adorned both her male and female models in beautiful body chains at Alexander McQueen…

Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 & Spring/Summer 2016

But nothing can beat Ann Demeulemeester when it comes to body jewellery, in my eyes at least.  These images are from one of my favourite shows, when Ann herself was still at the helm…

Ann Demeulemeester Spring/Summer 2010

Image Credits: vogue.com

Calvin’s Surprise Collection

Calvin Klein FW15

Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2015

When I uploaded this image to Pinterest, I had no idea of its origin.  It was the black and white palette, frayed hems and thigh high leather boots that caught my eye! And I was more than a little surprised to subsequently discover that the shot had been taken at Calvin Klein’s recent ready to wear show.

I have to admit that when scrolling through the schedules each season, the Calvin Klein show isn’t one that’s high on my agenda.  Francisco Costa’s designs for the house are beautiful, but the minimalist style that Calvin Klein is known for is rather too pared down for my personal taste, so I don’t tend to make it a must see.  Up until now that is…

The leather, monochrome palette and distressed finishing that features in this fall/winter collection certainly toughen up the typical Calvin Klein silhouette, and add an element of cool to the label.  And I’m loving the sixties influence…

Calvin Klein FW15

A step in the right direction or a step too far?  What do you think?

See all the looks from the Calvin Klein autumn/winter 2015 collection here

Image Credits:  LA Cool & Chic / style.com