By Asma and Reem

Self Portrait Fall/Winter 2016

Florals were never limited to the spring season solely; Han Chong made it a crucial element of Self Portrait's Fall/Winter 2016 collection. It's been a year since the designer launched his label, and throughout Self Portrait made a lasting impression both with consumers and celebrities. Chong mainly used laser-cut and tulle fabrics with previous collections, but with Self Portrait's latest offering appliquΓ© was a main component. Textures provided an excellent dimension to the pieces, magnifying on the tapered silhouettes. Although the colour palette was quite limited in terms of range, the designer was able to work with monochrome, blue, maroon, and a few hints of orange and pale pink to create a wonderful contrast. His signature lace was elevated this time around, prioritising details to create a deep-rooted image as a whole. The presentation would've been a hit if not for the neoprene neck-tie's, which were absolutely out of tune, and gives the impression that styling was weak. They should've been replaced with jewellery in order to comply with the theme of the collection. Despite that, Chong never fails to impress with Self Portrait.

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A Quote That Makes Us Say...

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."- Karl Lagerfeld 

It makes us say that we completely disagree with Lagerfeld. Sweatpants are ubiquitous these days. Everyone seems to own one, and you know what? They're comfortable and can be quite trendy (depends on how you pair them up). Gone were the days of sweatpants being worn simply at the gym or at home. So apologies Kaiser Karl, we do not agree with you this time. 

Pick of the Week: Acne Studios Obin Leather Sandals

Wide strapped buckled shoes... Who doesn't love them? We started to fall in love with buckled heels after we realised how versatile they are. You can pair them with socks and they will look great. You can pair them with stockings, bared feet, maybe a knee length skirt? Or even a pair of mommy jeans? See what we mean. These Acne Studios leather sandals caught our attention as soon as our eyes noticed the copper element. Notice how the metal heel has a crumpled feel to it. Although the sandals are simple, the surprise copper element truly makes all difference. 


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Is A Simple Aesthetic Key to Higher Profit?

The very first Saint Laurent show by Hedi Slimane was solely met with outrage if not weak praise; not only from disappointed consumers(us included), but also several figures from the industry itself, mainly comparing the collection to Topshop and categorising some of the garments as a "busboy's" as Cathy Horyn puts it, referring to the brand's classic tuxedo suit.

Surprisingly since Slimane took the reins at Saint Laurent, revenue increased significantly. According to Buro 24/7 Kering reported that sales were $807 million, indicating a 27% increase, which raises the question: why were people purchasing overstated garments  that came with a hefty price tag?

The case at hand also lies with other brands (contemporary and luxury) that all share a similar aesthetic: basics, clean cuts, expert tailoring and vital classics for every type of wardrobe. Theory, founded by Andrew Rosen, announced an approximate amount of $670 million as part of their global sales. Theory, which solely focuses on "clean silhouettes, quality, craftsmanship, and fit" has amassed its own cult following in the past decade, and even enlisted Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens in 2011 to further elevate the brand in several aspects of design. Our take on the matter? Consumers are willing to invest hundreds of dollars on comfortable clothing - modern yet chic when paired with other statement-making pieces of an outfit. 

Off-White By Virgil Abloh: Modern Streetwear

We can't imagine a designer who builds his line on how young women dress based on simplicity instead of extravagance like Virgil Abloh does. The American designer, who has been Kanye West's creative director since 2002, launched his own label Off-White during 2013 with great acclaim from the industry. Virgil Abloh is a man of many talents: not only is he a designer, but he also happens to be a DJ, an architect, and a graphic designer. His tendency to travel frequently serves as inspiration for his line, which makes Off-White more or less a label for youth committed to modern street fashion and statement pieces. For his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, titled "Off-Day" Abloh's offering included the titular trademark off white and denim, which were the key themes repeated throughout the collection. Another repetitive style was striped monochrome patterns and organza panels on jeans, not to mention the collection also included denim overalls. The line is more than just clothes: it's a movement devoted reviving 90's fashion, but in the designer's own interpretations.  If denim ever seemed bleak at one point, Abloh elevated it with a cult-like excellence that emphasises his ability to transform fabric into a dimensional work of craftsmanship. It's not your mainstream New York-based fashion label; it is what can be described as an underground coalition aimed at "embracing the now in a sophisticated manner".

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