Plazzo Pants

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining—it’s safe to say that spring is really here. With hot days on the horizon, it’s time to invest in staple pieces that will work just as well for weekend jaunts as they do at the office. Up next on our list: palazzo pants. The forgiving, easy-to-wear trousers are known for their waist-whittling fit and bold colours. They’re the perfect piece to add some liveliness to your wardrobe this spring when you’re sick of jeans.

An impressionist-inspired pair of palazzo pants got an edgy update with a leather motorcycle jacket and sneakers.

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Michelle Elie’s sheer palazzo pants were a breezy choice for the SS ’15 shows in Paris.

Jean Paul Gaultier

“From the moment you arrive in the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition you realise that all of his creativity, theatricality and originality is going to be on display. Clothes can often look dull when sitting there motionless, but there is nothing dull for one minute about this collection, which is a riot of sound, movement and colour.”

– Alexandra Shulman

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After visiting Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition today I couldn’t agree more with Alexandra Sculman. Clothes sometimes can appear dull, confusing and misleading when presented on catwalks. However, with this exhibition today his garments proved me completely wrong. I have a new found love and appreciation for Jean Paul Gaultier, the exhibition was fantastic, his garments exquisite and three-decade career absolutely amazing.

Using video projection, the mannequins throughout the exhibit at the Grand Palais have been given expressive faces, they speak to visitors, smile and sing. One such figure – dressed in a long skirt and striped top – is projected with an image of Gaultier’s own face.

The exhibition works through different themes of Gaultier’s design classics, starting with the iconic Breton stripe. The first galleries show its various incarnations – as a long sequin sheath dress, a huge hat and as a cropped top for men. A room labelled Punky Cancan explores Gaultier’s love of London’s street culture, which he first encountered on frequent visits in the 1970s. Kilts, tartan, ripped denim and camouflage are included, but reappropriated into ballgowns and smart suiting for an unexpected, and very French, chic.

The 150-piece exhibition featured some of Gaultier’s most iconic pieces most famously – Madonna’s original cone-bra bustier tops and bare-breast suspenders. This was without doubt my favourite room of the exhibition. Surrounded by corsets the detail on each of them was unbelievable. I was astonished by the shapes and innovation with each one and definitely couldn’t pick a favourite. I loved them all!

If you are in Paris or visiting Paris I couldn’t recommend this exhibition any more. Its a once in a lifetime experience. It will change your view on Jean Paul Gaultier and maybe even make you consider a corset one day!

Buy tickets now: Jean Paul Gaultier | Grand Palais

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Spring/Summer 2015 Whistles

WHAT better way to cement your reputation as the working woman’s go-to brand than to stage your spring/summer 2015 fashion show in an entrance tunnel to Kings Cross tube station? The novel idea came from Whistles, who in doing so cleverly took their customer off the catwalk and put her into context: on-the-go and always looking good. The tight edit of sleeveless jumpsuits, cutout dresses, tactile knits and statement jackets in a limited colour palette of white, black, peach and the palest of blue all emanated the brand’s progressive-but-pared-back mix and will no doubt fly off the shelves when they hit the shop floor next year. A very stylish commute beckons.

 

 


Spring/Summer 2015 Pringle of Scotland

Massimo Nicosia wanted to incorporate plenty of Pringle of Scotland’s almost 200-year history into his Spring ’15 collection. He did it in a very contemporary, perhaps even futuristic way, continuing his experiments in 3-D printing, a technique he first employed (to much acclaim) for Fall. This time around, Nicosia created a nylon-powder chain mail. Assembled with panels of woven cotton and silk, it was used for airy, funky tops and a dress. “I wanted to combine the artificial and the natural,” Nicosia said of the 3-D printed looks. However, the high-tech textile wasn’t the designer’s only forward-thinking interpretation of Pringle’s signature knitwear. 

Leather embellishments on a diaphanous white dress mimicked a cardigan stitch—the tactile effect was slick, and it made more than a few of the audience to do a double take during its trip down the runway. Similarly, traditional pullovers were completely reimagined; in one instance, loosely woven threads were trapped inside a mesh casing. In another, fil coupe fragments in watery hues of green and violet were patched onto a roomy organdy jumper.

Water was a primary point of reference for Nicosia this season. Using Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais and Pablo Picasso’s The Bathers as inspiration, he attempted to translate its lightness, transparency, and reflective properties into fabric. This resulted in a number of sheer silk tops with woven collars and sleeves. A few of them were covered in translucent turquoise triangles that protruded from the chest—they were meant to act as prisms. Elsewhere, silver beads were used sparingly on a honeycomb knit dress to provide just a hint of shimmer. That piece stood out for its serene simplicity.

Returning to Pringle’s heritage, Nicosia played with the idea of lingerie (the house manufactured undergarments back in the day), and turned out hyper-thin silk knit tanks and bodysuits. Pleated and leather-trimmed skirts felt a little stiff and lacked the liquidity of Nicosia’s refreshing dresses and tops, but on the whole, the designer produced an innovative—and versatile—Spring lineup that will appeal to loyal Pringle customers and beyond.

Shop the beautiful and elegant artwork of Pringle of Scotland Spring/Summer 2015 below: