Jonathan Liang Spring 2017


Originally published by Deux Hommes.

There’s something special about the way Malaysian designer Jonathan Liang makes contemporary luxury appear entirely wearable and casual. His seasonal inspirations range from the ultra-conceptual to the more obvious (this season taking notes from the Nordic foraging culture) for a one-of-a-kind experience, both texturally and creatively.

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Originally published online by Deux Hommes

The New York-Parisian label Études Studio has built their Spring/Summer 2017 collection around a single concept – the traveler. Moving from the city to the suburbs and from the suburbs to the countryside, he simultaneously longs for both civilization and freedom from said society. But what he eventually finds is the sense of nature within an urban setting.

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For Fall 2016, the creative minds behind the label WOOYOUNGMI, Madame Woo and her daughter Katie Chung, drew inspiration from their personal garden, where unique elements of delicacy and the harsh fates of nature appeared balanced in perfect harmony. In reflection, Woo and Chung embraced a sense of fresh eclecticism, exploring ways to make each piece look original and yet – when browsed side by side with the rest of the collection – in complete harmony. 

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The elegant simplicity of rural clothes came to life in Isabel Benenato’s collection for Fall/Winter 2016. Simply called “Darkwood,” this collection was far from simple. Through the presentation, Benenato combined her natural design instincts with elements sourced from the traditional homespun workwear worn by generations of men in the Japanese countryside from the early 20th century to 1960, as documented by the rare photographic essay, “Yokohama – Shashin.”

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PARIS FASHION WEEK | S/S 2016 Highlights

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Fashion Week can be a time of excited discovery or, on the other side of the spectrum, a saddening expression of misled inspirations. Every show poses the equal chance for an innovation-induced high or a long-awaited rush for the exit. This season I returned to Paris Fashion Week for a closer look at the latest designer collections; and here are my notes on the ones I loved the most from the Spring/Summer 2016 runway. 

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Since launching in 2012, Gauchère has transitioned from being a label to watch into the consistent tastemaker they are today. With German designer Marie-Christine Statz at the helm, each collection maintains a distinctly fresh-French aesthetic, in a way that’s both natural and effortlessly elegant. For her Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Statz incorporated masculine elements into a range of soft, feminine prints and fabrics for a smart lineup of light-meets-heavy looks with a hint of sportswear.

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PARIS HAUTE COUTURE | F/W 2015 Highlights

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The Fall-Winter 2015 season proved quite dramatic for Paris Haute Couture Week, where couturiers gathered to send out detailed look after detailed look onto the catwalk. Mastering the balance between classic refinement and assertive luxury, the collections of Georges Hobeika, Ralph & Russo, Tony Ward, Rami Al Ali and Yiqing Yin continue to stand firmly as this season’s highlights, as I reminisce on my favourite collections.

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