Women In Black

Viktor & Rolf always give us surprises. With that being said, for the Spring Summer 2010 collection, Viktor & Rolf are creating a small capsule collection that encompasses five cocktail dresses, for the very first time. This collection has been given a name of a special label, Viktor & Rolf Black Dress. From this S/S 2010 collection on, every season will launch a new capsule collection comprising five dresses.

The idea behind this capsule is to always reinvent the Little Black Dress offering a point of difference from the rest of the collection. Since these pieces combine classic designs with original chic details, they remain timeless iconic fashion pieces that fit to grace the most enviable wardrobes. For the S/S 2010 capsule collection, Viktor & Rolf propose soft shapes, silhouettes and fabrics, which make the looks very chic, with a relaxed attitude. The feminine references are lingerie, bustiers and soft bows.

In the designers’ own words: “Our inspiration began with the women we imagined would wear them. With sources ranging from a certain technique or silhouette to the memory of a vintage dress, the garments capture our take on the spirit of a woman, that may be serenely fluid, delightfully structured, lavish and decorative or classically alluring”.

Black Beauty

Strapless dress in taffeta with pleats cascading from a large front bow, creating a tromp l’oeil effect.

Black Dahlia

Soft loose summer dress in cupro with a chic seventies feel and flowerbomb strap details at the back.

Black Hole

Dress with integrated bustier in cupro and chiffon embellished with stones appliquéd onto the collar and belt.

Black Dream

Short dress designed to combine three different fabrics – a chiffon décolleté, a silk bodice and a taffeta skirt – finished off with a rich stone and bead appliqué sash at the waist.

Black Rose

Tulle layered dress with hand embroideries on the shoulders and a satin ribbon belt.

They are just simply amazing, aren’t they? Well, I just can’t wait for more capsule collections to come in the future, good job Viktor & Rolf!

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The Perpetual Leisure of Complex Geometries

Was browsing through Jak & Jil Blog and discovered this Canadian label complexgeometries. So then I decided to contact them as I really love the collections and wish to present them in the blog, which is here! And here they are, I present you, the Spring Summer 2010 from complexgeometries.

The Spring Summer 2010 collection from complexgeometries is inspired by the idea of “perpetual leisure”. Without attempting to find a definitive answer, the question is posed “could there be a future where leisure is eternal?” Notably, the shapes are loose and easy, evoking images of the leisure cultures of history. Beach pajamas, retirement communities and clinical attire all inspire the simple, versatile shapes that make up the collection. Additionally, certain styles were conceived as though they were to be made entirely automatically, in a future where all people are perpetually at leisure and machines do all the work. The fabrics are comfortable – cotton t-shirts, linen jeans and silk jumpsuits. Interestingly, there are also metallic finishes contrast casual unisex shapes and sheer fabrics play with light and encourage layering.

For Women

For Men

This collection also provides an introduction to the “/” series of collaborations:

  • complexgeometries/harakiri, a jewelry line comprised mostly of sterling silver, alone or mixed with elements of leather, quartz and onyx. Made in collaboration with the artisan jewelery line Harakiri, the movement and simplicity of the pieces reflect the essence of the complexgeometries collection.
  • complexgeometries/Osei-Duro, a multi-functional style designed collaboratively with Osei-Duro. This duo of designers works with women’s work co-ops in Ghana, aiming create a self sufficient and sustainable future for the women involved by helping to develop their skills and businesses. Made from traditional local textiles, the resulting ‘UltraJacket’, is a versatile article that can be worn as a jacket, dress or even shorts.

About complexgeometries

While the look of complexgeometries is distinctive, every aesthetic choice is just as much a conceptual one. Often using standard streetwear as a starting point, the designs examine clothing as a consumer product and as a method of communication, implicating the garments themselves in the everyday lives that inspire them. By gently reshaping standard items of the contemporary wardrobe and questioning the social roles and emotional comfort provided by clothes, complexgeometries has developed a dedicated following around the globe.

The Man Behind complexgeometries

Designer Clayton Evans grew up in a small town in northern Canada. It was during his studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design that he realized his true creative passion was clothing rather than traditional fine arts. Completely self-taught in fashion design but using the technical skills and critical thought processes he learned at school, Evans began creating complexgeometries in 2006.

complexgeometries is sold in select stores around the globe such as Barneys New York, Browns London and Reborn Montreal. For more information kindly contact info@complexgeometries.com or visit www.complexgeometries.com

Credits for the photos:

Photography & Production: Tommy Ton @ Jak & Jil Blog
Models: Dustin Z @ Giovanni Models and Alex Marshall @ Sutherland Models
Hair and Makeup: Designer’s friend
Styling: complexgeometries

P/S: Special thanks to Adam DeKeyser for liaising with me in order to make this post on complexgeometries possible and accessible to all my dearest readers.