Daisy chain accessories, acid-hued python shades and rainbow adidas Superstars: Elizabeth Fraser-Bell picks the best of SS15
Last season saw designers put on their rose-tinted shades and embrace nostalgia: from MM6’s Destiny’s Child worthy bandana crop tops to Ryan Lo’s hyper girly, Carrie Bradshaw inspired designs, it was all one big #TBT. For this month’s Editor’s Picks, Elizabeth Fraser-Bell selects her favourite pieces, collaborations and new releases that throw it back to our teens, remix classic styles and put a spin on the new season.
THE SIMPLE LIFE
Drawing their inspiration from the 00s style icon that was Paris Hilton circa The Simple Life, Lolita culture and anime costumes, for SS15 duo Ammerman Schlösberg presented a collection of gingham, candy cane stripes, tartan and Christmas plaid. It was a kitsch-tastic homage to millennial fashion, and they charted their favourite YouTube films to celebrate.
DAISY CHAIN JEWELLERY
Maison Margiela is all about taking the old and familiar and reimagining it – and the trompe-l'oeil daisy chain jewellery that accessorised their SS15 collection was no different. It tapped into the season’s neo-nostalgia: after all, is there a childhood summertime activity as beloved as making daisy chains on the grass?
DIOR’S NEW ICON
With a new documentary smashing stereotypes about life at one of the world’s most storied fashion houses, Dior are set on doing things their way. Case in point: the new Diorama bag. The SS15 show, with its retro-futuristic Space Odyssey set, was the perfect place to debut a new icon – the bag takes elements of the classic over-the-shoulder silhouette but reworks them, adding a new twist to their historic Cannage patten and offering the bag in a range of motifs and prints, from all black to candy pink and white.
CHOOSE YOUR SUPERSTAR
The adidas Superstar has been an icon with ties to music culture since hip hop legends Run-D.M.C. adopted it in the 80s. Decade on decade, it’s been embraced by different style tribes, from the Brooklynites depicted by Jamel Shabazz to pop songstresses of the 00s. Now Pharrell Williams has reworked the classic style with the Supercolor Pack, boasting 50 different hues (so you can work a different pair with every outfit).
The girls of Marques’Almeida SS15 hit the runway in the duo’s trademark torn up denim, trailing twisted chiffon and, recalling the colourful shades we donned as kids, pairs of rainbow python skin sunnies by Retrosuperfuture. The collaborative collection of six sunglasses come in a flashy spectrum of hues, from bright yellow to acid green, a twist on the brand’s noughties-inspired Drew Mama shape.
CRUSH ON COCO
Renowned as a trademark of Chanel’s aesthetic since first appearing in 1920, the matelassé signature quilting effect has been reborn: this time on a new capsule collection of gold statement rings and a cuff bracelet. Titled Coco Crush, (or #CocoCrush for the hashtag lovers amongst us) – we can't help but crush on these rings too.
Photography Daisy Walker; styling Samia Giobellina; hair Kim Rance using L'Oréal; make-up Athena Pagington using MAC cosmetics; model Mari Halang at Models 1; lighting Chris X Jones; retouching LAH Retouch