If there is an unexpected colour that has dominated the spring runways, it’s yellow. So look towards the sun and go for the hue, in all shades from bright to mustard as seen on Stella McCartney and Joseph. Several street style stars has also been spotted in this strong colour. The colour is perfect for a summer tan combined with white or blue denims and other tones of yellow – to avoid the bumble-bee situation by pairing the colour with too much black.
Every season there are a handful of runway shows that set the tone for what the fashion crowd will be wearing in the season ahead. These shows also play a major role in determining what the fast-fashion brands will do. This season we are betting that high-street stores will be full of sporty yet chic styles like Chloé’s must-have piece, the track pant. When seeing these on the runway in Paris, with zippers at the ankle, wide legs, a loose fit and stripes down the side, you were struck with that Adidas feeling. Do as Chloé does and pair the track pants with off-the-shoulder blouses or a matching track pullover, or go for the 70s-era Run DMC look as seen at Vetements with a green-on-green track look
Don’t blow your entire savings on a pair of Chloé must-haves, but look for similar styles at retailers like Zara, H&M, and ASOS instead.
Wearing pajamas in public is a new trend, but for spring/summer 2016 the bedroom look is an effortless addition to your classic wardrobe. Designers are taking the concept to a whole new level, and you won’t have to worry about looking too sloppy or frazzled. We will guide you to styling this new look so you can dress like you’re dreaming while fully awake! Pajamas are timeless and relaxed, and Thakoon helped us understand how easily you can upgrade powder blue PJs by adding red trim, shortening the legs (like the ever popular culottes), and opening the shirtfront for a daring look. Pajamas are also the perfect item to bring along on your travels. Wear them in bed or on the go in the streets; adding to their versatility, they can be worn together or as separates. The shiny material on this one gives the look a luxurious touch, and by adding a blazer and a pair of splashy red pumps, it’s perfect for a night out. For a more relaxed look, go open-shirted with a t-shirt underneath. Or use pajamas separately like Alexander Wang showed, wearing the shirt over a pair of jeans and sling-backs, or combining the pants with a knit and sneakers for a more relaxed look. Pernille’s pajama is in silk from Olivia Von Halle, €428 – SHOP HERE!
First came the silver fox/grey hair trend earlier this year, and now the runways showed us that this less look-at-me metallic is having a major comeback. We saw how this metallic was used in reflective leathers, lamé, crinkled silks, or even the “broken glass” that was spotted at Loewe and Maison Margiela, and you don’t have to wait until spring to adopt silver into your wardrobe. The good thing about a neutral like silver is that anybody can wear it – it just depends on where and how you do it. So make a powerful statement with a head-to-toe metallic look, or add a little sparkle to your outfit with a silver clutch. Get ahead of the silver seduction curve and see below where you can already find silver pieces now!
Bomber jacket in crackle leather from Gucci, €2,500 – SHOP HERE!
Bag in metallic polyurethane from Stella McCartney, €725 – SHOP HERE!
Describe FOS in three to five words. An artist that uses design to describe his art. What are your thoughts on the collaboration with Céline? How did it all start? Phoebe Philo knew my work through my former London gallery Max Wigram. At an earlier stage we attempted to collaborate, but we couldn’t find the proper venue. After the brand had grown and the planning for a new flagship Store in London started, the possibility of collaborating was revived. The store was the perfect space for an interior collaboration. So it all began with that. I think the collaboration has been highly educational for me. Art is very individual, whereas design is much more about teamwork. So structure and time were very important for the work. I have a desire to do more design since my work also gravitates there, so this collaboration has given me the opportunity to develop this aspect. And there is more to come! How did you get the inspiration to make these pieces for the Céline show? We humans make spaces, and spaces in turn make us. They protect us, we pass through them, sometimes we are thrown into them, but they all set a frame for our bodies on how to behave. Consequently, space moves through us and thereby regulates and affects our language and behaviour. Departing from the key assumption that aesthetics and sociability are inextricably intertwined, the work brings together elements of sculpture, architecture, design and installation. The aesthetic is informed by a philosophy I refer to as “social design”, a notion that is reflected in my vision of creating multifunctional social spaces and environments that facilitate interaction and stimulate heightened communication among individuals. That is the starting point for this show and for my work as an artist. For this show I used some of these platforms and adapted them for this specific purpose. Do you have any future projects/collaborations that you can give us a preview of? Design is often integrated in my artistic practise as it can create a platform for various works and social spaces. I am currently making a large square for a school here in Copenhagen, which consists of two pavilions, as the space was in dire need of more light. So this is where the design objects come from, and I would say that all of them come from a defined need.
Last year, Céline’s creative director Phoebe Philo was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Source: WWD.com
Tented setting at the Céline Spring/Summer 2016 show
You create shoes that are so wearable. What is your secret?
It is all about creating the perfect shoe last*, which makes the difference. It takes time to create and form the shape of the shoe so that will be comfortable and yet still refined. For me, it’s important that the shoe is made for the wearer and not for the sake of the shoe itself.
Your father is a well-known shoe designer. What made you do your own thing? And how do you differentiate yourself from your father’s design DNA?
I worked closely with my father for many years, so I reached a point when I felt like creating my own things. His work is very playful and avant-garde, which is quite amazing, because every shoe is a work of art. I wanted to create something more timeless and slightly simpler and more feminine.
Your design takes a very minimalistic approach, which makes your shoes popular in Scandinavia. What is your secret?
I believe the silhouette is the highlight of a woman. Therefore, I want to create shoes that are an extension of you as a woman, not statement pieces.
What will the ideal, must-have, women’s shoe look like for Spring/Summer 2016?
For spring we are looking more towards the 70s, with rounded toes and a wider heel. The colours go from brown to dark red, spiced up with some lace details.
Mary Jane patent leather pumps, Gianvito Rossi/ Luisa Via Roma, €497 – SHOP NOW
Crisscross suede boots from Sergio Rossi/ Luisa Via Roma, €755 – SHOP NOW
Do you want to learn more about the world of shoes? If you are in London, check out the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Victoria & Albert Museum, on view until 31 January 2016. The exhibition looks at the global span of footwear, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes from around the world.
* Editor’s Note: A last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. It is used by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes.