Practical. Functional. Minimal. These elements were what inspired Ivania Carpio, the multi-talented force behind Love Aesthetics to develop her own design collection with BlackBlessed‘s Capsule Collection. With a sharp and clean aesthetic, the Pant-Skirt, the Jacket and the Bag, were results of Ivania’s desire to make life work for her that exudes her personal style and lifestyle. What I love about this collection is the intent behind each piece. All the elements are about the everyday life of running after a child, riding a bicycle, getting errands done, or just simply what you bring with you when you leave the house. Having a single bag designed to fit different needs for different occasions sounds more complicated that it actually needs to be and Ivania has a clever, minimalist solution with The Bag and its detachable straps that turns a clutch into a backpack. The silhouette of her collection reminds one of Calvin Klein’s sophistication and Acne’s simple practicality. Yet with the comfort and functional ease of these pieces, Ivania’s personal style of clean and minimal shines through. I, for one, am looking forward to her next collection of such beautiful, functional designs.
Aether Apparel is a Los Angeles based outdoor clothing brand, offering performance sportswear with a refined modern aesthetic by utilising technical fabrics in a more sophisticated form. It is one particular piece of Aether sportswear that I would like to introduce to you today. It is the Union Bicycle Jacket – a 3-layer, soft-shell stretch fabric, waterproof. Union is designed to meet the unique needs of urban cyclists and is perfect for commutes around the city and post-ride wear. Loaded with bike-friendly features, it combines all-around protection from the elements with a clean, tailored style. The Union jacket offers a number of important features. For instance, weatherproof pit zip vents, an interior audio valve pocket, and a dual-access back pocket. All these packed into a lightweight jacket that looks just as sharp off the bike as it does on it. Perhaps the most important feature of the Union jacket is its JRC Reflex reflective strips when riding at night. This innovative material reflects bright white when lit by a pair of headlights, but remains matte black under normal lighting conditions.
Martinez Lierah Spring Summer 2013 ready to wear collection is a muted fusion of black, nude and blue hues. Daniel Lierah and Arturo Martinez have transpired to create yet another timeless curation of modern lines, asymmetrical shapes and clean minimalism. The collection is suitably named Sardonicus and is inspired by facial muscle spasms. As a design team operating out of Paris, with Latin backgrounds, their philosophy is grounded on finding beauty in the odd. Their resulting collections seem to also strike the perfect balance between structure and fluidity. This Spring Summer 2013 collection is overtly feminine, despite the bordering austerity of its simplicity. This achievement through silhouettes is not an overlooked feat, taking ruthless dedication to perfecting these forms. The purposed clean cut of the fabrics, together with disciplined drapery and folding is incredibly beautiful. Martinez Lierah are to be applauded for such sobering handsome creativity.
Australian designer Dion Lee’s 2013 Ready to Wear Fall collection is, in a word, beautiful. As an emerging talent, launched recently into the design scene, first in Australia, and now capturing fans globally, his work is modern verses classic, structured verses fluid, understated verses arresting. His most recent contribution to the world of adornment is his 2013 Ready To Wear Fall 2013 collection, which is a fusion of the evolution of him as designer thus far. Typically known for his feature of neoprene shapes, 3-dimensional printing, recently launching a line with glow-in-the-dark string dresses, this collection is said to have been not as flashy as the last one. However, I see the further experimentation, with the technique of felting wool into mesh, as a continuation of his aesthetic journey. I see the restraint as a obvious development also. He gave a bit of unexpected lift to certain silhouettes. Lee is a rigorous thinker. I am unashamedly in lust with Dion Lee’s work, and rightfully proud of his Australian roots also. Images Courtesy of Style.com
Malaysian clothing label ULTRA, who specialise in sustainability in leading fashion have designed ULTRA 10 – the ten piece wardrobe. ULTRA and sustainability leaders LOHAS, Greenovate and The Wellness Works collaborated to produce a core wardrobe of ten pieces for 365 days of the year. The made-to-order women’s collection, which is made of organic and recycled fabrics includes; a vest, a backless top, a cropped top, a white shirt/dress, a skirt, a top/dress, stretch pants, cotton trousers, a 2-in-1 blazer, and a 3-in-1 dress-jacket-skirt. What I really like about the idea behind this collection is that not only is it practical in a space-saving sense, but also in an economical and environmental sense. You may return your pieces at any time for mending, recycling, upcycling or donation.
“For anyone who does not want to look like a lost golfer in town.” The Swedish company Stutterheim Raincoats creates an updated version of the traditional raincoat worn by generations of Swedish fishermen. Simple, waterproof and straight-cut. The coats, manufactured in Borås, are based on designs from the 1960s and are available in 2 colors: Arholma Svart and Arholma Vit. No Gore-Tex, Velcro and no reflectors, straps and strings. “We got tired of never being able to find the right raincoat to wear when the skies opened. So we decided to make one ourselves.”