J JS Lee Takes Us to the Aquarium for S/S’14

by Katie on September 18, 2013

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A fresh take on minimalism sauntered down the catwalk at the J JS Lee show. Initial inspiration for the collection was derived from observations around the intricacies of jellyfish at the London Aquarium. Lee translated her aquatic bemusement into a collection straddling the borders between translucency, movement and implied structure.

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Cap sleeves and umbrella-shaped crop tops provided formal structure, while use of circular laser-cut appliques and treated fabric added a floating dimension. Matt textures were juxtaposed with waxed pattern to form a harmony between solid and weightless locomotion. Further elements of flutter were injected through soft tones of bright colour (bubble gum pink and turquoise) with navy, black and white.

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Lengths of skirts and dresses inched slightly above the knee and incorporated contrasting panels of PVC with lightweight cotton and rayon. A relaxed edge of modern sophistication was achieved in cropped pencil trousers paired among oversized jackets and grid-embossed knits with shear décolleté.

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Most intriguing among the diversity of looks in Lee’s aquarium were a peculiar species of dresses sculpted at the side to render the illusion of frontal silhouette while appearing shift in back – a mere trompe l’oeil to the observant eye. Such feat of tailoring even appeared in the form of a panelled white, navy and pink PVC option with a matching long-lapelled Mac. Predictably trending for SS14: Tablecloth Chic.

Review written by Cody James (@roguing_vogue) for Katie Chutzpah blog.

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