REISS SS16 WOMENSWEAR
Nature’s authenticity offers tangible contrast in NATURAL SELECTION, where we see natural fibres combine with contrasting textures for a clean, modern interpretation. Rich, earthy spice tones offer a warm colour palette and the cashmere blend SHILOH and MOXI loungewear set brings an element of luxury to downtime. Sharply tailored pieces are styled with softer, more subdued silhouettes such as the relaxed LANGLEY roll-neck jumper, and primal safari details offer a unique twist, with utility pocket detailing adorning the RAINE suede pencil skirt.
EASY ELEGANCE takes inspiration from performer and choreographer Pina Bausch to re-create the graceful silhouettes of the 1970s. Designed with a relaxed shirt-inspired collar and dropped waist, the ARIZONA dress captures the aesthetic perfectly, whilst the KARMINE gilet offers a modern take on the look. An air of innocence is realised through delicate suedes, silks and mohairs, with languid, draped silhouettes and muted hues stealing the focus. The tiered maxi-length PERLE dress takes the look through to evening and stays true to the notion that movement should be fluid yet considered.
The complex portraiture of Marlene Dumas inspires PERIOD DRAMA, where Victoriana influences carry through to the caged lace ELIZA evening dress. Soft, delicately embroidered lace pieces such as the Premium TAMSIN dress and the sleeveless BELLS top add romance to the collection and juxtapose sartorial elements.
With a nod to noir Americana, HITCHCOCK HEROINE salutes 1950s leisurewear and re-imagines vintage. The VERDI belted trench coat and wrap-front EVE trousers bring a vintage-inspired element to the capsule wardrobe and tie-waist details soften the look. Sombre, moody prints take reference from the work of Franz Kline, while key staple styles include the fluid bias-cut BECCA dress.
SS16’s accessories collection is subtly inspired by the romanticism of the 1930s and 1940s highlighted through detailed finishing touches. Softness is present throughout the collection, with supple leathers and a natural colour palette injecting each piece with warmth. More functional styles are inspired by marble, suede and nubuck leathers in their natural state.
Core bag designs range from the softly structured ENZA and ORLA totes to a more slouchy, tumbled-leather RUSSO clutch, and graphic, linear details update footwear. Vintage hardware continues and pendant embellishments feature for the first time.
This play on materials continues through to footwear with Vinyl and neoprene enhancing the contours of shoes to add a modern yet sexy twist. In a softer, more feminine story, a series of twisted suede detailing prevails. Flats are key to the collection with the signature VOLTA pumps re-imagined in seasonal colours and fabrications.
As the season moves into high-summer, espadrilles and wooden-sole sandals steal the spotlight. In contrast, high-gloss Perspex, crystal-encrusted and satin clutches offer an impactful alternative.
The collaboration with Christys’ continues with an array of panama hats including the TREVILL in white, black and mushroom, and wider brim options of BELARDO in natural and blue and LOVATO in brown.
The AVERY and LARENA bikinis boast unapologetic palm prints, whilst the BINX ribbed design nods to a 1990s-inspired minimal tone. Premium swimwear launches, with considered detailing adding that little something extra to the look. Flattering pin-tuck details adorn the RAQUEL bikini and the UNA plunge one-piece, while the gunmetal embellished CODIE swimsuit features keyhole detailing.
Written by The New Collections