When Dion Lee sold an undisclosed shareholding to Cue just one month ago, he promised the deal would free him to focus more heavily on the creative side. Clearly he’s not one of those people whose creativity is stifled by converging deadlines – besides designing for his mainline, he also does two collections per year for Line II – but Resort 2014 is his first outing post-merger.
The verdict? Shacking up with Cue is possibly the move of his career. 'Oil + Water' is everything a resort collection shouldn’t be, and might be his strongest to date as a consequence. The easy, breezy, strolling through vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône pieces start toughening up by around look seven, at which point things become a game of opposites.
Like oil and water, Lee’s materials are ones that refuse to blend and are all the more interesting for it. Natural and synthetic elements wrap up the body like a designer Christmas ham, leather artfully declines laying flat and further separations are created by kinky cut-outs. Not the kind of stuff you'd wear to an actual beachside resort, but more in tune with nature than anything we’ve seen this season.
The thing we most want to talk about, though, is the ‘Rainbow Slick’ digital print. In the past Lee has experimented with thermal imaging in heat, and the trippy new pattern gives a similarly mind-boggling sense of movement.
Word on the streetInstagram is Dion Lee also has a swim collection in the works. Given his mastery of neoprene and the strength of this collection’s digitally printed one-piece, it'll be worth the wait.
Whether you're tall, short, blonde, brunette, we're all one-of-a-kind with our own unique idiosyncrasies and insecurities. Maybe you think your legs are too gangly to wear that minidress (*raises hand*) or that you're self conscious about your "bingo wings" in a shift (*again raises hand*), but why let a number define you? While everyone is a one-of-a-kind, why not let our clothing be the same?
A new Vancouver start-up, HelenJean, is challenging that exact ideal by offering tailor-made, custom clothing to fit your exact measurements. It works like this: You pick the dress style that you love from their website. Choose your colour, fabric and "intention" (Sexy? Chic? Successful? Strong?). Enter your real-world measurements and sit back while the tailors do their work over three weeks.
The novel idea was dreamt up by Katie Jeanes, designer of HelenJean, who was tired of going on marathon shopping excursions and coming back nearly empty handed. Not fitting into the mold of what clothing companies assume are everyone’s body type, Jeanes decided to create a line of clothing tailored specifically to each buyer.
"More often than not we let a size define how we feel about ourselves, I wanted to change that thought pattern. Rather than putting a number inside our clothing, each buyer gets to choose an intention and it’s then sewn into the dress discreetly," says Jeanes. "I thought that if I could make clothes that were custom fit to our bodies, instead of trying to fit our bodies into premade clothes, it may shift the focus from body image and self-esteem to more larger scale issues."
The dresses cost around $197, which, when you think in terms of tailor-made or wardrobe staples like a LBD, isn't too much of a stretch. I'm hoping they branch out into more garments — custom jeans anyone? — but do you know what I would literally pay a squillion-dollars for? Custom made boots that finally fit stringy calves.
Miu Miu is back with another campaign cast with a million models. I mean nine: Adriana Lima, Anne Verhallen, Daphne Groeneveld, Emily DiDonato, Georgia May Jagger, Hind Sahli, Katlin Aas, Lindsey Wixson and Marina Nery. (Lima is, strangely enough given her commercial appeal and Victoria's Secret Angel status, making her a not-obvious fit for Miu Miu's haute-quirky schtick, the only model who was hired back after appearing in the label's Spring 2013 ads.)
Image: Miu Miu
Image: Miu Miu
Image: Miu Miu
Image: Miu Miu
Image: Miu Miu
Inez and Vinoodh returned to direct the moody campaign, which somehow manages to make dancing on boats with models seem like a relatively unpleasant and grim way of spending an evening.
Jessa Brown claims she had never even taken the Go Train from her hometown to Toronto when, a chance encounter with Sutherland Models Agency Director Carole Reynolds, led to her walking the runways of New York and Paris.
After meeting Reynolds during a weekend water park getaway at Great Wolf Lodge, the striking 5'11" brunette high school student decided to try her hand, or rather her feet, at strutting in couture. "I thought she was absolutely beautiful, the type of model who could shoot the biggest campaigns in the world," says Reynolds, though the agency head was not alone in her opinion.
Jessa quickly began to work for top Canadian fashion magazines including Flare and Elle Canada. She was signed to agencies in New York, Paris and Milan, and has walked for the likes of Givenchy, Miu Miu, Ellie Saab and Balenciaga to just name a few. But of course, Jessa counts her favourite designer to be homegrown talent Lucian Matis and her choice model to be Linda Evangelista.
Given that she's still in school, Jessa has been able to balance her studies in Grade 11 with travelling around the world to model. While her friends spent the Victoria Day Weekend in Collingwood, Jessa was in Monaco to model for Dior, followed by a quick trip to Shanghai to walk the runway for Hugo Boss. Still, she doesn't forget where she comes from and, despite the glitz and glamour of the industry, told Vogue, "I'm a girly girl but also have a tom boy sick and love sport." You can take the girl out of Pickering…
Swimsuit shopping isn’t an activity lauded for its therapeutic properties. If you inhabit a body similar to Miranda Kerr’s you might view the process more positively, but for the majority of us, it just kinda sucks.
Shopping for a Bantu swimsuit, though, is something you’re almost guaranteed to feel good about. Not only do they come in happy colors and vibrant prints, but they’re designed for a cause. Bantu works exclusively with local vendors in Africa, meaning money goes into their economy and attention goes towards the skills of the artisans. Combined with the fabulousness that then goes on to your body, it’s a win-win-win situation.
Resort 2013 marks Bantu’s Australian debut. In the U.S. the brand is sold by Barneys and Opening Ceremony, so they don’t choose their retailers lightly. The first collection to land on our shores brings five one-piece swimsuits and more two-pieces than any girl could dream of owning, all drenched in psychedelic prints and enriched excellent remedial properties. Though if you still wary of any lingering pastiness, there’s nothing like hitting the bottle for an extra boost of confidence.
Now all we need is a time machine to get us through the rest of winter…