The Spring Summer 2016 collection takes inspiration from the minimal 90’s decade, with particular emphasis on structure and simplistic silhouettes. Pattern construction is integral to this collection, taking references from the archives of couture design and combining this with innovative yarn techniques for a modern finish.
Primitive, tribal patterns have been developed and abstracted into geometric prints which run throughout the collection. The colour palette used in paintings by artist Callum Innes is the primary focus in SS16. His method of layering pigments of colour in a process of addition and subtraction results in a vivid progression of colour. It is these varying tones which lend to the palette of this season, resulting in a fusion of pale pinks, grey marls and indigo ombré hues.
Natural fibres are highlighted the season with the use of washed silk, linen and cotton. There is a uniqueness to the hand-dyed fabrics as each style differs from the last, making it a completely one-of-a-kind piece. These dying techniques are carried across all qualities, giving freshness to linen and cotton poplin.
The beautiful yarns are transformed into key silhouettes and details for the season, including box pleats, fused trims and slim forms. There is a specific emphasis on the cape silhouette, which can be seen featured across dresses, tops and coats. Volume is found through this shape, which when paired with structured culottes creates a dramatic and modern profile.
Les 100 Ciels’ luxurious cashmere features at the heart of every collection and this season it is given a playful yet contemporary feel with prominent side splits, step hems and reverse knit panels. With cashmere providing a wearable foundation to the Spring Summer ’16 collection, emphasis is on the innovative twists to the Les 100 Ciels signature box-fit. The block is further developed into lightweight shirts in ombré cotton poplin and ottoman-ribbed tunic dresses in cotton-like-cashmere. As the season develops into high summer, loose fitting paper bag tie dresses and easy-to-wear printed linens come into focus.
In this Spring Summer ’16 collection, Les 100 Ciels maintains it’s aesthetic of inventive, wearable and versatile pieces, which allow one’s personality and style to be expressed through clothing.