Reiss, Cubism & Concept of Folding, Women’s Fashion Clothing Collection – Autumn Winter 08
Added: (Wed Dec 17 2008)
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This season sees a return to structure with an emphasis on architectural seaming and sculptural appeal realised by the use of directional fabrications. Cubism and the concept of engineered folding inspire seaming and the construction of experimental form.
Strong masculine and feminine looks contrast to great effect. Masculine dandy tailored looks are softened by a feminine cut and fluid cloth for a relaxed elegance. Feather and lace theatrical pieces appear flirtatious against hard edge coats in heavy fabrics with androgynous styling.
Silhouettes are inspired by the proportions of 1920s Chanel and 1970s YSL, feeling fresh and new once again. Women’s satin blouses are tucked into the long and lean high waisted fashion pencil skirts. The sexy tuxedo suit and velvet smoking jacket are complemented by ruffle fronted blouses in spots and stripes.
Dramatic monochromes form the backbone of the colour palette with ubiquitous black offset against luxurious winter white, silver frost or oyster. These neutrals move into ultra feminine cosmetic pales such as antique rose, soft blush and almond frost. Winter darks include rich sapphire and berry while poppy red, flamingo, mango and azure provide pops of off-beat brights. There is great consideration to fabric this season with luxury natural fibres having sophisticated finishes for a modern look.
Reiss fashion outerwear makes a statement with contemporary takes on traditional silhouettes such as crombie, pea-coat, fit and flare and swing styles. Waist emphasis and sculptured seam detailing give a clean and modernist approach to heavy luxe wool cashmere; shoulders are sharper, necklines exaggerated and detailing includes knit or fur trim. Neat and fitted dress coats with full skirt gives a new direction and sexy dressed up silhouette. Coloured coats make a dramatic statement and provide pops of winter colour including deep coral and tulip purples. Strong black buttons contrasted against light winter white is a strong look. Beaten leather bomber jackets have a relaxed weekend look while cropped sheepskin waistcoat and gilets styles feature for the first time in goat and sheepskin.
This season sees the return of the sharp cut three-piece trouser-suit. The look is androgynous yet feminine with nipped in waistlines with peplum back detailing. Classic formal women’s tailoring is given a twist with fun spot and stripe linings. Cropped tuxedo jackets in cream and black offer a modernist approach to dress up or down.
This season sees the emergence of new trouser silhouettes including high waisted flares, relaxed shapes with turn ups, carrot shapes and the cigarette slim. There is a move towards high waisted silhouettes for all leg shapes.
Reiss fashion skirts vary from fit and flare or long and lean, with a higher Basque waistline. A new, strong silhouette is the tulip skirt offering a dressier couture look. Texture comes in the form of tiers and fabric manipulation while decorative laser cut evening skirts in fashion brights are frivolous fun.
Shirts are structured and fitted or soft and feminine. Shapes are theatrical with emphasis on the shoulders, pleats and ruffles, bell sleeves with deep cuffs and statement collars. Printed blouses are a new introduction to the range in monochromatic stripes, and irregular spots.
Women’s fashion tops with sculptured sleeve detailing and front cascade frills have a romantic yet modernist appeal while bold dandy stripes look edgy and cool. The now essential racer tanks are available in a wide range of colours and perfect for layering. A new offer is the sexy bandeau top with boning and sweetheart neckline.
For evening looks, a major influence is French vintage couture creating a collection of luxe dresses to last for seasons to come. Sumptuous fabrics include taffeta, satin back crepe, lace and silk. Fabric manipulation has replaced embellishment with technique and laser cut feathered detailing on bustiers.
The essential silhouettes for knitwear are fitted with sexy stretch knit dresses, tops and tube skirts in deep hues of current and vibrant violet. Placements of ruffles, pleats and frills add interest to simple shapes. Cashmere blends and soft brushed angora feel luxurious.
Fashion accessories take on a new direction where luxury textures are key. Leather mixes of pearlescent crocs, coloured python, embossed patents, suede and nubuck finishes are essential to this premium quality collection. Colours are rich and saturated to complement the clothing palette. A focal point for the shoe collections are special, unique heels, ranging from octagonal work wear heights to high elegant metal finishes. Key statement shoe shapes include over the knee leather and suede boots, detailed ankle boots in luxury patents, the fashion lace up in Italian croc, hidden and extreme platforms, square toes and the new fashion point.
Bags are more structured with exclusive frame handhelds in lux skins offering great work wear options which sit along side timeless shoppers in Italian leathers. The fashion satchel comes in chic croc finishes and high shine glossy patents. Day bag silhouettes also include fringed styles, slouchy suede hobos, across the body mini satchels and boxy shoulder shapes. The clutch bag continues to be an essential piece with feathers, crinkle satins and pleating creating contemporary surfaces. New evening silhouettes include the barrel, oversized envelope, angular shapes and the pouchette.
Belts continue to be a significant styling tool. The offer includes a wide range of both waist and hip fitting belts using beautiful leathers and suedes. Exclusive buckles, structured sashes, corsets and frill detailing are key for A/W08. Trilby hats, slouchy berets, leather gloves and fur snoods complete the Reiss look for Autumn.