Olympics. Saks Potts SS19

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For their spring-summer 2018, Barbara Potts and Catherine Saks clearly wanted to stir away from what Saks Potts is mostly known for: the best-selling faux fur jackets. And they tried hard to surprise. In the beginning, a dance troupe performed in the middle of the stadium, where the collection was presented; then, a model came out, wearing a dramatic white dress in fur. And then, the show really began. The collection was meant to be a nod to the Olympics and everything connected to sport. But the result could have been much better. The designers definitely needed to concentrate more on editing the looks, as in the overall the collection felt simply… messy. Holographic, Lycra ensembles. Duvet jackets with mountain prints. Logomania tights. Too much going on in here. Also, I couldn’t help but note all the elements that seemed to be knocked-off from Area NYC. Their signatures: the big sunglasses, the over-the-top styling, the early 90s glamour. All present at Saks Potts, executed in a very similar way. The best (and certainly the most original) part of the collection was the fur. That lilac coat with a fluffy collar and equally fluffy cuffs is a highlight, just like the ombre teddy bear piece.

Another week, another fashion week. Some Copenhagen designers, like Cecilie Bahnsen, have a clear signature and keep to it. Other, like Ganni, recycle trends. And the other others, like Saks Potts, are established for one thing, but seem to struggle to evolve. Still, the Danish designers are worth watching.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Charming. Stella McCartney Pre-Fall’15

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Stella McCartney usually makes me yawn and fall asleep, but this time I am amused. Her new pre-fall seems to be charming, chic and at the same time energetic. Faux-fur coats look so good… and those knitted skirts are the lazy continuation of normcore. Also, some cool hairy hats appeared which look ultra-warm. To end it up, Stella brought on some wild cats, which cool as a contrast to all that brown and white. I ask you girl for more collections like these!

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Shrimps at Net-A-Porter

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Serving up faux fur creations with an irresistible sense of fun, London-based Hannah Weiland is one to watch. This young designer studied art history and textiles before launching Shrimps, so called because of her childhood nickname. The collection focuses on the idea of classic Breton stripes with a twist – expect supercharged color combinations and oversized cuts. The WILMA coat is the one not to missed!

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Furry SHRIMPS

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Hannah Weiland with her shaggy, fluffy and furry label Shrimps, is showing that the world is funnier with faux fur. And it may be sophisticated! Shrimps is a simple and bold idea. It’s all about the Wilma coat made out of fake fur, kept in super funky colours and full of stripes! With a cool clutch made too, from fur, the collection is quirky, but at the same time… Making you forget of worries? It’s so loose and vibrant… While the label is 7 months old, it’s already everywhere: on Opening Ceremony and soon at Net-A-Porter. Let’s all get SHRIMPY now!

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