Fashion

Spring/Summer 2018: The Cult Pieces

Bold prints, ice cream colours, envy-inducting accessories and reviving dad’s old shoes; as we head into high summer, Coggles presents this season’s standout pieces across menswear and womenswear.

Womenswear

1. MSGM  Maxi Frill Dress

Modern floral prints are a mainstay this summer, with MSGM one of the trend’s finest exponents. This lilac and white frill dress is crafted and cut from luxurious pure silk and holds a high neck with a self-tie string.

2. Rejina Pyo ‘Conie’ Mules

A finalist for 2018’s BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund, Rejina Pyo has emerged as one of the most exciting designers working in contemporary womenswear. With a unique aesthetic fusing the aesthetics of her Korean heritage and the metropolitan, urban styling of London (where Pyo was born), Rejina Pyo makes everything in Korea with an offbeat femininity, unusual detailing and modern silhouettes. In addition to her Insta-famous clothing, Pyo also merits recognition for the elegance and precision of the brand’s footwear.

3. Christopher Kane Diamond Satin Mini Dress

Whether it be race days or weddings, a statement event dress is a summer staple – and not many brands quite make a statement like Christopher Kane. This season’s must-have is a satin mini dress cut in Italy from a silky fabric for a fluid fit, voluminous sleeves with tied cuffs and a contrasting diamond panel to the front with a statement crystal embellishment.

4. M2Malletier La Fleur du Mal Bag

Blending inspirations from minimalist French interiors with surrealist Catalan architecture, it’s no surprise that Barcelona-based M2Malletier has garnered a cult following for its distinct approach to contemporary luxury accessories. The Fleur du Mal bag, taking its title from the poetry of French enfant terrible Charles Baudelaire, updates a luxury leather construction and classic shape with the brand’s signature, medieval-inspired needle handle and elegant studded frame detailing.

5. MM6 Maison Margiela Mule Sandals

Requiring no introduction, Maison Margiela and its diffusion line MM6 continue to poke and prod the fashion industry with its irreverent take on modern fashion. Our pick of this season’s womenswear is these electric blue mules, featuring a dramatic arched silhouette and gently mocking the concept of the ‘cup’ heel with typical humour.

Menswear

1. Matthew Milller ‘Tyler’ Camo Biker Jacket

Since Vogue picked him out as ‘one to watch’ on the back of his graduate collection in 2009, Matthew Miller has rapidly ascended to take his place as one of contemporary menswear’s most relevant and engaging voices. In 2018, Miller scooped the Menswear Woolmark Prize, with his brand’s Spring/Summer collection an embodiment of his vision. The ‘Tyler’ appears to bear all the hallmarks of a classic biker jacket, but a closer look unveils Miller’s unique approach to fashion; the jacket is made from a modern technical fabric rather than leathers or suede and features several customizable features, with the jacket made as part of the ‘Untitled Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable’ range to denote an ever-evolving concept and design philosophy that allows you to make the piece your own as you wear it.

2. Missoni Mutli-Stripe Tee

A cult piece this summer, next summer and in 10 summer’s time, a Missoni tee will always instantly elevate your look. With its instantly recognisable ribbed neck and cuffs and signature textured knit construction, this tee captures the essence of warm Italian summers.

3. DSquared2 Ibisco Printed Short Sleeve Shirt

It seems like menswear may be starting to catch up with womenswear in its daring this summer, with bold floral prints a key look. Dsquared2, as ever, is on point with its ‘Ibisco’ shirt which ticks all the boxes you need in your summer shirt: cool, viscose construction;  ’50s-inspired camp collar; side slits for ventilation; plus, of course, that killer print.

4. adidas by Raf SimonsDetroit Runner

As you’ll be well aware, ugly dad trainers are in – and that won’t be changing any time soon. Steer clear of any new iterations of that trend and instead opt for the original; adidas by Raf Simons has had the trend down to a tee since 2013. And for what it’s worth, we think Raf’s still doing it better than anyone right now.

5. Maison Margiela Super Bleached Denim Jacket

Martin Margiela became an icon in part for his ‘grunge’ approach to fashion, using deconstruction, recycling and raw finishes to offer a new perspective within modern menswear. For S/S18, Maison Margiela updates the classic denim jacket with its signature approach using a super bleached denim, minimal 3-button through front, inverted pockets and subtle detailing including the brand’s iconic four stitches to the reverse.



Amy Lyons

Amy Lyons

Writer and expert

A Northern bred gluten free foodie, weightlifting yoga enthusiast and green tea addict. Hobbies include: lifting heavy things for fun and taking selfies with my cats. Aiming to promote a healthy, mindful and positive lifestyle in the hope of inspiring others to do the same.