These fresh picked pieces show the earliest signs of spring. It's already spring where we are in Los Angeles, but even if you're stuck in the snow, get a jump on your spring wardrobe with our fave five new arrivals and start working those transition pieces!
Silver studded velvet bands strap the shoulders of this Comme Des Garçons jacket into place when closed, highlighting the influence of bondage and restraint within this garment. The tension running through its every fiber is tangible, and we were immediately drawn to this piece. The cinched structure of this jacket keeps the embroidered pastel florals from being overly sweet, while revealing a shredded back. This piece is for every woman's inner dominatrix.
This haori is a wonderful representation of East-meets-West design. A classic short kimono-jacket is cut in a dotted floral print fabric that is reminiscent of old needlepoint artwork. The layers of floral prints work together giving the print depth, and we absolutely love the Gucci-esque feel created by the sophisticated color palette. Inspiration can bloom anywhere, and this piece is proof.
This Issey Miyake top incorporates ultra violet, the Pantone Color Of The Year, into a graphic, sculptural piece. The color adds bold brightness to any outfit, along with a shot of bright teal, giving your closet an update with the year's on-trend hue. This is also a magic shirt- it appears to be a boxy rectangle, but expands to hug every graceful curve while hiding all the others.
We are in love with this long kimono. It is in a refreshing print not usually seen- an organic and artistic depiction of young spring buds branching their way into the new season. We get serious Dries Van Noten vibes from this piece, with its nature-inspired print, repeating graphic design, and contrasting color combination. In true Dries nature, we'd layer on a few more prints and throw it over with an air of effortless cool.
Nothing screams spring more than a short skirt. This one by Comme Des Garçons elevates the basic skirt to something new and unexpected. A structured houndstooth panel drapes over one side of the embellished skirt, adding movement and drama to an otherwise simple silhouette. The houndstooth and gingham lend both a conservative and school-girlish air to this piece, while the asymmetrical drape and raw-serged ruffles scream in rebellion. This skirt is the wild child of your youth, once sneaking in a kiss out behind the bleachers, and now all grown up.
by Erica Sanae