Carol Fung and Michelle Du have collaborated on a Gattaca meets Bladerunner futuristic lounge collection for their debut Spring Summer line. Nothing is taken for granted when it comes to structure, fabric or aesthetic. The Canadian and Australian duo make comfort look ever so sleek and modern. The models in their collection have well coiffed slick hairstyles and metallic near fluorescent fabrics are in use throughout the collection. Of particular note were the Kari Peel Slip Dress in Lilac that harkens back to Marc Jacobs styling several Spring seasons ago but definitely original and fresh. There’s also the combination of the Helene Square Front Bra and Hydra Surf Lead Pant that shows the designers are not afraid of getting very close and tight to the skin, while not being over the top with overt sexual messages. It’s subtle yet sexy.
Don’t let the new label fool you. Jerome LaMaar has been at this for over 10 years designing for the likes of Baby Phat and working under Ralph Rucci. His 5:31 JÉRÔME collection (named after his May 31st birthday) was a mix of his signature sandals (which were a show stopper because they had leafy green designs) and a plethora of wide-flared skirts, a tailored pleated jumper in creme and a floral dotted pattern shift skirt. You could see that Lamaar’s experience with design could take him in several different directions. He puts together a youthful collection that’s not necessarily whimsical but more with it and fun.