Paris Fashion Week SS16: Sacai

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Sacai

Chaotic perfection

Text: Andrea Sim

What do you get when you throw a flurry of reptilian prints, trippy pleated sheer layers and an iconic night club logo into Chitose Abe's creative blender? A spring collection from Sacai that's ace, of course

The inspiration: Building upon the brand's spring menswear collection where the Paradise Garage logo — an iconic night spot in '70s and '80s Manhattan — was a recurring motif, Chitose Abe rendered the emblem sparingly on select few pieces (looks 15 and 25) for ready-to-wear. The designer conveyed the logo's robust spirit through paisley neck scarves, buckled ankle boots and a spirited stomp in the models' walks instead.

The looks: Majestic cats of the wild careening through blood-red grass patches was a print that graced many an ensemble, from laser-cut floral dresses to wrap skirts and pleated tops. And the hardware? Grommets of all sizes lavishly adorned neck scarves, caped tops and skirts alike. Squint and examine the collection closely, and you'll also see the paper-thin pleated sheer fabric peeking out from under bottoms. Not forgetting, the thick lace piping that snaked up plackets, a stately addition to the lightweight tops. 

Favourite look: Almost impossible to pick just one from such a stellar collection, look 37 is what we'll settle for. If that coat fashioned entirely out of laser-cut florals paired with a lustrous accordian pleated skirt does not have you itching for spring (so you can purchase the ensemble, of course), we don't know what will.

Try it now: Dual slit front skirts, because a singular slit will not cut it anymore (look 5). To recreate, take the scissors to an existing pair you don't mind losing in name of creativity.

I spy: A Zorro-like cape (look 14) in sheer panelled fabric with glitter and paisley embroidery. Good for Halloween and spring, or just a year-round fantastic outfit. 

To see the full collection, click on the gallery below.

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