Cos SS16: 3 avant-garde design tropes from the high street label

Cos SS16: 3 avant-garde design tropes from the high street label

Out of the box

Text: Andrea Sim

Cos reinvents the classics with Swedish ingenuity — see the three edgiest leitmotifs from the spring/summer 2016 collection

Despite the brand's high street positioning, walk into a Cos store and it's apparent that it offers none of fast fashion's cookie-cutter designs — this is a label grounded in its fuss-free aesthetic championed by unique detailing.

For spring/summer 2016, the collection focuses on the rebirth of classics, enlisting individualistic folds, drapes and the concept of re-construction to reinvigorate well-loved signature pieces. See the three avant-garde design tropes that will elevate all wardrobes seamlessly. 

1. Origami pleats
Transposing the beauty of paper folding on shift tops and dresses, the origami design detailing upgrades Cos' basics into distinctive pieces best saved for special occasions. Slip on one of these dresses without the need for accessoring. After all, the garment in itself is the centerpiece. 

2. The weave
Here's how to bare a little skin without succumbing to a cropped top and the quickest way to add instant texture to a classic outfit. A midi-skirt and dress never packed this much punch till Cos broke it down and pieced it back together again. 

3. The wrap 
Not a top nor an outerwear, we'd like to think of these bandeaus as accessories. Perfect for layering over dresses à la Cos, experiment and unlock the key to enhancing an ensemble while keeping your cool in the tropics. Brilliant.

Shop the spring/summer 2016 collection in Cos boutiques located at Ion Orchard, Raffles City and Westgate.