Squares could be boring, but for Ohne Titel’s Flora Adams and Alexa Gill, they proved a more than riveting inspiration. “We were playing with the idea of the grid,” said Adams, “If you lay squares in different places, how are they going to react?” The results varied from grid printed flounce skirts, to draped square peplums, to square paillettes decorating a coral evening gown–new territory for the duo.
The collection on a whole bridged the gap where minimal meets wearable. “We started off seeing an exhibit by Tauba Auerbach called ‘Float’ where she had these really beautiful minimalist paintings created by weaving twill tape, and so we wanted to take those same textures and bring them into clothing,” Adams said. “[We wanted] to do something that was quite minimalist yet energetic.” The results were incredibly wearable and relatable, despite having such highbrow origins.
The wearability may have come in thanks to Carolina Issa, the label’s stylist and Tank magazine fashion director renowned on street style blogs for her ability to wear silk trousers like it’s nobody’s business. It’s easy to see Issa’s chic influence on the collection. “They create incredibly chic clothes that are totally wearable so every outfit that we put out is really strong for the runway, but I just want to live in all of them,” said Issa. “I think the reason why they wanted to work with me in the first place is that I already wear their clothes and put them together in a way that is very individual to me. In that sense, there might be some very ‘Caroline’ outfits out there, like a belted waist with a dress and a jacket and the little skirts. It’s mosty them though, with just a tiny bit of me … I did get them doing a persimmon lip [on the models] tough, and I love a red lip!”