Since founding her minimalist swimwear line Prism a few seasons back, fashion journalist-turned-designer Anna Laub has looked to classically sexy, vintage sources for inspiration: the color palette of surrealist photographer Guy Bourdin, the effortless chic of Brigitte Bardot, and the comfortable shapes of 1950′s pin-up lingerie, to name a few. This season, the Brit designer looked to the future, drawing reference from the hypermodern aesthetic of Tokyo’s skyline, as well as the very distant past (old kimono fabrics and Japanese photographic prints from the 1880s, for example).
A recent trip (her first) to Japan provided the inspiration. Laub’s signature clean, appealingly functional (read: wearable and cut-out free) silhouettes took shape in space-age silver and Styrofoam white, as well as a delicate lilac that looked as though it had been plucked from the cherry blossoms. The presentation was hosted at Le Bain, in keeping with Laub’s haute daytime pool party tradition. Models lounged on day beds sipping rose champagne, parasols in hand, with white orchids scattered around them. So did the editors (minus the parasols). It was the calm before the Wang bang, featuring some very utilitarian, and also quite lovely looks at that.