Canadian designer Jeremy Laing has been designing for almost a decade, yet many in the fashion industry aren't familiar with his work. That is partly due to the fact that it seems difficult to really grasp the brand's signature style. This season, Laing showed a menswear and womenswear collection that went from pin-striped dresses to day-glo dressed up sportwear and abstract prints. While there were several beautiful pieces, the designer's wanderings needed to be edited down.
The collection fit into the major trends for spring: edgy nineties minimalism, wild prints, and flashes of vivid colors: bubble gum pink, pastel orange, and turquoise--mixed with more neutral tones. For fans of futuristic fashions, there was a zippered bodycon top and skirt, several white t-shirts in high tech materials, and some beautiful pieces in transparent organza. There were those pin-striped black or white linen dresses and suits that really didn't need to be there. Then there were gorgeous silk dresses and shorts in a bright watercolor print with washes of red, orange, blue, and yellow designed by artist Julia Dault--truly the stars of the show. The new shoes, created in collaboration with LD Tuttle and featuring carved wooden platforms and painted edges, were also pretty cool. Kudos to the designer for his advanced fabric research and inspired color combinations.