Chris Gelinas Cuts Loose with Old Hollywood Flair
Each of Chris Gelinas’ previous collections for MADE have proved that the designer has rigid form on lock. From the elongated box-cuts of his Kabuki theatre tops to the triangular precision of his waist-high pants, structure has always been the name of his game. But for this year’s SS16 collection, Gelinas let his hair down (all two inches of it), as this season was as loose and free-flowing as senior prom.
Deep cuts seemed to be this collection’s staple, with pant seams opening up above the waist and shirt sleeves opening up to underarms. Gelinas always prints his outfits with a curious array of precise, geometric shapes, but this year those shapes became larger than life, with a multitude of the languid ribbons and sashes of fabric embossed with bronze studs and intricate beaded accents. It was as if your grandma’s sewing chest got put in a blender and came out as regal pageantry.
The collection’s highlights reminded us of the reason for the season: turning it out at the swimming pool. Serving 1930’s Hollywood realness, several models came decked out in fuzzy pink bathing caps (which amazingly doubled as handbags!?) and pristinely white one-piece suits, some with matching ascots. Add in the orange plush overcoats, the A-line frocks with matching wife-beaters, and the shiny bronze, wing-tipped gladiator sandals, and you have a look just as ready for the French Riviera as the YMCA community swim night.
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