Case Studies in Style

January 12, 2011 • Male Box, Yahoo


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

Over the holidays in my native Southern California, I spent two perfectly lazy, yet still highly stylized, afternoons clearing my head of fall/winter 2010 images and making way for spring/summer 2011. When the dismal gray storm clouds that had plagued Los Angeles finally parted, I dashed to the Getty Center for a healthy dose of modernist architecture, minimalist style and contemporary art. The next afternoon, I went on a tour of mid-century modern Case Study houses. Ordinarily, I would have focused on the clean lines of the architecture and interior furnishings, but on that particular day after a week of gray skies, my eyes feasted on the bright pops of color that inhabited these famously minimalist homes. Geometry, black-and-white minimalism, and bright pops of color became my guides in helping you navigate the transition from Fall/Winter 2010 to Spring/Summer 2011.

For the Spring/Summer 2011 season, a number of designers applied the same design techniques normally reserved for all-black creations by conceptual designers to that summer staple white. Balenciaga’s geometry lessons in white this season hark back to the mod 1960’s when the very chicest of jet set Americans crossed The Pond for their fashion. Ann Demeulemeester offers the very best of the conceptual design for which she and her fellow Belgians are known in both all-black and all-white versions. For her woman, Demeulemeester has co-opted the gentlemanly sport of fencing and made it pure Aryan goddess.

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