In our society, we value creativity and strive to be so unique that sometimes design and fashion are taken to extreme levels. Take for example the late Alexander McQueen‘s so-called “armadillo shoes” or Lady Gaga‘s wardrobe. There is nothing wrong with being outrageous, but a little goes a long way. That’s why I’m appreciating designer Lois (pronounced “Loy”) Samuels’ label “The Vessel” even more, especially the fall 2010 collection, which I had the chance to view up close and personal during New York Fashion Week.Once a model, known for her controversial CK One campaign in the early 1990s, Lois now is known for her structured and minimalistic design. At first, I wondered what the hype was about because there was nothing avant-garde about her clothes, but after the show, I started to understand why her approach is a breath of fresh air. She’s largely inspired by sophisticated menswear, so the collection consists of tailored, uniform-like pieces with charcoal gray as the dominant color. But she threw in a few red, purple, and blue garments amongst the muted grays, black, and beige. Lois’ collection is not extravagant in color nor is it adorned with unnecessary ornaments. However, it exudes class because of its subtlety.
Lois designs for young, contemporary, and sophisticated adults. Her pantsuits, dresses, blazers, and capes are really wearable. In the show, a gray tweed dress that looks austere in nature was accompanied by a beige mink bag slung over the model’s shoulder. The result looked warm and comfortable, but also chic. Lois’ collection is not only inspired by uniforms, but also by peers like Issey Miyake, Ralph Rucci, and Jil Sander. Lois explained her love of uniform styling to ModaCYCLE: “The world is so chaotic that you need something that’s quiet [and] structured in your life.” [ModaCYCLE, Model’s Own]