The wardrobe, reinvented

fashion April 05, 2018 01:00


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Cos merges traditional methods with new techniques in timeless clothing for men and women

 In a move guaranteed to please Bangkok’s fashionistas, British high street fashion brand Cos opened its first store at EmQuartier last week and confirmed that its second boutique at Siam Paragon would be ready to launch next Saturday. 

The EmQuartier branch is spread over 625 square metres and reflects the designs for which Cos is known using natural materials and modern features throughout and framed by a distinctive black basalt stone facade.

COS first launched in London in 2007 and made its reputation for exploring organic shapes and natural materials while taking inspiration from the past, present and imagined future. The result is a series of understated modern classics, composed in interchangeable modular ways.

From the pattern cutting to the paper draping and 3D conceptual work, the spring and summer collections for men and women show the influences of time with reinvented modern pieces boasting a futuristic tone. The three-piece tailoring incorporates new fabrics as well as draped and voluminous pieces while classics have been revisited in surprising materials and with details that are sometimes carefully misplaced.

Designs are brought to life by cottons in a range of forms – textured, coated, crisp, crumpled – and knits of various weights are crafted from barely-there silks, chunky paper yarns and starched summer wools. Technical innovations like coated Tyvek are interspersed throughout and the composition is completed with a natural, refined colour palette that moves from purest white through organic papery and wood-inspired tones to summer browns combined with accents of ochre, leaf green, mint, navy, petrol and red clay.

Accessories include the shopper bag in ivory patent leather, an elongated clutch with a brushed metal handle and a rectangular leather handbag with functional front and back openings. Sneakers are fly knitted, proposing a new wearability and silver jewellery is fluid and organic, creating floating forms.