For Charles and Keith, springtime is all about reviving the mood of unforgotten eras that have strongly influenced modern day fashion, before delving into the tale of one’s journey to self-discovery in summer.
The Spring ’16 collection takes on a bolder approach, beginning with a trip down memory lane before ending up with an unexpected juxtaposition between edginess and feminine sweetness. Reworked details are seen on wedge sandals, heels, and mini backpacks with small ruffle details, whereas martial elements and origami folds explore the minimal aesthetics of Asian beauty, as seen on oversized knot sliders, cross strap weave sandals, and tie-knot details on clutch bags.
Nostalgic and historic influences are merged with subculture street aesthetics, as seen on ’70s daywear updated with modern relevance, using the allure of vintage accent detailing on mule loafers, buckle detail clogs, oversized drawstring bags, and keyhole lock wallets in hues of camel, sandstorm, and whisper pink. There are also old video games-inspired emoticon crossbody bags, top handle box bags, and platform sandals in vibrant colours, lace-up tennis sneakers, and smiley plimsolls – a childlike contrast that brings back those memorable childhood memories.
The Summer ’16 collection, on the other hand, pushes forth the idea of self-identity and the delivery of self-expressionism. Ornate embellishments are abandoned in pursuit of a more simplified construction, and homage is paid towards traditions with an interplay of rich warm hues and wooden prints, encapsulating the tradition/modernity duality.
Musing on the journey of a wanderer, active ropes and lug sole details on ballerina flats, sandals, heels, and trooper bags embody the outdoor influence with an underlying sense of androgyny and studious demeanour. Expeditions into the unknown are expanded onto knee high gladiator sandals, studded gladiator sandals, and laced-up cage heels.
Bold attempts on merging athleticism and femininity can be seen on sneakers with gem-encrusted fabrics, and classic heels and sandals with refreshing elastic cross bands. Bag accessories are kept to the minimum with a strong play in geometry and semi-precious stones in the purist pursuit of modernity.
The Charles and Keith SS16 collection is now available at the Charles and Keith outlets located at Pavilion KL, KLCC, Mid Valley Mega Mall, One Utama, Fahrenheit88, Nu Sentral, Paradigm Mall, Sunway Pyramid, and The Curve.