Jeremy Laing – Fall 2012 – Layering Forward

This season, designer Jeremy Laing looked to his key strength, layering, to form a collection marked by imposing shoulders, myriad textures, and fine detail prints. Mohair and rich wools made multiple appearances, in contrast with sheer silks that flowed beneath their heavier counterparts. Arms, legs, and flesh peered through opened zippers, as jackets and coats looked to shoulders for support.

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story by Chloe Bensahel
photos by Aya and Ned Rosen
web editor Rachel Reneé

This season, Toronto designer Jeremy Laing looked to his key strength, layering, to form a collection marked by imposing shoulders, myriad textures, and fine detail prints. Mohair and rich wools made multiple appearances, in contrast with sheer silks that flowed beneath their heavier counterparts. Arms, legs, and flesh peered through opened zippers, as jackets and coats looked to shoulders for support.

The silhouettes remained rather boyish from last season, though Laing added dark floral prints to coats and dresses for a slightly more feminine aesthetic. Unlike in previous seasons, however, Laing restricted his color palette to grays and browns, making this seem as very cohesive collection. The designer proved to have evolved here in his finding a signature style from previous seasons, as details like his oversize shoulders and zippered seams referenced each other throughout the collection even as those things changed from look to look.

It will be interesting to see how Laing’s collection evolves from the runway onward. Some of his garments looked almost too large for the models, perhaps better tailored to “real” women. Furthermore, Laing’s individual pieces are both easily adapted to a variety of looks and well-crafted enough to shine on more conservative outfits. This is where Laing’s growing maturity shines more than ever as he has created a collection that is first and foremost practical and is sure to contribute to his growing notoriety.

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