Ask me about my favorite trait about the Montreal design crew? Resiliency. I have been fortunate enough in my short duration as a self-proclaimed writer to have never met a single person who has voiced thoughts of quitting, even in the face of strong opposition. The creators among the "514" will always be admired as those who ended by doing the same thing that inspired them since the start. Fight on.
Today, I highlight a true martyr of modern badass-ery known as Lafaille. Benjamin Lafaille has fueled the renegade spirit of the underground since his first collection at Fashion Pop three seasons ago. Whether it was his laser cut yellow net pants, or his syringe emblazoned faux fur for the current season, Lafaille has been ahead of his time by intertwining in-depth conceptual themes with technical superiority in the fabrication of garment details.
SS15 plays no games. Entitled "SAFETY FIRST" (featured at *TOM Fashion Week) Lafaille successfully speaks in metaphorical volumes with unconventional proportions and high intensity graphics. Taken as is, the collection is a literal destructo-match as crash dummies and safety cones cover oversized tees, a clear winner with streetwear trends for the coming season. If we connect the dots between the dangers of the inter-web in "DOWN THE WEB-IT HOLE", and the collision of "SAFETY FIRST" I could envision this as Lafaille's unofficial response to the land of fame and excess. The drive may be a joyride at first, but if you don't keep your eyes on the road ahead, you might be in for a wreck. Make your own opinions by viewing the lookbook below:
LAFAILLE SS15 "SAFETY FIRST"
MODEL: SHEMS @ MONTAGE
PHOTOGRAPHY: SPENCER EDWARDS
STYLING: SAMUEL FOURNIER
HAIR: CYNTHIA RAPOSO
MAKEUP: BRIGITTE LACOSTE