I've been gone again awhile, life just keeps getting in the way of running this blog! I really do intend to post more often, however I now do all the fashion and beauty writing for The Otago Daily Times, so have taken on a lot more responsibility...argh. Anyway here's the amazing campaign images from Company of Strangers SS/17 collection 'Crush'. I've got a mad crush on that off-white shirt and kimono-sleeve bomber! Company of Strangers 'Crush' celebrates thier muse of the season, multimedia artist Eva Hesse.A pioneering female artist in a male dominated space, Hesse merges the cool austerity of minimalist art with a poetic mix of the whimsical and subtly sexual. Loose fits, silk sheaths and playful silhouettes are key this season. Gauzy, soft linens are mixed both in more traditional, strict shirt and vest silhouettes as well as playful, almost naïve dresses and jumpsuits, adding a sense of fun and youthfulness. Bold silhouettes with a Japanese sensibility- boxy linens, kimono inspired sleeves are added to sports luxe bombers and give dramatic shape to zip-through tunics. CRUSH brings shapes that are versatile and can be worn multiple ways, dresses can be unzipped and worn as vests, jumpsuits and dresses have multiple belt loops so the wearer can adjust the look easily. Pleats, tucks and gathers wrap around sheer silks in pale hues of lavender and blush quince. Striking gold lurex elastic banding and discreet blackened metal zips add an industrial contrast to more feminine silk styles Raw hemmed silk paisley is dip dyed, silk and twill crepes are finished off with wide strapping and nickel O rings and fragments of fringing. Referencing the contrast between industrial and fragile finishes Hesse often played against each other.