The future is now: COTE

CO|TE’s spring outfits have that kind of structured tailoring and panelled details that make them feel like uniforms of the future. Those geometric panels – especially when rendered in bold colours like orange and purple – give off a kind of mecha warrior vibe… like a simplified and beautified version of armoured robots from a cartoon world. On bags and belts these mecha shapes morph into something more akin to Art Deco motifs; the leather goods they adorn kept minimal in a perfectly modern way.

These themes were what drew me to CO|TE initially, but the collection’s refined and sophisticated elements also play closer to the classic – still with modern twists, but perfectly subtle ones. It’s hard to go past sherbet pink silk shorts and top, pleated and pintucked in meticulous shapes, or a crisp and voluminous white skirt that sits as sharply as if it were from the wardrobe of a character from The Jetsons.

COTE spring 2013

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book
CO|TE S/S '13 Look Book

There’s no single style to CO|TE’s spring / summer 2013 collection – some fabrics and thick and starchy, some diaphanous and light, there are straight leg pants and wide leg pants, shawl-collar dinner jackets and coats with rounded cocoon sleeves, block colours and prints, smooth textures and rough ones. But it all comes together cohesively and not an item feels out of place. The young label’s Italian design duo – Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari – make sure of that.

View the full CO|TE spring / summer 2013 collection by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.