WORDS: Madeline Chesnut
Czech designer by the name of Lucie Erban Mares (fashion label LEM) is presenting a little something different to the fashion world with her 2016 collection called “Monochromatic”. The collection has an assortment of different garments from sleeveless silk blouses to funky polyester coats.
“Characteristic of the new collection is layering of silhouettes on a monochromatic color scale. The garments will be elegant and simple, the choice of color only underpinning the readability and contrast of the overall design.” -LEM
The inspiration for her collection comes mainly from the reflections and colors that mirrors give off. The monochromatic color waves are derived from photographing the mirror’s surface and picking out shades of white, gray, and black. A mixture of different hues gives off the impression of movement, shape, and dimension. The idea of mimicking mirroring is not a new concept for LEM, as it was seen in her previous collection.
Once the images of mirrors are taken, Lucia Erban Mares then prints the images onto fabric. The use of snaps was seen repeatedly, and the garments could be worn and morphed in different ways. The jackets above and below are made with a polyester exterior and a cotton blend interior for a comfortable fit.
LEM’s experimentation with shape and angle was extremely interesting to explore. This jacket lays in such a different way, and the symmetry and color variation is intriguing. That snaps up the front make for an easy fit.
LEM’s silk blouses were my favorite pieces in the collection. They have great line play, a soft texture, and are beautifully tailored. LEM quotes that, “Inspiration came from a mirror interspace in which elementary designs were reflected, multiplied and deformed.”
The sleeveless silk tops were the highlight of the blouses. This tuxedo inspired blouse has clean lines, a cropped back, and snaps that allow the owner to choose how they want to wear it.
LEM repeats the idea of mirroring with folds over the center axis and layering of fabric. This blouse is extremely versatile and would be a perfect staple item in any closet.
Alongside the blouses was an array of coats. This grey coat, made from a blend of cotton and spandex is reversible and doubles as a solid black coat (seen below). The labeling down the back is a special touch and reads “LEM”. The matching tie at the waist is the perfect finishing touch to emphasis the waist and pull the look together.
Overall, “Monochromatic” is a beautiful collection with the perfect balance of simplicity, elegance, and the perfect touch of edginess.