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On Our Radar
5 September 2020

5 Brands to Know at SSENSE

Words By Brittany Lyons

The designers making their way onto the wish lists of the editorial team at Monde this month

Gil Rodriguez

Whether it’s getting colder or warmer where you are, now is the time to mix and match.

Gil Rodriquez’s collection of LA staples are the perfect base of layering when dressing for unpredictable temperatures.

This season, the former American Apparel designer has found much of her inspiration in the humble fabrication – terry towelling. Imagining classic silhouettes like the bowler shirt, as well as chuck-on staples like the track pant and short, this curation of terry loungewear radiates California cool.

Reigning true to the designer’s ethos of authenticity, you will notice a lack of easily identifiable markers when it comes to branding. Exceptionally refreshing, especially from a brand born out of LA, Rodriguez intentionally pulls away from the social media hype that surrounds the subtexts of labels.

Humble and versatile, exactly what we’re needing in 2020.

Shop the exclusive curation of beautiful colourways and silhouettes from Gil Rodriguez at SSENSE.

Gil Rodriguez SSENSE Exclusive Blue Terry Bowling Shirt, $185, SSENSE

Marine Serre

Recognisable for her Lycra bodysuits adorned with crescent moons, MARINE SERRE is the designer who’s clothing currently hangs in the wardrobe’s of Kylie Jenner, Jorja Smith and Beyonce.

After a recent surge in popularity thanks to featuring heavily in Beyonce’s ALREADY music video, the namesake French brand has reached total international recognition.

While skin-tight lycra may have been her ticket to stardom, let it be known that Serre’s design prowess fair exceeds this micro trend. A large stint spent in Parisian couture houses, Serre is no novice when it comes to expert tailoring.

Years spent within the house of Maison Margiela has also very deeply influenced the Marine Serre of today. With a great affinity for 90s sportswear and a flair for futuristic fusion, the Serre collection epitomises the SSENSE vision of fashion.

Young, fresh and edgy, Serre’s designs perfectly embody what it is millennials seek from their clothing.

Enjoy SSENSE’s MARINE SERRE September curation below.

Marine Serre Beige & Black Moon Allover Turtleneck, $485, SSENSE

Opening Ceremony

Starting off as a multi-branded retail store, Opening Ceremony was the destination for the modern traveller’s culmination of modern fashion, art and design. Evolving into a house brand soon after, the Opening Ceremony of today best represents the movement of pop culture, and its influence on fashion.

Known best for their extensive range of collaborations with the likes of Vans, COMMES des GARCONS, Adidas etc, Opening Ceremony loves to breathe life into the almost dated ‘collab’ scene.

When it comes to apparel, the OC brand has humble beginnings in providing basics, but now is a design-led leader who provides the modern muse with great everyday fashion.

Clear branding, comfy knitwear and tailored outerwear always form part of each collection.

In the year 2020, Opening Ceremony is providing peak comfort and versatility for trans-seasonal dressing.

Shop our curation of OC via SSENSE below.

Opening Ceremony Beige Bicolor Dress, $775, SSENSE

Proenza Schouler

The NYC institution best known for their perennial satchel bag, Proenza Schouler epitomises exceptional quality craftsmanship.

The creation of two Parson’s School of Design Graduates, this label could not ooze New York more if it tried.

Creating simple yet stunning pieces designed to surpass trends, Proenza is a great option when selecting for styles to bring you from one season to the next.

For us, shifting from season to season usually results in the mixing of heavy and light. Seeing as NYC sees a massive shift in temperature when it comes to a seasonal shift, we think New York natives get it best.

Proenza’s futuristic-minimalism approach to design is the perfect platform to play with when mixing up traditional season-specific dressing.

A boot with a dress, a coat with a short. You need to be prepared for what the season throws at you.

Discover your inner downtown cool and shop new season Proenza Schouler at SSENSE below.

Proenza Schouler Brown Slouchy Mid Length Dress, $1,875, SSENSE

Won Hundred

Founded in 2004, Won Hundred is a Scandinavian-born label fronted by Danish native Nikolaj Neilsen.

Starting his career in fashion when he should have otherwise been in school, Neilsen has spent almost a lifetime perfecting his art. Epitomising true to Scandinavian taste, the Won Hundred brand practices simplistic design principles in every collection.

Reliant on great quality staples like denim, jackets and knitwear, Won Hundred is the perfect option when considering your trans-seasonal investments.

Don’t be fooled, simple doesn’t equate to boring. Utilising subtle influences of rock and roll and skateboarding cultures, collections range from daring pieces to versatile staples. With clever tailoring throughout, Won Hundred is cool and functional with a consistent consideration of attention to detail.

Neilsen’s practical outlook on fashion is certainly meeting the needs we seek in the year 2020. With a foundation of ethics in production and conscious existence, Won Hundred completely embodies how brands of today should operate.

Shop the latest from Won Hundred via SSENSE below.

Won Hundred Brown Alannah Jacket, $445, SSENSE