Laurence and Chico Spring 2020

Since the launch of the brand in 2015, the Canadian-based brand Laurence and Chico has been a fashion brand that pushed the proverbial fashion envelope of what is acceptable. From their fantasy, fairytale collections—collections based on their personal illustrations of their friend and family depicted as flora and fauna—to their genderbending in-your-face no holes barred collections to their over-embellished garments that somehow work, Laurence and Chic season after season create collections that are not only adventurous by tongue-and-cheek fun with a hint of wink wink.

There was a lot of wink wink in Laurence and Chico’s spring 2020 collection. With gender fluid models opening the show, and I must say, strutting like it was the last strut of their lives, Laurence and Chico set the mood of their show.

Laurence Li and Chico Wang, the design duo behind the brand, were inspired by New York City and characters from the iconic television show “Sex and the City.” This spring 2020 collection was a lively fashion compendium on the ladies who lunch as seen through lens of an acid-based design aesthetic. Imagine Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie Bradshaw having lunch in Manhattan with “Alice in Wonderland’s” Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat, and dressed accordingly.

Though this collection was an purview into Laurence and Chico’s interpretation of “Sex and the City” on steroids, this spring 2020, like fall 2019’s collection was a direct diversion for the DNA of the brand whose previous design aesthetic was more fantasy based with few consumer-friendly garments. This spring 2020 collection as did last season’s collection included far more accessible separates. There was a panoply of tweed blazers, tweed trousers, and cardigans. And although these items were combined with outrageous accessories, accessories aside the traditional looks could easily fit into an Upper Eastside socialite’s wardrobe.

Images courtesy of Agentry PR

There a few carryovers from last season, namely the tweed jackets and coats, and pearl-encrusted blouses and tops. That said; standout looks from the spring 2020 collection include embroidered pearl top and plaid shorts, Empire State Building printed blue pants and blazer, heart-shaped tulle top and red tulle skirt, and include embroidered pearl top and plaid shorts, Empire State Building printed blue pants and blazer, heart-shaped tulle top and red tulle skirt,.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

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