The Only Son has got a bit deep and meaningful this season, with Mile-long drawing, its Spring-Summer 2015 collection inspired by kooky American artist Walter De Maria’s flirtation with zen-inspired art forms in the 1960 – this guy was a pioneer of minimalist and conceptual art and once drew a ‘mile long drawing’ in the Mojave desert. It was a masterpiece of course, but to the art ignorant it looked a lot like two parallel white lines on the ground.
How does this impact the collection, you may well ask. Well, we’re not entirely sure, except that it makes for a cool-sounding muse and a collection full of minimalist cuts which favour block colours and soft lines – which have become something of a staple for The Only Son.
Block colours in white, black and rust have the potential to be a little stern but with this collection the smooth lines and relaxed tailoring employed by The Only Son’s ateliers give the collection a more casual, wearable feel. Even high-waist trousers, buttoned-up shirts, suits and evening dresses with bandage elements look low-key and cool.
It’s testament to the skill of The Only Son’s team that they can make such complex tailoring techniques – reversible blazers (side note: we couldn’t be happier that reversible jackets are back), metal embellishments, customised geometric distortion prints on woven pieces and knitwear, and construction detailing from circle, square and triangle patterns.
Stand-out pieces from the collection include a powder grey one-sleeved cut-off onesie, a jersey fine-print geometric a-line skirt and an asymmetric monochrome top – not to mention the incredibly versatile and oh-so-novel reversible blazers which, quite frankly, we’re not sure how we ever managed without.
Make no bones about it, we love the basic shapes, androgynous cuts and simple palette of the collection. It’s all so… effortless and, let’s face it, that’s what real style is about.
Available at: Gaysorn, Siam Paragon, and Siwilai @ Central Embassy
By Molly Lanscombe