Lois Samuels’ fall 2011 collection for The Vessel. by Lois was presented as a exhibition of black and white photographs of Samuels herself modeling each of the looks (Samuels is a former model, and was featured in the CK ads during the 90’s). Entitled “7 Days of Winter”, the collection of dresses, short suits and one-piece jumpers has a strong uniform quality, primarily due to Samuels’ strict tailoring and simple silhouettes. In Samuels’ hands, classic, menswear-inspired pieces look fresh, and she has managed to produce a collection that a woman can actually imagine buying in total, something that seems logical, but is rare in reality. These are looks that make sense in a modern woman’s closet, but has sacrificed nothing in terms of “the new” that we expect from fashion. The most intriguing piece is a one-piece long-sleeved pant look that recalls the early days of American sportswear as done by Claire McCardell and Bonnie Cashin.
Photos: Joanna Totolici