Designer C.T Liu of C+ plus SERIES sought to find a balance within the sharp contrasts of urban attire, which can very well be seen in his SS19 collection. Paying homage to the refinement and embodiment of the career woman, this season’s collection gives us reinvented takes on “business casual” while also keeping with the brand’s theme of modern elegance.
I was so in love with the reimagined designs on your typical business attire pieces. Blazers and power suits were given a more relaxed look with cut-out detailing and distressed rips while still maintaining a very structured silhouette. For this season, Liu created clothing for women who survive and thrive in the urban jungle. The modern career woman was heavily embodied as models strutted down the runway in sneakers paired with their looks, very reminiscent of your everyday woman commuting comfortably to the office before switching into her heels at her desk—but hey, in this day and age sneakers can very well be part of the look! (Which, obviously I am a huge advocate for).
We also see the definition of “business casual” as models strutted down the runway in the very popularized blazer and bike short combo. Other workwear essentials such as the pencil skirt and button front blouse are also given new meaning through loose-fit silhouettes, asymmetrical cuts, and laid-back styling.
C.T Liu’s interpretation of feminine strength—which he also uses as inspiration for his designs—can be seen through his use of bold colors and powerful design detailing shown through shimmering distressed Canadian tux looks as well as elegantly draped dresses.
This was absolutely one of my favorite shows, simply because each look resonates with the versatility of your everyday woman. Blending elegance with urbanity is what we are now seeing daily within both street and high fashion.
Hoping this show gave you some major outfit inspo. Thanks for reading!
All photos shot and edited by me.