Layering is a term in computer programming that refers to “the organization of programming into separate functional components that interact in some sequential and hierarchical way.” But this is fashion, not computer science, and SoÃ¯a & Kyo demonstrated that layering can be an important aspect of dressing in the spring. Each outfit that went down the runway consisted of at least four pieces: utilitarian jacket and windbreakers, collared shirts, and knit sweaters.
Normally, piling on articles of clothing is a fashion practice reserved for fall when the weather is too chilly to wear just a t-shirt yet too warm for a heavy winter coat, but the colour palette of Easter egg pastels seemed most appropriate to wear once the snow melts. Dainty shades of baby pink, pistachio green, and lavender purple garments were nestled like baby chicks underneath classic khaki trench coats.
SoÃ¯a & Kyo somehow managed to create a totally wearable and fun collection without falling back on the fashion staple of wearing all black. While my goth girl heart bled over the collection’s lack of darkness, I was elated to see man pants in shades of tan and blue strutting down the runway, leaving a trail of relaxed butts and thighs in their wake — paired with floral brogues no less.
The layering fun didn’t stop with the jackets either, with thin rib-knit socks worn under raffia espadrille wedges. Long considered a mortal sin in the eyes of the fashion elite, these were hands-down the most fashionable socks with sandals I have ever seen.
So imagine my surprise when I did a little research (read: visited the SoÃ¯a & Kyo website) and discovered the brand only sells outerwear. Yes, that’s right — none of the clothes sent down the SoÃ¯a & Kyo were actually part of the brand, save for the jackets. It’s truly a shame, because with styling that good they should really start selling womenswear too.All image by George Pimentel
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Isabel Slone is a Toronto-based fashion blogger and writer. Follow her on Twitter at @isabelslone.