Hailing from Canada, Clayton Evans studied art & architecture, and debuted his label Complex Geometries in Fall 2005. With monochromatic fabrics, striking shapes to create minimalist pieces that can be worn a variety of ways, its intricate draping & distinctive cuts, Clayton creates clothes that focus on "the clean, the smart, and the soft". The concept behind Complex Geometries is very minimalist, yet designed in an intricate and interesting way; as Evans puts it “the line itself is a balance between challenging and comfortable”. The simple lines of the pieces, usually made of silk and jersey, play off the different geometrical shapes used by Evans resulting in a line of clothes that is cool and fresh without trying too hard.
The SS09 collection played around with the notions of travel (the clothes are light & pack well) and unconventional cuts, CG's signature look. I have been coveting this Silk Split Square dress for a year or so.
When Mathilde generously shared that CG was offering 40% off for one day only (which I fortuitously read just before I was heading to bed), I swiftly pounced on the opportunity to finally acquire this dress.
A reversible black asymmetrical silk column dress with a slight cowl and a silk chiffon lining that hangs longer than the satin outer layer. This dress is a prime example of CG's wonderfully utopian formula: garments that have several permutations, allowing the wearer to choose front or back, inside out or outside in. I am afraid this post is mostly gratuitous, as I scoured the internet to find some of these "permutation's" in which this dress can be worn, and have collated them in this one post for my own reference.
As a fan of garments that can be worn in a variety of ways, it is often the case that after purchasing such an item, I only remember a handful (at most) of ways I can wear it, and forget the rest. Case in point: I have a Dries Van Noten large wool 'wrap' that has five holes in it, and like a CG piece, could be worn in 1001 different ways, which looked cool on the mannequin, but when I took it home, I was dumbfounded as to how to wear it, I wish it had come with instructions. but that is another post altogether...