Sometimes less is more, and in the case of designer Ann-Sofie Back’s imaginative translucent details, the statement rings true: One adds a complex outer layer with very little. Behold the pellucid element, a throwback to the days of jellies and hot pink see through plastic backpacks (thanks, Clueless), lucite baubles and that undiscerning 90’s take on Cinderella shoes (thee it-heel if there ever were one for 18-year-old style mavens of the decade). The transparant trend has evolved from Showgirls though, and what remains is at once minimal and elegant.
Back uses plastic links in a collection of jewelry that translates simplicity in a practical, functional form. Her penchant for the avant-garde is demonstrated on her every day ready-to-wear pieces, both the classic blouse and t-shirt, with the addition of a clear back strap that hangs loosely like the same organic curve of the spine. The pink sandals she designed for Cheap Monday possess a small dose of the unexpected too, combining metallic material with a lucid strap covering the top of the foot. How do you wear what’s next to nothing?