POSSO x Volcom Spring 2012 Collaboration — Day-to-Night Cali Style
Remember when Kanye said, “When you try hard, that’s when you die hard”? Though there was a level of irony in the man who popularized shutter shades being the one to convey the message, ‘Yeezy did have a point: those who expend too much energy trying to look cool inevitably come off as inauthentic and, well, lame. Best friends Marylouise Pels and Vanessa Giovacchini know this all too well, which is why they don’t place too much emphasis on trends or on audience perception when they fulfill their duties as models, DJs, artists, and designers. The globe-trotting duo behind POSSO (which means “I Can”) most recently collaborated with street-and-surf brand Volcom on a collection of laid-back apparel and accessories for women with a nomadic lifestyle (in the sense that they’re forever on-the-move) and a beachy California aesthetic.
The POSSO x Volcom Spring 2012 Collection, then, incorporates pieces for both day and night, each of which can be styled in a number of ways for maximum versatility (a key factor for women who need to pack light when jetting from one destination to the next). Pieces in the collection, then, range from bikinis with stripe and polka dot motifs to loose tank tops with asymmetrical hemlines, high-waisted floral print mini skirts that resemble shorts and scuba-esque skorts, and sheer wrap pants with slits along the front of each leg. There’s a sexiness quotient to these garments, of course, but it’s understated, the type of sensuality young women exude before being fully aware of their own blossoming bodies — more The Blue Lagoon than 10, if you will.
The POSSO x Volcom Crop Tank ($29.50 at Shop.Volcom.com) constitutes an ideal garment for strolls along the shore. The cotton-and-jersey crop top’s hemline is cut higher along the front than the back, bringing more attention to the midriff area and creating an exaggerated silhouette. The black/white colorway (pictured above) features the word “Amor” (LOVE) on one side and a tribal-inspired floral print on the other side.
For a quick nightclub-ready look, women can cop the POSSO x Volcom Cat Suit Jumper ($75 at Shop.Volcom.com), a body-hugging piece with a structured bodice featuring a bustier construction reminiscent of Madonna’s “Express Yourself days” a banded waistline, long pants, and removable shoulder straps.
Frequent fliers and road trip lovers alike will appreciate the POSSO x Volcom Carry On Purse ($145 at Shop.Volcom.com), a square-shaped PVC bag with two exterior zippers, two top handles, a longer detachable shoulder strap, and hidden wheels and a roller handle so you can cruise through the terminal like the stylish hurricane you are.