The Cadillac XT5 and Parallels by Design: Signature

At the intersection of two seemingly unrelated philosophies, we find parallels: dualistic principles of mutual understanding. Parallels By Design embarks on an exploration of concept, craftsmanship and the artisans who make innovation tangible. Take a closer look at the first-ever Cadillac XT5 and our journey with Public School to discover the parallels that unite our distinguished crafts.

Cadillac taillamps feature intricate design details

A distinguished symbol of arrival – The Cadillac design team utilizes innovative vertical lighting signatures to provide each vehicle with a distinguished presence. Bold lighting elements, such as the LED front signature headlamps, create a captivating look that both encapsulates the brand’s forward-thinking philosophy and sets each vehicle apart from any other on the road. Today, Cadillac remains the leader in expressive lighting innovation.

For decades, Cadillac has used vertical taillamp signatures to punctuate the lean and light profile of its vehicles. The first automotive tailfin lights were introduced by Cadillac designer Harley Earl on the 1948 Cadillac. Borrowing inspiration from the World War II fighter aircraft, the vertical tailfins would carry through the years as a signature Cadillac look.

Advancements in LED technology have allowed for the implementation of this signature feature to the front of the vehicle. The resulting crystalline LED headlamps embody an artistic integration of modern technology and establish a streamlined link between the front and rear of the vehicle. Cadillac lighting elements feature details that can only be discovered under close observation, such as vertically stacked crystal clusters and the meticulously engraved Cadillac signature script.

“The Cadillac signature light blades are an important part of where we’re taking the brand. You can tell from a mile down the road that this is a Cadillac.”
– Bob Boniface, Cadillac Exterior Design

The LED light signature of the first-ever XT5 expresses a harmonious balance of sophistication and refinement. In keeping with Cadillac’s full-length vertical lighting elements, it represents the highest innovation standards the brand has to offer.

An unmistakable look – The Public School design team uses a variety of detailing techniques to provide each garment with a distinguished look. These signature touches coincide with one another to establish an aesthetic that is unmistakably Public School.

Exaggerated proportions create the Public School aesthetic

The team begins with smaller details such as a flange—a textile flourish that creates dimension. Such elements help with proportion play and are techniques that surface throughout the entire collection. Larger details are introduced during the fitting process. Public School is known for layering cropped tops with longer ones to create a compelling contrast.

“Right now, we’re into full kimono sleeves that wrap around themselves, big silhouettes that tie at the waist, and pant cuffs that cinch at the opening.”
– Dao-Yi Chow, Public School

The Pre-Fall Collection departs from the modern accents of past Public School collections and introduces an array of nature-derived details. Examples can be seen in trims that are more reserved. Focusing on what’s readily available, the collection exchanges zippers and buckles with strap closures and cell fabric—natural extensions of the garment itself.

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