“Fashion is about suspense, surprise and fantasy. It’s not about rules.” – WOLFGANG JOOP. Here’s looking back at the fashion shows we’ve witnessed in the previous months which show us glimpses of what to expect in the months to come.
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
New York fashion week had an array of fashion shows which took place in five jam packed days. Versatility was seen in all the fashion shows.
Marc Jacobs took the cake according to me having fifty-nine uniquely designed eclectic looks. Batsheva brought in a panel of prairie styled dresses, emphasising the waist and had styles which focused on a clinched Silhouette. She had prints like bright zebra, polka dots and table cloth florals. Oscar De La Renta took inspiration from his Dominican Republic roots as his collection had Caribbean colour combinations and dreamy silhouettes which were clearly seen on his creations from embroidered moiré coats to whimsical ball gowns. On the Tommy Hilfiger show, models came out dancing and cheering! This collection had beautiful velvet tailoring, floppy hats, pussy bow blouses and bug eye sunglasses. Zendaya led the finale walk in a grey python suit. Prabal Gurung’s collection had sorbet hues, tie-dye prints and florals not only on clothes but also in the model’s hands filled with bouquets of fresh blooms. Tory Burch said his collection was inspired by the Princess of Wales – Diana. He had fabric roses pinned on the chiffon blouse, lady like coats and tweed jackets. Vaquera had a special essence of New York on the runway as his show started with “In loving memory of New York.” There were exaggerated bows, huge pearl strands paired with blazers and skirts with absurd proportions. Tom Ford decided to add a touch of sensuality to his collection, he had deeply hued duchess satin blazers, full skirts teamed with sporty jerseys and differently structured trousers which had a purposeful stride. Brandon Maxwell gave us denims to look out for which came in every fit and shape, paired with shirts and sweaters.
LONDON FASHION WEEK
London fashion week was all about creating fashion: creativity, revolution and business! The capital’s covetable collections were shaping up to be intensely glamorous in a very post millennial way. Roksanda opened the show with her SS20 collection dominated by sumptuous shades, voluminous ruffled dresses, smock dresses and zesty trench coats. Victoria Beckham was crowned London fashion week’s most influential brand. With the designer’s entire family in the front row, she increased the fashion quotient with a strange mix of colours. A sea of camel, creams and ivory were interrupted with jarring colour combinations of purple and green with brown.
“I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life,” said Beckham. The 70s inspired collection oozed sophistication. Richard Quinn had quite a statement to make with his theatrical shows, bubble gum pink carpet, big bold after dark dresses, puffball sleeves, latex bodysuits and of course the bevy of feathered school girls. There is no London fashion week without Burberry, what better way to celebrate the brand than having Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, The Gigi sisters and most of the top models sporting the famous beige and the trademark Mac!
London fashion week showcased some of the most creative fashion designers in the world and united a city-wide celebration of the creative industries.
PARIS FASHION WEEK
C’est-Fini! The Paris fashion week came to an end at the Louvre with a standing ovation for Louis Vuitton for the retro mix of colour and print in their collection. The Christian Dior line had signature midi skirts which were tie-dyed and shown pleated, baggy jeans worn with flower intarsia sweaters, while the evening dresses were intricately diaphanous. We spotted the seasons ‘it’ accessories too such as Dior’s bucket hat, Jacquemus’ barely there finger bags and so on. Giambattista Valli’s show at the Arts Decoratifs was adorned with beautiful Chantilly lace silhouettes and black velvet bows, all showcased with wild flower bouquets lining the runway. Loewe, Alexander McQueen kept the age-old lace, making one of its freshest trends, with a refined bohemian vibe. Issey Miyake had circular dresses that spun to twirling models! Oh! This artful dance party was worth watching! Chloe had a majority of one of the big trends: Short Suits. Lanvin had their audience sit in the rain drenched garden of Musee du Quai Branly. Structured silhouettes, cape back shorts and a stand out cocoon jacket were the highlights. Celine’s collection created an instantly desirable cool girl wardrobe. Waistcoats with pleated blouses, hippy blazers, silk scarves, embroidered culottes… almost all the pieces were wardrobe keepers. Paris makes you fall in love all over again and continues to inspire creativity along with all the glamour it’s known for.