Finally complete!! I put together my boards of all the best looks and trends at the London, Paris, Milan and New York Fashion week shows. After weeks of skimming through all the runway collections, here are the key trends to look out for next Fall. It may be a way away and we don’t really care about Fall since Spring is inching its way into our lives, but now that you have them on your screen why not be avant garde and try them out before September rolls around.
Renaissance Girl – Alessandro Michele is a mere 12 months into his position as creative director for Gucci and he’s causing quite a stir in the industry. I must admit that I was thrown for a loop last season when his collection came parading down the runway. It was a far cry from the “Gucci” that most were accustomed to. Gone was the Tom Ford “I am woman, hear me roar” aesthetic and the Frida Giannini feminine appeal. This season it’s 16th century meets thrift shop chic. With celebrities like Harry Styles and Alexa Chung sporting Gucci-wear, we’re sure to see more and more of it hitting the streets. I’m supposed to be talking about the jewelry – the mix of renaissance wear with oversize crystal earrings and four stone rings was the highlight of this collection for moi!
80s Overdose – Aaahhhh!!! What to say of Saint Laurent – bringing back the tacky 80s is not revolutionary fashion for me. Heidi Slimane went back into Yves Saint Laurent’s 80s runway shows and handpicked the styles, copied them and ran with it. Hopefully, this is the last season for him at this house. I know everyone loves him but last season’s 90s grunge and this season’s 80s cheesiness does not make a great designer. I’m sure you can all dig deep into your mother or grandmother’s jewelry boxes and find at least one piece from these photos!
Nouveau Punk – The punk look is still growing strong into Fall 2016. I’m a happy camper as I do love this rough around the edges looks.
Christian Dior’s (above left) earring party is edgy and so wearable. With Raf Simon’s exit at Dior, they still did not disappoint by keeping it young and haute.
Jeremy Scott’s creative direction at Moschino has put the label back on the map. Of course, as a fan of Franco Moschino, I’m underwhelmed by his over usage of every element of exaggeration. And the materials look cheap. Franco Moschino made a statement with every piece and he had fun with his clothes but he didn’t feel the need to display it all on each model. Once again, my p.o.v.!
Alexander Wang’s dog collar chokers and silver hardware donned models wearing Chanel-like tweeds. It was an eff-you to “proper” fashion.
Pop Art – (Emporio) Armani remained loyal to his 80s styling from last season. Let’s see if his attempt at capturing the attention of the younger generation will work. It coincides with his new museum displaying all his work from the 80s.
Mirror, Mirror – Dolce & Gabbana never bore me that’s for sure. This season was influenced by Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella with their bejewelled headbands, crystal encrusted bibs, vintage brooches, embroidered fairytale elements and their chandelier handbags. Their imagination is endless and I do love them for keeping us on our toes every season. It’s also refreshing to see them step away from Sicily and Spain.
Modern Dance – Last season it was all about the renaissance and this season it was all about flowing silhouettes in transparent fabrics. The sculptural and industrial hardware contrasted with the ballerina-like models floating down the runaway. “We always think fashion is cultural, not just about delivering clothes,” said Chiuri. “We want this show to be about living your moments, feeling each moment uniquely. I really love fashion. This job we do is a good opportunity to describe the time we’re in.”
Classic Chanel Girl – The 1000 ways to make TWEED relevant every season. I joke but Karl Lagerfeld is somewhat of a master in recreating this look every season. He brought back the classic Chanel layering of pearls and it works even today.
Vagabond Chic – Rodarte were the darlings of the Fall 2016/17 runway shows sending down mismatched fabrics translating into dreamy, almost magical outfits. The mix of lace, fur, leather and embroidered fabrics would look crazy if we attempted to put it together ourselves but they manage to make it look easy and impressive. Love the tassel earrings at DSquared – their looks screamed hobo chic with the mix of fur, lace, velvet, prints, denim and parkas. But, they made it work!
Go Big or Go Home – Whoever did jewelry this season, made a statement. These necklaces are oversize but hey, why not! I dare any one of you to wear that ceramic cat necklace and send me a photo! I will gladly mail you a gift as a reward for daring to wear!!
Statement Earrings – I was super ecstatic to see these lovelies in the Marni show. Every single girl wore oversize earrings, just like I like it!!! It’s safe to assume that the 80s are still going strong. May this trend stay forever and ever. I will make sure of that, for myself!!! #Go Big or Go Home, people!
Ring Party – Rings on every finger! Love! Just last week, I was out and this man er boy approached me and asked me the significance of all my rings (on every finger). At first I laughed because I thought he was joking. But he was serious. “It’s my style, baby!!” Confused, he replied, “Why? Why would you want to wear so many rings?” Go figure.
Lanvin is at the end of this post. It’s significant for me as they used to be one of my favourite brands under Alber Elbaz. Since his departure, I am not very impressed with their new look. Yes, I do love the statement earrings and chokers but they lack uniqueness or edge like he would create. Gone are the eagles and snakes and in is the generic crystal jewelry. I have high hopes for the new creative director. Or maybe, Alber will come out with own line!
So that’s it for Fall. I promise no more posts. From now on, all the posts will be about Spring and Summer – our favourite season’s of the year (at least, their mine). Leave me comments of what you think about next season’s wares, if you like!!