In Case You Missed It // Standout Shows from Paris Fashion Week

After several weeks of pretty obsessively consuming fashion week news, I was starting to feel a little uninterested towards Paris Fashion Week. I was pretty sure I had seen all the statements that could be made this year, but the Paris designers made it clear that there was still a lot more to be excited about. I thought these following collections were absolute standouts in vision and innovation.  

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I think former Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia's debut collection for Balenciaga brought a new air of excitement to the brand. With a little bit of everything- off-the-shoulder puffer jackets, giant glasses chains, stirrup pants worn over the shoe, and even candy cane prints- it is a bit overwhelming, but in the best way. It's exciting, innovative, and as Vogue referred to the collection, "spectacular" and "sensational."

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There has been speculation that Karl Lagerfeld's presentation, a complete retrospective of past Chanel shows, may be a sign that he is stepping down as Creative Director. His sweeping homage to the brand is clear in the obvious nods to Coco, with the layered jewelry, impeccably coordinated accessories, and the multitude of tweed separates, particularly the gorgeous deconstructed tweed skirts. And while it does seem the perfect full-circle note to end on, it's entirely possible that the 82-year old (who claims he will never retire) was just showing a sense of humor regarding the rumors. Either way, this show served as another reminder of the power and importance the Lagerfeld/Chanel legacy.

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Loewe was the show that perhaps made me feel the most happy. The handkerchief hem skirts, the bold statement jewelry (which included large cat face pendants), the bustiers acting as belts, etc. all worked to create something that seems very grown-up, very polished, yet still has plenty of ease. Graceful is the word that comes to mind.

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If the Dries Van Noten girls were the cast of some dark and glamorous film, I would watch it over and over. Inspired by the affair of Marchesa Luisa Casati and the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, the look was rich in textures and moody in palette, offset by charming pearl embellishments. Standouts for me include the faux-fur collars and feathered ruffs, the sculptural heeled footwear, and the various ways that both classic prep uniform/varsity wear and pajama dressing were incorporated.

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Nicolas Ghesquière's collection for Louis Vuitton was among the most highly acclaimed shows of the season. There are more than a few references to the fashion house's past, with 90s-era slip dresses, luggage-inspired bags, and trenches that are truly innovative in silhouette. Elements that I was most excited about include the sturdy combat boots (especially the silver ones), the patent leather pants, and the t-shirt sleeved dresses and tops.

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More worth checking out...

All serene at Cèline.

Poetry in fashion at Chloé.

The coolest girls at Elie Saab.

The bejeweled tapestries at Mui Mui.

The latest in sleeves at Roland Mouret.

Beautiful savages at Maison Margiela.

My heart skipped a beat for the prints and fabrics at Stella McCartney.

Ballet-inspired layers at Valentino.

Saint Laurent part two, the couture collection. Tell me these looks don't take you back to when Brenda and Kelly wore the same prom dress on 90210.

 

What collections were your favorite this season?

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In Case You Missed It // FW 16 New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has come and gone and, in case you weren't keeping up with all the action, I wanted to give a quick review of some of the shows that I think are real standouts.

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Saint Laurent's Los Angeles show had a unisex 60s-70s glam rock vibe with that was inspired by Creative Director Hedi Slimane's love of music. Trends to note: skinny scarves, midi skirts, bell sleeves, turtlenecks, heavy sequined embroidery, and gold metallic boots.

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First of all, the beams of rainbow candles at Rosie Assoulin alone have me hooked. Add in her signature volume, asymmetry, and other, as the designer puts it, "vignettes of things I like," and you've got a collection that seems remarkably current. Trends to note:  a one-sleeved cable knit sweater, head-to-toe monochrome, tiered ruffles, velvet chokers, pajama suiting, and glitter eye shadow.

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Delpozo creative director, Josep Font, is a master of dramatic architecture and bold color mixing and his 2016 showing is a mix of futurism and romanticism that sets my heart aflutter.  Trends to note: belted coccoon jackets, pleated crepe pants, jewel tones mixed with pastels, embellished opera gloves, and pointed-toe platforms.

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 Standout-Shows-from-NYFW-FW-16-Tommy-Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger knows how to host a theme party, and this season's nautical spectacle was said to be the grandest of theatrics, complete with an actual ship, the T.H. Atlantic. The effect was a little Olive Oyl, a little Sgt. Pepper, and whole lot of quirky maximalism. Trends to note: military details, varsity jackets, 40s-era dresses, ruffled socks, and nautical conversation prints.

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Not to disrespect any personal opinions here, but whether or not you "like" the Fall 2016 Marc Jacobs collection is kind of irrelevant. The real matter of importance is that it was a show. In mostly black and featuring Lady Gaga as a surprise model, the show referenced a lot of Jacobs' greatest hits in a new and exciting way. Trends to note: black and white everything, doily peter pan collars, platform boots, graphic sweatshirts, and black lipstick.

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A few more worth checking out:

The macabre romance at Rodarte.

Plaid meets sex appeal at Victoria Beckham.

The pieces you will obsess over at Rachel Zoe.

Ladylike edge at Prabal Gurung.

The liquid gold finale pieces at Ralph Lauren.

Tracksuits and other things that should be on your radar at Rag & Bone.

A finger in the air to "standard definitions of beauty and taste" at Alexander Wang.

And the always innovative styling at J. Crew.

 

Stay tuned this week for ways to incorporate some of the biggest fall trends into your wardrobe now. And London Fashion Week is happening as you're reading this, so I'll have another wrap-up coming your way at the end of the week.

 

What were your favorite shows from Fashion Week?

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