Fashion week (ahem, month) is officially over with Paris bringing up the rear and as the old saying goes, the best was saved for last! Classic designers like Louis Vuitton, Celine, Chanel, and Valentino showcased updated themes that are recognizable from their respective brands. But what impressed me the most were the industry’s elite like Rochas and Stella McCartney who both elicited great tailoring and silhouettes in thicker fabrics that are just begging to grace a woman’s body in the colder months. On the runways, there were so many trends to take note of: ladylike bows around the neck, color blocking, huge pockets, super long sleeves, and sleeveless coats. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at a few of the best scenes that closed out the fall/winter 2015 season!
Oversized knit sweaters, A-line midi skirts, and silk crepe dresses grazed the runway at Valentino; but the gowns stole the show (especially the striped number depicted below). I know what you’re thinking: it’s just a striped dress. But seriously, it’s not just a striped dress. It is THE most perfectly striped dress I have EVER seen. And if the clothing weren’t good enough, guest appearances by Derek Zoolander and Hansel pretty much iced the cake at the finale.
Ever since the departure of Phoebe Philo (now at Celine), I have not been as excited about the collections from Chloe. But as Fleetwood Mac filled the show with it’s music, creative director Clare Keller proved herself with a new look of “the confident woman” with the brand’s fall/winter collection. Tailored military coats, feminine blouses, and wool trousers- all masculine but with fluidity only a woman can master.
Being not too familiar with this brand, I was pleasantly surprised and asked myself why had I not familiarized myself before now?! The monochromatic looks, the leather with lace paneling, the multicolored furs- this collection was rock and roll chic but with a ladylike twist. Army green, black, red, and teal colors reigned supreme and a kaleidoscope print never looked so better in a fitted dress.
For a 90 year old brand, Alessandro Dell’Acqua “Swallows” theme had a vintage appeal that somehow managed to look fresh and modern. The 1930’s bird motif printed on silk dresses and embroidered on coats were reborn with waist cinching belts. Retro cocktail dresses, bows tied at the neck, and fur pockets detailed the designer’s 3rd collection.
“Effortless chic” should be the brand’s mission statement. Handkerchief hems on coats and sweaters, paper-bag waisted pants, wrapped jackets, and twisted pearl necklaces all manifested that “cool” vibe that every girl would love to be able to pull off.