There are many different fashion weeks around the world and they all have different reputations, but the most prominent fashion weeks held in the fashion capitals of the world, the “big four” receiving the majority of press coverage being New York, London, Milan and Paris. This season’s Fashion week officially ended last month and it was a big hit because of it’s mix of new talent and big guns for Fashion Week A/W 2016/2017. Brands like Burberry delighted with a presentation of dramatic and intricately crafted sunglasses whilst other brands like Celina delivered with minimalist designs and over-sized shapes. Check out our highlights from this season’s fashion week.
London Fashion Week 2016
One of the grandest LFW shows ever, the designer revealed dazzling new range for the first time – a stunning series of sequinned, feathered and cut-out dresses. Simone Rocha sought out inspiration from Louise Bourgeois french artist and sculptor. It is evident that in all pieces, Rocha has experimented with the form and fall of fabric, and its effect. Ryan Lo’s acentric collection is full of pinks, purples and corals, influenced by films that the designer grew up watching as a child Indeed the models looked like beautiful Chinese cartoon characters: hair and makeup gave an overall “doll” feeling the the collection, complementing the floral garments with matching flowers in the hair. Organza, silk and fur fabrics built an array of fun and almost magical look. There could not have been a more perfect setting to showcase the unbelievably stunning collection from Ong-AojPairam. Rich, intricate styles, fit for a lady oozing with femininity and class. Embroidered floral applique, sheer sleeves, draped silks, feathered bottoms and accessorised with a sensational pair of metallic courts. Amanda Wakely‘s presentation was all very clean cut; minimal seams yet lashings of material, strong fabrics, and flattering to the body. For David Koma it was all about quick and easy style, with a little dash of sex. With dresses secured with push and click belts, and zips finishing just on the upper thigh you attention was most definitely pulled toward the fastening of the dresses. The Belstaff girl was an adventurous one this season. With a mix of leather, fur and shearling, the girls were structured by masculine shapes. Edeline Lee’s work is: art. You want to collect it. You want to keep it. Admire it. Show it off. There is an architectural elegance to it all that cannot be denied. Burberry’s show was aptly named Patchwork, Patterns and Prints, and what pretty prints they were. Katrantzou took us back to the 50s America, introducing leather shirts and pencil skirts, lace dresses, and coats with Mary’s signature prints- glittered hearts, coloured flames, and bright butterflies. Peter Pilotto has been known for its complex, digital style prints for a while now, but this season called for a clean slate.
Paris Fashion Week 2016
Designers like Paul & Joe took a more an edgier approach with ruffled chiffon dresses, in pink and black, that were paired with cravats and metal-chain shoulder bags. From a patterned tunic by Finnish design house Marimekko, to an oversized, floor length coat and a drawstring jacket – worn by Gigi Hadid – from Chanel, these quilted pieces work perfectly with your favourite jeans and comfy loafers.Stella McCartney Pleats, puffa jackets and whimsical swan prints exploded in a perfect storm at Stella McCartney. Valentino is at its best when it does romantic with a twist. On show was a pitch-perfect collection of dance inspired looks: ballerina-length dresses, reinterpreted ballet slippers and fluid silk jersey rollneck dresses that riffed on looks straight from the rehearalroom.The show of the season for many, DemnaGvasalia’s debut at the house has been much anticipated and he delivered on the hype. Ski jackets and quilted anoraks can expect a resurgence this winter thanks to the cropped styles in primary colours worn half unzipped and back off the shoulders. There was velvet-a-plenty at Paris Fashion Week, with designer’s like Roland Mouret showing a number of pieces sporting this strokable fabric. The designer’s signature, form fitting dresses were appliquéd with velvet flowers and geometric shapes, while a loose fitting velvet jumpsuit with lace sleeves was worn with peep-toed, lace-up boots. HediSlimane’s featured military-inspired pieces and showed a red wool military jacket in “Part 1” of Saint Laurent’s autumn/winter women’s collection. At Paris Fashion Week, polo necks were everywhere, from the catwalk – Paul & Joe, Valentino and Celine – to street style looks.
New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week is one of the most celebrated phenomena in New York City. Twice a year every year, it takes the island of Manhattan by storm, bringing with it a whirl of top designers, stylish celebrities, street style stars, and epic parties. Designers have decided to sing it with the slogans for Autumn Winter. DKNY gave us slouchy style with the words ‘Designers Know Nothing Yet’ whilst Alexander Wang gave us 90’s goth glam. It is likely that we all will be speaking our minds this winter. Starting with Taylor Swift’s squad, the it girls are making a major comeback. From Tommy Hilfiger’s GiGiHadid moment to DVF’s all-out party with Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, and more, fashion week was full of stars and their girl squads. Kanye West wanted to go big this year for the third collection of Yeezy and that he did. The location was Madison’s Square Gardens for the fashion show/listening party that lasted over 2 hours. With a huge host of celebrities in attendance, the rapper pulled off a showstopper. Despite the less than favourable reviews for the clothing, he did exactly what he hoped, he had people talking about the show for days. Lady Gaga walked the runway at Marc Jacob’s show to end New York Fashion Week. The singer surprised the crowd and stunned in a 70’s inspired look with extremely high boots. It is only a wonder how the singer and the rest of the models managed to navigate the runway in those clunky shoes.
Milan Fashion Week
This season Gucci was a riot of colour- and references as it has taken color blocking to a whole new level. Bubblegum pink, canary yellow and emerald green were the stars of the color spectrum, and when we say they were worn top-to-toe, we mean that literally. From the hats to the tights to the shoes, the new way to wear your favorite shade is all over, all at once. Not for the faint heart. Dolce and Gabbana’s AW16 show was a fashion fairy-tale if ever we’ve seen one. For AW16, the brand drew on those traditional fairy-tales immortalized by the all-American force that is Disney- carriages and all. For starters, the set was all dressed up to evoke the fondest memories of our favorite Disney princesses: Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Fendi’s Candy colored furs, yoked blouses and striped midi dresses were all particularly delicious. But most interesting part was, over-the-knee boots with the Insta-prolific street style set. Prada’s offering felt like intelligent dressing, but at the same time everything was highly desirable and will undoubtedly prove to have real commercial value. She makes it look so easy. Full, 50s skirts, slinky velvet dresses, an impressive array of outerwear, tough utility accessories worn with feminine frocks… this collection was a hard working wardrobe. Max Mara’s collection with a theme of 1920s Bauhaus, brought typically cove table outerwear; streamlined maxi coats and boxy camel jackets were both sensational. But beyond the coats was a slew of trouser suits that made us re-think our own dress addiction.