Fashion Week

The Next Insta-Girl

Kaia Gerber, the daughter of the iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford, made her fashion week debut this season. The fanfare surrounding her was inevitable and her buzz has been slowly brewing for months now, starting when she was just fifteen and culminating in a walk down the runway for Calvin Klein, hailing the beginning of Kaia’s reign as the newest Insta-Girl in town. Gerber has her mother’s beauty, a classic All-American look that was re-popularized by the likes of Gigi Hadid who has been playing the role of the quintessential Californian blonde for the past five years. For every runway that Gerber walked down, dozens of Instagram posts were spawned. Kaia Gerber’s name has populated every fashion news outlet since the beginning of September. Her face has been on almost every brand’s social media. Really, her debut is one of the biggest that we have ever seen from an Instagram model who tend to just do one or two shows a season and get all of the attention in a clickbait-like fashion – e.g. Kendall Jenner’s debut season where she walked for Marc Jacobs and generated headlines for weeks to come. Gerber walked for Marc Jacobs, along with Prada, Chanel, and Alexander Wang, to just name a few. This is impressive, but not at all unexpected given her lineage.

at Alexander Wang

Casting Director James Scully, most notable for shining light on Balenciaga’s poor casting practices last season, made some slightly contradictory comments about Gerber to WWD, saying that Gerber is getting many opportunities because she is such a beautiful girl, not because of her mother but later saying “lots of people who normally wouldn’t use a girl like her, they’re all using her. To be quite honest, Raf [Simons] wouldn’t use her. Half the shows she’s done, those people wouldn’t use her if she was just a beautiful girl off the street.”. He then adds “The thing about Kaia is…if Kaia were Kaia Gerber and she wasn’t Cindy’s daughter, I think the industry would be a lot meaner to her than they’re being”. The phenomenon of a nepotism model is nothing new in fashion, which is an industry based off of who you know. If Kaia’s debut season is anything to go by, she will be a supermodel before you know it. She is already being touted as one on Vogue’s YouTube account. It will be interesting to watch her star grow and to see the effect that it has on others in the industry afterwards. If Scully’s words are anything to go by, a new generation of “beautiful” girls are coming in where coolness is no longer a factor. He’s a name to trust and only time will tell if his prediction comes true.

Gerber’s surge into public consciousness coincides with the minor decline of the previous generation of Insta-Girls like the aforementioned Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin, who have all played a much less prominent role during the four fashion weeks than they ever have since their rise. Interestingly enough, it seems as if the previous generation are actively segueing down new avenues. The same thing happened when Jenner and Hadid became the top models – the previous troupe led by Cara Delevingne began to pursue different things, with Delevingne quitting modelling altogether to focus on acting.

So what will happen to the original Insta-Girl generation? Let’s look at the leaders of the pack. Gigi Hadid, having secured a lucrative and seemingly restrictive contract with Tommy Hilfiger, has taken a step back from the craziness of fashion month, choosing to walk in only a select few shows per city, skipping many of the major names that she is usually seen at. Instead she has been promoting the Tommy Hilfiger line which bears her name. During Milan Fashion Week, she was visiting Tommy Hilfiger’s Amsterdam HQ. Hadid’s line with Tommy has done wonders for the brand and has a high sell-through rate. The brand name is on the lips of teenagers across the world in a way that it hasn’t been since the 1990s. The demand for anything Gigi Hadid related is high, given her 35.9 million Instagram followers, many of whom have purchasing power that Tommy Hilfiger has chosen to tap into. As for Hadid, the collaboration with an iconic American brand gives her prestige, credibility, and a day-job besides modelling – an important asset when it comes to career longevity. In recent months, Hadid has also collaborated with Vogue Eyewear for a line of sunglasses and eyeglasses, in which she played a large role in the design process. Conversely, her sister, Bella, has chosen to attack this past fashion month with full force and shows no sign of an intent to slow down. Hailey Baldwin, crowned Maxim’s Sexiest Woman for 2017, is still modelling frequently, shooting editorials and campaigns left, right, and center. However, it also appears that she is looking to become a true household name via her new vocation as a television presenter. Baldwin has taken up the Chrissy-Teigen-on-Lip-Sync-Battle role on the new TBS show Drop the Mic, hosted by rapper Method Man. With this show being broadcast in the homes of millions of Americans, it is likely that Baldwin will reach an even broader audience than her Instagram allows her to and will perhaps lead to non-modelling opportunities like more television appearances and can help her build her own personal brand outside of the brands that she is already the face of. And as for Kendall Jenner, she has been lying low since the Pepsi debacle earlier this year, choosing a lingerie contract with La Perla over the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Jenner also spent most of fashion month outside of Europe, walking in only a handful of shows. Instead she remained in Los Angeles, where she and her family reside, in what seemed like a self-imposed exile. Judging by the coverage of her in comparison to this time last year, Kendall’s star is fading. Or could it be that she is simply being eclipsed by the breakout star of fashion month, Kaia Gerber? Kendall Jenner herself joked in Love Magazine earlier this year that everybody needed to get in all their work before Gerber turned 16 or they’ll all “go broke!”. It seems as though her joke may ring true.

Paris Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2018

I went into fashion month this time around feeling very disillusioned by it all. I was bored of the Instagram antics. I was sick of seeing all of the parties being discussed instead of the actual clothing. I was just over it, in general. Then something changed. Maybe the parties in the other cities aren’t as intense, maybe I just don’t follow the right people online. Regardless of the outcome, I feel that as fashion month progressed we did actually hear more about the clothes (and there have been quite a few really great shows this season too). Paris is the end of it all, the grand finale.

A very shiny coat from Kenzo.
Jacquemus is one of my favorite shows of fashion month. The next few looks are from him also.
None of this collection was entirely new. You could already get these clothes, or at least things very similar elsewhere, but for some reason, perhaps the styling, I just got a certain mood that I don’t get when I see similar styles elsewhere and it just charmed me.
I love the colors.
The drape of this top reminded me of a great dress that I wore on vacation last month.
Always here for a headscarf. Also, I love the liberal use of blush in this show. It makes me wish I had a tan so a little rouge on the cheeks would look glamorous instead of flustered on me.
A polka dot sarong is what we all need on vacation really.
This outfit feels very Yves, at Saint Laurent.
The boots! The romper! Yay! at Saint Laurent
This leather jacket is so awesome… c/o Saint Laurent.
I really like this entire look at Olivier Theyskens.
Very sexy at Theyskens.
Logomania at Lanvin?
Virgil Abloh’s best collection yet, in my opinion, at Off-White
I say yes to the dress (and one of my all time favorite models, Bianca Balti) at Off-White
I looooooove this entire look!! Very unexpected for Off-White.
Sophisticated tailoring at Off-White.
I love how the print of both the skirt and the boots is like an abstract floral, almost snakeskin. It looks super cool. This is from Chloé.
I am adoring everything that Julien Dossena does at Paco Rabanne. This dress is amazing. It’s paisley and chainmail all in one, with a cute and flirty silhouette. Yes!
More from Paco Rabanne. The asymmetry is cool and I am trying to work out if this is a dress or a long top over a skirt? Either way, I like the finished look.
Cute slogan shirt, sexy skirt, and a great boot. I feel like this is a modern woman’s uniform c/o Paco Rabanne.
This is the look of a Bond girl from the 1970s. She is the pretty sidekick who is a slight damsel in distress but still smart. Think Dr Goodhead from Moonraker. I love it. (Still Paco Rabbane.)
Balmain is entirely formulaic at this point but there’s always a couple of good looks per season. In this case, I like this dress on Bianca Balti.
I love the twist details on this crop top at Haider Ackermann.
This struck me as sexy Prada at Mugler.
Altuzarra was sorely missed in New York but really it was worth the wait in Paris.
You know the saying “she looks like a million dollars”? Well, in this case you can look like one-hundred thousand euros c/o Balenciaga.
Bill Gaytten is often overlooked at John Galliano, despite being his right-hand man for years. This dress would look fantastic on Angelina Jolie.
I liked Clare Waight Keller’s debut collection at Givenchy. It didn’t scream out Givenchy to me (perhaps because I am so used to Riccardo Tisci’s work that I am forgetting what else the house has ever looked like).
I like the combination of the various prints that were all so similar yet different, at Givenchy.
So gorgeous and romantic c/o Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. The hair here was very similar to the Vivienne Westwood show too.
This was a super cute dress from Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton. The Louis Vuitton show has lost so much of its buzz nowadays which is rather sad.

 

London Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2018

London Fashion Week is not normally my favorite fashion week out of the big four. My favorite show always tends to be Topshop, which, as a fast-fashion retailer, is not expected. I think there have been some major losses to London Fashion Week, the same way that New York has experienced an exodus this season, especially with Tom Ford choosing to return to America. His was a show that you could count on for glitz and glamour. Regardless of the losses, there were still a few great shows. Here are my favorite looks!

Topshop is always my favorite show of LFW. Here is an ultra-cozy looking coat.
Another great coat from Topshop. Also into the Madonna style lingerie underneath. This collection had a lot of late 80s influences which I dig.
Snake and satin layering at Topshop.
Snake leather coat too, yay! c/o Topshop again
Updated tuxedo dressing c/o Topshop.
A showgirl at Topshop.
Vintage Pucci vibes at Peter Pilotto.
A goddamn look at Chalayan.
Electric color and sharp suiting at Gareth Pugh.
I’m always here for liberal use of vinyl, c/o Gareth Pugh.
More snakeskin but with the famous Dapper Dan silhouette that Gucci copied… c/o Halpern
More Halpern
This will definitely get a red carpet moment c/o Ralph & Russo
Fluidity c/o Ralph & Russo
I’ve been noticing a hell of a lot of red boots in the shows, likely the Fendi effect (already copied by Zara). This look is Preen.
If you haven’t noticed red as the color of this season yet, Antonio Berardi is here to remind you.
Ruffles and blazer dressing at David Koma.
The prettiest blue color at Emilia Wickstead.
A red carpet worthy moment at Emilia Wickstead.
Julien Macdonald doing what he does best.
This reminded me of the dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, c/o Ashish.
Nakey nakey nakey at Ashish.
I love this shot from Victoria Victoria Beckham. The model reminds me a lot of a blogger who I used to follow about five years ago!

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2018

I’d like to start this by saying that I am so over New York Fashion Week and, as I write this, we are only halfway through. I’ve had this conversation with a few people already and I have come to the realization that fashion week, now more than ever, is just a spectacle and not at all reflective of the fashion industry as a whole. I am disappointed to see coverage on the shows focusing on the models or the afterparties instead of the clothes (often with zero mention of the actual designs), coming from actual media brands and magazines all the way down to microinfluencers on social media. It is now totally clear that fashion week is just a marketing vehicle, but who for? In my opinion, fashion week is about models and influencers building their brands even more than actual fashion brands. It is all about what shows people have attended (and sat front row, and snapchatted, and Instagrammed) and what model is going to be the newest socialite with the most followers online. It’s really sad to be honest. However, I think that actual buyers and people who attend the shows because it is their business to be there are still, obviously, working hard and are detached from the whole circus of it – Man Repeller actually published a good piece about the Alexander Wang show which I felt summed this up, sort of. This New York Times article was a fantastic take on this topic too. Anyway, I’m going to follow a similar format as I did last season and post images of looks that I particularly loved and also link you to some others. Let fashion month commence!

Rachel Zoe showed her collection before fashion week started in Los Angeles. I loved this print worn by both Zoe herself and Chrissy Teigen at the presentation. Funnily enough, I was sitting a couple of tables away from Zoe during her birthday dinner at Chateau Marmont the weekend before.
I love this look from Rachel Comey from head to toe. I want the earrings. Since interning at an e-commerce site I have a newfound appreciation for the brand as I’ve seen how well her products photograph and how they can be worn so easily in a woman’s daily life.
Rosetta Getty presented another collection which I can see future me wearing (like me as a 35 year old mom lol). I’m always a fan.
Rosetta Getty, again.
Tom Ford’s show was great because he was referencing himself at Gucci, and everyone in fashion looooooved Tom Ford for Gucci. I’m loving his brand more and more as time goes by. This orange coat looks amazing on the model’s skin tone too.
Tom Ford again, and Gigi looks great.
A look at Tom Ford.
I love this romper from Kendall + Kylie. Plus, shoutout to the model Bella Harris! I have shot with her before and she is such a sweetie and really beautiful.
Brock Collection was so romantic and pretty and felt very Spring.
Brock Collection again, giving me Dolce & Gabbana vibes.
I am always here for strappy dresses and matching belts!! Brock Collection, again.
I like this dress by Cinq a Sept. I always stop and look at their stuff in Bloomies.
I love the shape of the bra tops from Adam Selman. He did these in a couple of colors.
Cute, (almost) underwear dressing at Adam Selman.
So obsessed with this menswear look at Calvin Klein. I’d like to see A$AP Rocky in this.
Interesting effects at Calvin Klein.
So pretty but also like blotches of blood. American Horror Story at Calvin Klein.
Liya + Vinyl = Love, at Calvin Klein.
There were a lot of cool looks at Kith, not just for the hypebeasts.
I really loved all of the asymmetric dresses at Jason Wu. I hope this trickles down into fast-fashion.
My favorite look from the Jason Wu show.
I love the two different weights of polka dot in one dress, at Jason Wu.
Say yes to the ruching! At Jason Wu
I want this to add to my collection of black dresses, at Jason Wu.
An updated shirtdress (and the best / most wearable hair and make-up of fashion week) at Hellessy.
I love this color and the way the fabric sashays at Cushnie et Ochs.
Retro style with the matching belt and a super flattering cut at Brandon Maxwell.
I love this glamorous look on Romee Strijd (who I also love at the moment thanks to her vlogs) at Brandon Maxwell.
I love the tied up neck at Prabal Gurung.
The strongest Fenty X Puma collection yet.
Mid-2000s chic at Fenty x Puma.
Sexy with a twist at Fenty X Puma.
I loved too many looks from Alexander Wang to include them all. One thing I don’t like is the runway debut of Kaia Gerber this season (a 16 year old who posts the most risque photos on IG). Let kids be kids.
!!!!! at Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang does Chanel
Two shirts in one at Alexander Wang.
Anna Ewers looking very glam at Alexander Wang.
Marc Jacobs was actually so great this season. I looooove the turbans. So glamorous.
Another great look from Marc Jacobs.
My favorite look of NYFW in general, c/o Marc Jacobs.

Paris Fashion Week – Spring 2017

As I write this, fashion month has just ended. I can’t believe it is over already and I am slightly disappointed at myself for not keeping up to date. I’m just a little bit confused right now and am trying to work out what I actually want to do with myself in terms of a career. I always thought buying but now I’m starting to wonder about other options and if I’d enjoy them more. That, coupled with the fact that I’ve been super busy, is why I’ve been falling so behind this month.

The biggest story to come out of Paris was the Kim Kardashian armed robbery. Very fucked up and totally not ok. Regardless of what went down (inside job, 2 men vs 5 men), it was still an awful incident and I can only imagine how terrifying and traumatic it was. This has overshadowed fashion week, in my opinion.

Anyway, continuing with my lazy girl format of posts this season, I’m going to highlight my favourite looks from the shows. Next season I promise to do better!

Yohji Yamamoto
Yohji Yamamoto
Fenty X Puma
Fenty X Puma
Rochas
Rochas
Rochas
Rochas
Maison Margiela
Maison Margiela
Maison Margiela
Maison Margiela
Y/Project
Y/Project
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Chalayan
Chalayan
Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Chanel
Valentino
Valentino
Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci
Balenciaga
Balenciaga
Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Givenchy
Givenchy
Givenchy
Givenchy
Givenchy
Givenchy
Balmain
Balmain
Off-White
Off-White
Off-White
Off-White
Christian WIjnants
Christian WIjnants
Oliver Theyskens
Oliver Theyskens
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Miu Miu
Miu Miu
Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton

Milan Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2017

The same as with London, I am almost a week late in writing this post. I really have no excuses other than life has gotten in the way. I feel slightly disillusioned at the moment. I don’t know if it is because I’m now going to fashion school or if it’s because I’m living in New York and am exposed to this kind of thing on a daily basis, but fashion doesn’t excite me the same way that it normally does. Or more so fashion week doesn’t excite me. I’m sick of seeing images on Instagram and videos on Snapchat the second the show is done (and often during) and I’m even sicker of seeing the same damn celebrity models all the time (although Bella Hadid is truly an 11/10). I love the accessibility of fashion and without the internet I know I would be a complete outsider, but I feel like it is also backfiring a little bit as the change is constant and too quick and I often struggle to pay attention to everything that is happening and all the looks that are shown. When was the last time you seen something truly groundbreaking?

Anyway, I’m just going to post a few of my favourite looks from Milan and hopefully by the time Paris is over I’ll have something a little bit more constructive and meaningful to say. I’m just in a little bit of a funk right now unfortunately.

Alberta Ferretti
Alberta Ferretti
Jil Sander
Jil Sander
Jil Sander
Jil Sander
La Perla
La Perla
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Marni
Marni
Ermanno Scervino
Ermanno Scervino
Blumarine
Blumarine
Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta
Versace
Versace
Moschino
Moschino
Ports 1961
Ports 1961
Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett
Max Mara
Max Mara
Francesco Scognamiglio
Francesco Scognamiglio
Francesco Scognamiglio
Francesco Scognamiglio

And a show that I’m completely obsessed with: Prada!

Prada
Prada
Prada
Prada
Prada
Prada
Prada
Prada

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2017

It has been a crazy few weeks. This is one of the first posts that I’m actually writing in New York since I arrived here. For a quick update, I moved around 4 weeks ago now. I lived in dorms for two weeks then I decided to move out on my own and here I am in my own apartment now. Truly living the dream. Anyhow, I missed fashion week sign up because I was apartment hunting then signing a lease. I’m a little bit disappointed that I had to keep up to date with things just via the internet instead of being there to experience it myself, but hey there’s always fashion week again in February. FIT is great though as they help you get involved in a variety of shows. I have friends who did the Tommy Hilfiger rehearsal show and got to walk the runway to help them time the music and rides to the marks hit by the models. It sounded super cool.

It is very strange because this is the first time that I’ve ever been in the same city as fashion week when it was actually happening yet I felt very disconnected from it. The only show I streamed was Alexander Wang, I barely looked at the Vogue Runway app, and I even scrolled past a bunch of images on Instagram. I was very distracted with other things unfortunately. However, I’ve had a look through literally every collection available on Vogue Runway (I always have an urge to type style.com here) and here are my thoughts.

Brandon Maxwell

It is strange to think that a year ago Brandon Maxwell was just Lady Gaga’s stylist. He has come so far in such a short time. Think of all of the celebrities who have worn his designs recently: for example, Naomi Campbell at the VMAs (she wore two different looks). I really like what he does. His designs are slightly old Hollywood but feel modern. He uses all of my favourite fabrics (you know I die for silk and satin), he picks colours that I would pick, and he chooses shapes and silhouettes that I love. Basically, I think we have a similar aesthetic. It is nice to know that there’s another designer at fashion week whose show I can look forward to seeing. This season my favourite look would have to be the black pant suit with the silk, plunging top underneath. Super sexy. I also loved the second look, the white dress with the tiered, flouncy skirt.

Sally LaPointe

As I’ve said a million times on here before, I love Sally LaPointe. I want to dress like her woman. In fact, a lot of the time I already do. Her designs speak to me and I feel like they are made for me, which is what I’m always looking for when it comes to fashion week. I want to see pieces that feel very me. This season she did a lot of cool embellishments with beading and feathers, plus she had some cool corsetry that wasn’t too extreme for me to feel intimidated by. The only thing I didn’t like was the lace up pants but that’s something I’ve always hated, not just by her. I also liked how there was a little bit more daywear in this collection. For example, the floaty shorts that she showed in a few colourways could be worn during the day more casually, with a cotton t-shirt, or in the evening paired with the embellished tops as shown in the show. The look with the cropped khaki pants and the sheer blouse would also work during the day. Overall, a great collection from one of my true favourites. I hope her brand continues to grow.

Alexander Wang

As always, I livestreamed the Alexander Wang show. One day I’ll be there I hope but for now the livestream is almost as exciting. There was a lot of cool lingerie inspired pieces, hidden details like the floral linings on skirts, a fun soundtrack, and the afterparty looked dope. I didn’t like the neons but loved the lace up details, even though they weren’t entirely new. The surplice necklines were also appreciated as the whole robe style is my favourite look. I cannot count the amount of tops and dresses I own with this look because it looks sexy, even if you have small boobs. Once again Wang produced a commercial, sellable collection and that’s what I like about his brand. It’s accessible but still exclusive in a way. You feel cool wearing it.

Dion Lee

As soon as I spotted this collection I knew I had to mention it. It was one of the few collections this fashion week that stopped me scrolling and made me really look at it. Let me start this off by saying I have never seen any Dion Lee clothes in store so I have no idea what it really looks like. Based off the runway images, it is cool. However, I’d like to make an effort to see some in person so I’m going to research some New York based stockists. The first thing that struck me was the colours of the four opening looks. Beige. My favourite neutral. Couple the colour with another element that I love, belts, and I knew we were onto a winner.

And the rest…

As always, I adored Altuzarra, especially the snakeskin shirt dress. He also managed to make gingham look sexy once again. Only Joseph Altuzarra.

I loved Wes Gordon‘s lookbook. It was cool seeing places that I’ve actually been used as the locations for the shots. Also, the clothes were super pretty and very me. I can see myself in a lot of the pieces, unmodified, and that’s rather rare when it comes to “fashion week” clothing.

Narciso Rodriguez is a brand that I don’t think gets nearly enough hype. Every single season he produces a collection of beautiful, streamlined, wearable pieces that I can imagine a lot of people wearing. I’d love to know how well the line sells as I can imagine it being the unassuming kind of designer goods that wealthy people actually buy. This silver fluid slip is to die for.

This J Mendel dress deserves a red carpet moment. 

I would love this dress (or the Zara copy, let’s be honest) from Carolina Herrera because it makes me think of something Grace Kelly would’ve worn back in the 50s. Very Hitchcock but less restrictive. I love anything with a matching belt.

I expect to see this Proenza Schouler look on many magazines covers/in editorials next Spring. It’s very striking.

I found a few items in the Yeezy show kinda cool, but I think that may be because I was still on a high from his concert when I seen the show images. I stood in line for an hour for a t-shirt. I sipped the Kool-Aid.

I am obsessed with these two dresses (i & ii) from Brock Collection. No furs this season but still a collection that I enjoyed.

Hellessy’s interpretation of the off-the-shoulder trend was the best I’ve seen.

Area always have the coolest lookbooks. I think it’s the lighting that does it. I don’t even need a show from them because their lookbooks highlight the product even more effectively I think.

I really liked Oscar de la Renta this season then I found out that it was the designers from Monse who did the show. It all makes sense now, especially given that when I seen Monse my initial thoughts were favourite show so far. It is definitely a brand to keep an eye on over the coming seasons.

Jonathan Saunders’ first collection for Diane von Furstenberg was interesting. I found the shapes more youthful than usual. It was cool but still DVF. I especially liked the two tone wrap dress with the toffee and the black and white stripes. Very cool.

Milan Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2016

As with London, I’m a little late in writing this for Milan. I have been so busy over the past week or so that I haven’t had the time to even think about fashion week. I see a constant stream of images on Instagram so I know what has been going on but I’m not totally in the loop. It doesn’t help that I just started my Netflix free trial and have become hooked on Suits. Anyway, on to fashion week:

Prada

Firstly, I liked the sailor hats. They were a fun touch and I can definitely imagine some girls wearing them. I’m not sure if any of you have watched her videos but there’s a Youtuber named Sammi Quinn who I think would definitely wear one and look great whilst doing so. Apart from that, I had to dissect every look piece by piece. I find that’s what I have to do with Prada’s shows to see anything in them. The runway looks are always too much at once for me and I need to imagine what the clothes would be like on a rack. For that reason, I loved the coats with the fur trims, especially the leather one pictured above and the hybrid fur sleeve deal (I love the mix of fabrics, just like Sally LaPointe’s fur sleeved sweaters). I also really liked the printed shirts (one is worn in the look with the aforementioned coat) and the patterned long coats. Overall, lots of pieces that I’d buy if I were rich and needing a lot of new, non-basic clothes. It was just a really good collection.

Versace

I really loved the colour scheme at Versace. The black, blues, and salmon pink was fun and pulled the collection together. The knit jumper worn by Natasha Poly stood out to me because it was just so un-Versace in my mind, yet it worked. Outerwear is my favourite type of clothing, both to look at and to shop for and I think there were a few coats in this collection worth a second look – namely the navy with leather lapels worn by Adriana Lima and the bright pink one worn by Imaan Hammam (I adore her). The accessories were strong in this collection as well. Versace is not a brand I’d ever think of for a handbag but perhaps I should open my mind a bit more.

Agnona

To be completely honest, I don’t know very much about this brand. I clicked on the thumbnail because I liked the look of it and ended up liking almost every look in the collection. I am all about elevated basics. I’m here for practicality. I know that can sound terribly boring but I’d rather splurge on something I know I can wear for years to come than a trend piece that you’re better off buying at Topshop. The soft, slightly muted colours were divine and the clothes all looked very soft and feminine. Some looks played with proportions, for example the red look pictured above with the wide sleeves, whereas others were tight and cinched in at the waist. I don’t know about you but I can see a lot of pieces that could be a lot of use to me. That’s what excites me about fashion. Clothes are made to be worn!

Jil Sander

Another collection that I suppose fits in with the minimalist movement. I think you’re either in one camp or another. Maximalists will have enjoyed Gucci, Minimalists will enjoy Jil Sander, some people love both. The white coat with the black buttons reminded me of a doctors outfit but cooler, hence why I liked that. The collection had quite a cool, oversized vibe to it and I love that. I once read about how costume designers used to give Joan Crawford shoulder pads because her shoulders were naturally wide and this collection made me think of that story. She was not afraid to make herself boxier and in the Kardashian, body-con era that we are now in, I think it’s important to remember that slouchy and oversized is fine too. Honestly, I wear both.

And the rest…

I loved the furs at Blumarine, especially the blue oversized one that was the opening look and the long brown one later on.

The embellishments on this golden dress at Ermanno Scervino were so beautiful. I want to see Selena Gomez in this. Also, is that a mini cross body bag or part of the dress? I haven’t managed to see a video yet to see it in motion.

As usual, it was the coats that I liked at Max Mara. This time I especially liked the colour-blocked one and the herringbone one with the matching top.

Turquoise and peach was a colour scheme that ran through the Fendi show, similar to that of Versace. I loved how elegant Julia Nobis looks in this look and how cool Imaan Hammam looks here (I love the stole). However, if I were to buy anything from the collection it would definitely be this coat with a furry collar and trimmings.

London Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2016

I’m looking at all the London shows a little bit late. I fell behind on New York and spent so long doing other things that I didn’t catch up until 2 days in to London. If I can’t keep up and I’m not even there, how on earth do people manage the entire month in person? Madness.

London is a week that I don’t mind not paying full attention to because I don’t have any of my favourite designers showing there. I quite often see looks that I like or pieces but not full collections. I find it more difficult to list entire collections like I usually do with the other three cities, hence why the “And the rest…” list is a lot longer. I suggest clicking through the links if you’re interested. It’s just straight to the shots from Vogue Runway. I find it easier to link it that way than to include every single image or this post would never end! There’s not a brand that shows in London that particularly resonates with me and makes me want to wear the clothes every day, apart from perhaps Barbara Casasola. However, I am often surprised with what I like in London. It’s not as predictable as other fashion weeks.

Gareth Pugh

As of the 21st, Gareth Pugh is the only show that has made me stop and pay attention. I’m so impressed by the entire collection. It struck me as a mix of Alexander McQueen, Edith Head’s costumes for Hitchcock’s films, and Dior’s New Look. The shoulders were exaggerated, the waists were waspy, and the construction was superb. Everything looked so expensive, minus the star spangled pants. I want the Prince of Wales check (or is it houndstooth?) skirt suit, very retro and 1950s. He brought the drama to London that just reminded me of McQueen’s take on glamour.

Barbara Casasola 

As I said before, Barbara Casasola is one of the brands in London that I actually truly like, although I’ve never actually seen any of her clothes in person. Just looking at the designer taking her bow, she looks so chic in a minimal, effortless way. I think that’s the entire aesthetic of her brand. The overall vibe of this collection reminded me of early Prada or 90s Helmut Lang (the colour palette particularly). It was very undone, relaxed, I-rushed-out-the-door-in-the-morning, and I think it worked.

Alexander McQueen

I can truly say I love Sarah Burton’s collection. This is the first one that she has designed that I’ve been 100% sold on. There was leather, there was fur, there were embellishments aplenty, and to top it all off, most of the clothes were wearable. You can imagine that most of the pieces will be retailed without too many modifications which is nice considering often what you see on the McQueen runway is miles from what you see in stores. There were some pieces that I felt were slightly Riccardo Tisci (who cares, I adore him anyway) but overall I really thought it was a strong collection. It was slightly whimsical and romantic yet tough and cool. The juxtaposition of the metal hardware and the tulle was fun. It will be sad if the rumours about Burton’s departure are true (I personally don’t think they are, but what do I know?) but if they are at least she will go out on such a high.

And the rest…

I’m glad that David Koma’s clothes are beginning to get more attention. Celebrities are wearing his stuff, often Kardashian-Jenners but that exposure is valuable. This season I loved this dress (he does a mini so well) and this coat. Outerwear is not what I expect from him but I really liked it.

The snakeskin trench coat at Burberry was fun (I’m always for a trench coat).

I love these two (i & ii) looks at Christopher Kane, an art print on clothing pokes fun at the question “is fashion art?”.

The final look at J. JS Lee was strong, as were the coats.

Felder Felder plays up to my glam rock needs. This collection was slightly Hedi for Saint Laurent but I still liked many elements of it. For example, the blue print on the crinkled skirt and also the fingerless gloves – some of the best wear them like Karl Lagerfeld & Madonna.

I wish they’d styled this look at Eudon Choi without the shirt underneath. I love a knit-on-knit look.

I liked this dress at Julian Macdonald but it looks almost identical to a design of his that Kourtney Kardashian wore a month or so ago. I found the rest of the collection a little derivative of himself, Versace, and Roberto Cavalli.

This coat at Topshop Unique looked so cosy, although I wish they’d fully lined it in fur instead of quilting.

Knitwear is what Pringle of Scotland is known for. This season I liked this dress (spaghetti strap dresses are always useful for layering, especially on top of a thinner sweater) and this coat in particular.

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2016

It is fashion month again, can you believe it? I am constantly filled with the desire for something new, a thirst that cannot be quenched, and the speed of fashion doesn’t help this. It has me feeling the need to buy new things all the time. The new season has rolled around so quickly this time. I think because there has been so much talk of changing the fashion calendar with a few designers not even showing this season. Instead they are choosing to wait until September to show their fall collections, in time for them going into stores. I shared a post about this concept a couple of months ago when it was just theoretical but now the changes are beginning to take shape. I can only wonder how much longer the current system will last, if more designers will shift to the new way, and how the new way will work out for retailers and press alike.

As always, New York comes first. It has got me very excited to think that next time it is Fashion Week in the city, I’ll also be there. Maybe I can volunteer? Or just awkwardly hang around outside the venue? What do people even do about that? Anyway, I’ll continue writing about this season in the format that I’ve been doing for a few years now (see the Fashion Week tab in the header). I’ll try not to discuss the things that I didn’t like because that seems like a waste of time. Let us begin!

Alexander Wang

I am on such an Alexander Wang high at the moment, it’s getting dangerous. All I want to do is buy his clothes. I want to be a part of the badass, downtown cool that I am so far from. This season was no different. Firstly, I will be getting myself a pair of the slogan tights, no matter what. I found them fun. I also smirked both when I seen the mohair coat with the marijuana leaf print and also the pole dancer motif. Only Alexander Wang could show these and make people actually want them. Moving on from that, his edgier take on the classic tweed suit, made famous by Chanel, was actually fun. The leather and metal hardware added a fun twist, and this combined with the shorter skirt length made it something that a young person would actually want to wear. My favourite look of the entire show, however, was the pleated black dress with the leather accents. Also, honourable mention to the studded booties. I thought I was so done with studs but I found myself in love with these.

Sally LaPointe

Sally is my favourite young designer. Her brand is so young – Spring 2013 was her first season – yet I think she knows exactly who her woman is and what they’d like to wear. There’s a touch of fur, some cosy knitwear, and some draped, often asymmetrical skirts and dresses. And it’s fairly expensive. Sally makes the kind of clothes that I want to wear. I feel that you could create an entire wardrobe with her clothes, a little bit of Rosetta Getty, and some more pieces from The Row – a cosy, capsule wardrobe. I think these brands have slightly similar aesthetics and would work well with each other. As usual, I am wild for the fur sweaters: surely they’re the best-selling piece. I also loved the added glitz in this collection and the feathers. I am so for feathers.

Altuzarra

If there’s a designer who I can count on to make clothes that I love every single season, it’s Joseph Altuzarra. I think his brand is my current favourite because in each collection I see so many pieces that I want to incorporate into my own wardrobe. I find his way of dressing women inspiring. Where Alexander Wang plays up to my cool fantasies, Altuzarra plays up to my sexy fantasies. I’m neither of the aforementioned adjectives but I feel like if I wore Altuzarra I wouldn’t feel like a fraud. In fact, maybe it would give me the confidence to be sexy. I think a skirt of his needs to be my next big purchase. As usual, in this collection there were slits-a-plenty, with thigh bearing skirts and dresses. However, the skin was contrasted with cosy knits and shearling jackets. The collection was more pattern-heavy than I expected but I think the more delicate ones worked best, like the tiny little flowers on this coat. I’m not a fan of paisley but I think it worked in many pieces here, especially since Lou Lou de la Falaise was cited as an inspiration – the print is synonymous with her in my mind.

The Row

Trust Mary Kate and Ashley to turn out yet another brilliant collection for their brand. They have transcended the label of celebrity designer because they have been consistently good at making truly luxurious clothes that people want to buy, and believe me their pieces would be considered a splurge for most of us. I wonder exactly how much involvement they have with the brand on a day-to-day basis, especially as they have Elizabeth + James as well, a brand known for its fun furs. I loved the minimalism in this collection as it shows that it doesn’t have to mean boring. There were discreet but interesting details on many of the pieces, like the fact that from afar this dress looked like it was fringed but it was in fact ruched. I’m also obsessed with this coat, a classic piece worth the investment.

And the rest…

Christian Siriano had some nice dresses and braided knitwear. I actually really liked the one-sleeved dresses which surprised me because I’ve always thought that style was so ridiculous.

ZAC Zac Posen had a fun deer print which I loved, although there wasn’t much of it in the lookbook. However, he showed more of the collection on his Instagram, along with debuting a I heart Zac sweater which I would like, I must admit. For his mainline show, Zac Posen gained a lot of attention for his stellar, diverse model casting. It is sad that it has to be a big talking point when a designer actually used models of colour in their show, however. In this collection there were very few pieces that I’d have identified as traditional Zac Posen – where’s the ball gowns? – but I adored the lighter-weight, black dresses with many layers like these ones (a, b, c).

I found myself really liking Brock Collection again, although I’d like to know more about the brand. What is their price point? Who is their customer? I did like the whole deformalisation of fur because I love incorportating fur into casual looks. For example, I loved this furry, almost dressing gown paired with denim. Anything belted and cosy looking is for me.

Gigi Hadid looked really good in the opening look at Tommy Hilfiger.

Both Protagonist and Trademark are making clothes which I’d actually want to wear and buy. This is one of my favourite things about New York designers, they don’t shy away from the everyday.

I loved the almost liquid slips and the ruffles at Cushnie et Ochs, a brand that I do look forward to seeing each season. Although satin is a fabric they often use, I found that it didn’t photograph brilliantly this season, looking slightly too shiny in some shots. I think some of the blouses will look better in person. I’m predicting a red carpet moment for this gown and this one too. Edit – I wrote this before Selena wore the dress to the Grammy’s (and kiiiiilled it!).

Jason Wu produced another quintessential Jason Wu collection: beautiful and expensive looking clothes for ladies with beautiful and expensive taste. I loved the looks with the feathers, so glam. I’ll take this dress for the evening and then combine these two (i & ii) for an elevated everyday look.

Ryan Roche made another collection of beautiful, cosy knitwear – her speciality – which are perfect for the chilly temperatures in New York.

This Marchesa dress is screaming to be worn at the Oscars.

I loved the curves at Boss, particularly in this look.