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Fashion Month – Fall 2017

I’ve been really terrible at blogging for the entire month of February. I have a zillion drafts saved with various titles about events that happened throughout the month, yet I have no desire to write about them now because it’s just too late. Like, aren’t we all over New York Fashion Week? Hasn’t the shock of Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy departure worn off? I feel like instead of typing out my thoughts on these events, I’ve discussed them in person, either with my friends or in school. That being said, I’ve kept a long-running note on my Macbook with various observations that I’ve made throughout fashion month so instead of breaking my posts up by city, I’m just going to put it all in one post in a rambling post. I hope you enjoy!

NEW YORK

Ok, so the exciting thing about New York Fashion Week was the fact that Raf Simons was back. Even though he had only been gone for such a small period of time, it seemed like an eternity in fashion when everything moves so quickly and a few seasons feels like 4 years. I personally liked his debut ready-to-wear collection for Calvin Klein, especially the transparent plastic over the trench coats (reminded me of the Doom Generation which I was obsessed with when I was fifteen) and the heavy focus on outerwear. However, I can see that the #mycalvins will be a thing of the past and that sucks but the Moonlight cast underwear ads are incredible so we’re all good. Alexander Wang was another show that I really liked, especially these two looks (a and b), and the venue was cool. The long leather coats at The Row were super cool. I loved this suit at Jason Wu. A theme I noticed throughout NYFW was grey blazers, in some form of check. This made me mad at myself because I used to own the most perfect vintage Ralph Lauren one a few years ago but I gave it to charity because I rarely wore it. Big mistake. I normally love Area’s lookbooks but they moved to a show format this season which was kind of sad actually but it does show growth for the brand. I’m obsessed with this coat from Proenza Schouler. Anything that combines vinyl-looking leather and fur/shearing, I’m onboard with. Narciso Rodriguez’s collection was very much how I wish I dressed on a day-to-day basis.

Alexander Wang

LONDON

By the time London Fashion Week rolled around, I was in LA. During that time I barely touched my phone for social media or email purposes. I just used the Maps app for directions.

MILAN

I didn’t like the runway at Gucci because I think it was too distracting for the actual showgoers, plus there were too many looks. The standout ones were a, b, and c – I’m so happy about the return of snakeskin boots. The colors at Max Mara were perfect. Honestly everything about that show just looked so good. The styling was sublime. I was so into the red boots at Fendi. I want a pair already, it was an instant sale (if only I could afford them). This coat at Prada is to die for. The dry-cleaning theme at Moschino was hilarious, they even put a wire hanger in the model’s hair.

Prada

PARIS

This dress at Jacquemus is so beautiful, it reminded me of vintage Chanel with a twist. This brand has the best IG. I love the new Saint Laurent, even if it’s just 80s redone. I’m so desperate for a pair of the logo earrings. From this collection I loved the sparkling mini dresses (a and b), the latter of the pair being a better version of the one I wore on New Years. Surprisingly I found myself liking a lot of looks at Off-White. I say surprisingly because although I like Virgil Abloh and admire his work ethic, I have never been the biggest fan of his clothes. However, this collection was interesting to me, even though it was entitled “Nothing New” I thought it was different for him. I want to wear this look, but I also like a, b, and c. This coat at Mugler was 80s power shoulders to the max and I thought it was so fun. Balenciaga was actually interesting to me. Normally I’m not a big fan of Demna Gvasalia but this collection was great, particularly a, b, and c. It was sad to see a Givenchy collection without Riccardo Tisci (I wasn’t ready for his departure to be a real thing) but I do like how they directly referenced pieces from his tenure. It was a nice tribute. Louis Vuitton rented out the Louvre for the show and honestly this is an instance where the design standard matched the location. I loved it. In particular, a and b.

Off-White

Chanel – A/W RTW 2013

Chanel is one of the brands that everybody knows, everybody has heard of and everybody has some level of respect for. When I was really little the brands I had heard of were Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL and Dior. They were the only brands I had heard of because they are known all over the world. I come from a household where nobody really cares about fashion yet everyone still knows of them purely because they are household names. Since I was about 9 years old I decided I wanted to own a quilted Chanel handbag (you must know the type I mean), maybe one day I will.

Chanel are lucky enough to have one of the best and most respected designers ever to live as their head designer and have done for decades. I have the utmost respect for Karl Lagerfeld. The man is a genius, creatively and ,from what I understand, as a person as well. Every season there is some form of talk about if this will be Karl’s last collection, who will be his successor, if he has lost his creativity – quite frankly it makes me sad. I cannot and do not want to imagine a world without Karl designing. Yes, he may still have Fendi if he doesn’t have Chanel but really, Chanel without Karl just doesn’t seem right. I associate Karl with Chanel more than I associate Coco herself! I often ponder as to who Karl’s successor may be and still, I have no clue. I can’t think of a single soul who can do for Chanel what Karl has done over the years.

Karl as a person seems to cause much debate for people but should his personality really effect the clothing and people’s opinions of it? Personally, I love how he is outspoken. Some of his views are a little off but in general I think he’s quite witty. To quote the man himself, “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”  In the eyes of Karl, the majority of the population of the UK and USA and probably a whole lot more countries have, in his eyes, lost control of their lives. To me it is utterly hilarious. Another reason to love him..

For the past few years I have seen so many people saying they care more about the set of the show rather than the collection itself. To some extent I agree, some of the collections have been slightly underwhelming recently and in contrast some of the sets have been incredible masterpieces in themselves. For example, there was the set with the carousel back in Fall 2008 or the big barn of Spring 2010, all beautiful and exciting sets that slightly distracted from the collections but contributed to the show on the whole.

I seem to have backtracked from the main point of this post, that point being Chanel’s Fall 2013 collection. I wasn’t 100% in love with this collection but I definitely did like it. There was the usual that was expected from a Chanel collection – tweeds, two piece suits, the classic silhouettes – but there was also something dark and something slightly edgy about the collection. I was so in love with the colours used. There were a whopping 80 looks in this collection and while some were dull, others were stunning. I suppose it must be difficult to create 80 looks all at once. Karl has a crazy huge workload, I really don’t know how he does it again and again, he always delivers.

I absolutely adored..

I like the fabric and the bubble sleeves.
I like the fabric and the bubble sleeves.
I absolutely love the shape and the multiple layers on the dress. Beautifully fitted too.
I absolutely love the shape and the multiple layers on the dress. Beautifully fitted too.
I adore the colour, the collar on the jacket and I would love love love to have the skirt in my life.
I adore the colour, the collar on the jacket and I would love love love to have the skirt in my life.
Amazing 3D flowers on this, looks so incredible.
Amazing 3D flowers on this, looks so incredible.
I love the slightly slouchy fit of the coat and how it is longer at the sides than the front. Also, I've decided that Soo Joo Park is definitely my favourite model of this season.
I love the slightly slouchy fit of the coat and how it is longer at the sides than the front. Also, I’ve decided that Soo Joo Park is definitely my favourite model of this season.
This gave me feelings of medieval queens. Idk.
This gave me feelings of medieval queens. Idk.

I liked but wasn’t blown away by..

Pretty as fuck.
Pretty as fuck.
I liked the sheer everywhere and the pleats on the skirt section.
I liked the sheer everywhere and the pleats on the skirt section.
Once again I love the 3D flower details and the cool shape.
Once again I love the 3D flower details and the cool shape.

I didn’t like..

Although I have previously said I'm a fan of the 3D flowers, I don't really like this. Too much.
Although I have previously said I’m a fan of the 3D flowers, I don’t really like this. Too much.
Unflattering proportions.
Unflattering proportions.
Baptiste dressed in an old lady's coat. Why is he in a womanswear show anyway?
Baptiste dressed in an old lady’s coat. Why is he in a womanswear show anyway?

 

What do you think about this Chanel collection?

Dolce & Gabbana – A/W RTW 2013

While it may be a borderline unpopular opinion, I still love Dolce & Gabbana. Yes, there may be the slight overboard of references to their culture and sometimes a little too much gold, for me it still works. I think it’s their ad campaigns in recent years which make me love the brand so much, they’re fun and seem like it’s really a (super hot) family photo instead of forced shot like some others. To me, Dolce & Gabbana still screams luxury and wealth, when I was younger I had always heard of Dolce & Gabbana as I read in (my mum’s) magazines about famous actresses wearing them and which as a little kid was my only knowledge of fashion, as they were probably one of the first luxury brands I was ever exposed to so it’s always going to stick with me. To me, I’ve always had the idea that the brand is just purely classy with sex appeal and somehow that’s what I like.
Now although there was lots of religious references which some may hate, I didn’t mind it. I read elsewhere that this collection referenced the movie “La Dolce Vita” but I have never seen it so I can’t judge whether I picked up on the references or not. I thought the collection was very elegant and exactly what I expected, that’s probably a negative for most people but I think of it as positive. I always know that I am going to like at least some of what I see with this brand.

Now I may contradict things I have said in the past when discussing Dolce & Gabbana for example, I usually detest prints, I’m really all for minimalism in general, but for Dolce & Gabbana I absolutely treasure the prints. Often they are very beautiful and work for the brand itself. I can see THE Dolce & Gabbana girl in my head (always Bianca Balti of course). I don’t know, I just have a soft spot for these designers, however repetitive they may be.

Now onto the collection…. PHOTO HEAVY FROM NOW ON.

I wouldn't expect this from Dolce & Gabbana, it almost feels too simple for them. I really like it. The way it's accessorized brings it all together perfectly.
I wouldn’t expect this from Dolce & Gabbana, it almost feels too simple for them. I really like it. The way it’s accessorized brings it all together perfectly.
Pretty cut out details on the front with a basic yet beautiful shape.
Pretty cut out details on the front with a basic yet beautiful shape.
Simple beautiful shape and such an intense colour.
Simple beautiful shape and such an intense colour.
I adore the simplicity of this jacket and the shape of the hips.
I adore the simplicity of this jacket and the shape of the hips.
I like the contrast of the sweetness of the high neck to the sexiness of the lace. Because it's white it still manages to look innocent and delicate.
I like the contrast of the sweetness of the high neck to the sexiness of the lace. Because it’s white it still manages to look innocent and delicate.
I adore the gold corset, it looks like it'd be very uncomfortable to wear but it looks incredible so that's all that matters.
I adore the gold corset, it looks like it’d be very uncomfortable to wear but it looks incredible so that’s all that matters.
Kate King looking like an absolute queen to open the show. Beautiful embellishments on the dress and I love the crown she wears, ahhh.
Kate King looking like an absolute queen to open the show. Beautiful embellishments on the dress and I love the crown she wears, ahhh.
I don't know why I like this, I probably shouldn't but somehow I do. It's so over embellished and too much yet somehow it works. Maybe it's the model.
I don’t know why I like this, I probably shouldn’t but somehow I do. It’s so over embellished and too much yet somehow it works. Maybe it’s the model.
Pretty and sexy at the same damn time.
Pretty and sexy at the same damn time.
An army of scarlet beauties.
An army of scarlet beauties.