So I’ve been holding off discussing the Fall/Winter Fashion Collections, mainly because the actual shows happen in the summer and it just feels like were asking summer to “get lost” a little too early! I realize we are in the middle of summer still but if I wait much longer this won’t really be news anymore will it? So without further ado…
Black is back this winter but really, it’s a classic that is always in style. This season Yves Saint Laurant had a parade of women who looked eerily similar to the “Addicted to Love” Girls – in a good way of course! Masculine inspired suits paired with vibrant red-lips and sleek hair completed the look du jour. The most wearable aspect of this show were the suit pants and I think this will carry over to the mainstream quite well. Highly tailored black suit pants with a masculine cut can give any outfit that dash of attitude it might be missing. Aside from looking chic, it’s also an incredibly comfortable get-up for a day spent at the office or even if you are traveling.
Givenchy had a Matrix meets Samurai feeling about it. Once again it was all about black but Givenchy amped things up by pairing feminine blousy tops with leather jackets and loose fitting slacks. Also keeping it girly were the bob-cut hair-do’s that made the dark color scheme seem less heavy. The trends that I think will be catching on from this show are dark lips in shades of plum or maroon and the ever fabulous full length leather gloves.
Dolce has taken it’s own path this season with the vast majority of their pieces incorporating heavy laces. The overall feel of the show was bohemian with old-world gypsy inspire hair and hair-pieces. Dolce chose to keep fall/winter feeling a little less cool by utilizing warm neutral makeup but on the flip-side they tried to offer a little more coverage from the cold through Victorian-inspired collars. While artistically visionary and well placed in the show, the Victorian collar has a matronly air about it. Will it mainstream? Perhaps we will see some interesting variations on the turtle neck or even some wearable versions in wedding gown designs but I can’ say this is a likely candidate for every day attire. I very much enjoyed that Dolce kept some whimsy about them and didn’t get too heavy or dark in the way some of the other designers did this Fall/Winter season.
Valentino portrayed a great mix on the runway encompassing the black color scheme, leather and a bit of a Victorian inspiration. While the Valentino show was not exclusively in black, it was monochrome and black and white leather were featured predominantly. The Victorian era permeated the hairstyles with intricate braided up-do’s and long sleeve dresses, comprised of sturdy materials but refreshed by a modest-length. Crop trousers were a popular choice here as well and all the ladies were sporting the always in-style smokey eye. Solid colors prevailed here with very little pattern but occasionally a splash of red would brighten the runway and it was always welcomed. Interestingly, accessories were not that prevalent this season. A few purses were present here and there but overall it was pretty bare. Not to say that’s a bad thing, sometimes accessories can overshadow a look as opposed to enhance it so, I must admit, I liked seeing the purse as the star accessory!