Fashion Week Roundup
by Emily Goldman
All Photos Courtesy of vogue.com/runway
Hold on to your pair of Burberry gloves and pray to the big fashion guy/gal upstairs. The latest set of runway shows from New York and London showcase some of the most beautiful, timeless, classic, tear-worthy pieces. Some of the world’s favorites continued to shine in New York and London.
The good old fashion capital of the USA did not disappoint. From Calvin Klein to Alice + Olivia and everyone in between, Fall 2016 is looking fresher than Drake’s “Summer Sixteen”. The most noteworthy shows from the New York scene, in my humble opinion, were Alice+ Olivia, Proenza Schouler, Rebecca Minkoff and, of course, Kanye’s (probable) favorite: Yeezy.
While New York Fashion week shined, London Fashion Week sparkled. The key players this time around were Marchesa, Alexander McQueen and JW Anderson. Some other notable mentions are [obviously] Burberry, Temperley London and Ashish.
Let’s not waste any time here and jump right in, shall we?
To be honest, I felt underwhelmed, and not just because he decided to only release his album on Tidal. While I appreciate the simplicity and monochromatic tendencies, I wanted, well, more. Some of the pieces really showed thought in construction, especially a burnt orange fur-lined jacket, motorcycle-esque with orange fur matching the jacket’s leather. Yeezy’s collection showed clothes for both men and women, bridging the gap between the two sexes through androgynously boxy structuring for the men and, occasionally, women. Many of the women’s clothes, however, ranged from spandex looking tubes to literal body suits reminiscent of the two days I did gymnastics in elementary school.
This season Alice + Olivia went back in time with bellbottomed suits, bowties with Peter Pan collars and other ’70s staples. With a color theme consistent to many other shows during New York fashion week, Alice + Olivia’s collection showed feminine silhouettes with black, red and cream coloring. In an interview Stacey Bendet gave with Vogue.com, she explained her inspiration for this season’s line. “I was reading that book City on Fire, and I just became really fascinated with that moment,” Bendet said.
Oh Proenza Schouler, you steal my heart these days. The show featured dark, muted solids with the occasional pop of color, like Look 105. The crisscross details and flash of skin in a full-length, turtleneck maxi dress make the look young. The show also incorporated classic autumn staples such as fur-lined bomber jackets and full-length, military detailed coats.
Be still my heart, these shows were worthy of royalty (cough cough, Kate Middleton). But speculations aside, the top looks from Londontown came from Alexander McQueen and Marques Almeida. Hands down.
Marques Almeida decided to incorporate bright colors and mix patterns effortlessly in beautifully dysfunctional pieces. The oversized checkered shirt perfectly offsets the simple, delicate, smooth triangle dress. Not to mention, those shoes. The whole look seemed a little Alice in Wonderland, in all the best ways.
McQueen can do no wrong. Sarah Burton designed a collection worthy of McQueen. The black, gold and creams overtook the stage, while the patterns and cuts left little to the imagination. The perfectly placed embroidery and sheer material made for a hauntingly delicate look, as if the material would melt off of the model.
Designed a collection with gorgeous, dream-like, flowy forms and classic delicate lace dripping off of the models. Blacks and muted tones scattered the runway in between bright pops of color and patterned flower appliques. With a wonder like Marchesa, you can’t just pick one favorite look.
The brand’s avant-garde collections grab attention and transform the way we view fashion. This season plays into his usual unexpected ways, but with slightly more muted tones, making the show a fall must-see. While some of these pieces may seem a tad more far-fetched than ready-to-wear and more couture, the art is in the fashion and that is what makes J.W. Anderson a leader in his craft.