Although there is nothing truly innovative or highly creative in terms of pattern cutting, color options and materials the Miu Miu collection for next Fall was probably my favorite from all the shows. Honestly just because I feel I could wear every single piece and feel great in it. From the hair to the makeup and accessories it’s all 40’s movie star and hollywood glamour with a hint of baseball. There are clothes suitable for every occasion and they look flawless.
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Marc Jacobs has produced a seriously interesting collection that mixes the 1940’s with French maids and more than a hint of S&M. Peter Pan collars, transparencies, lace, leather bibs, stockings, corset belts and fur. The colors are luscious and rich, deep greens, burgundy, grey, chocolate, black, cream and crisp white on the collars. All set in a hotel scenario with an elevator background. I really like how the hats complement the looks and make everything more believable.
Blocks of color mixed with layers of see through fabric makes for softer very feminine looks. The creation of varied textures and the multitude of shades makes a great trend to adapt and experiment with. It’s all about playing and making it work for you. Showing off some skin while keeping it slightly covered. Understated sexy at it’s best.
Girls in boys clothes have been a consistent trend during past seasons, it is always hand in hand with some other ultra feminine trend to create a balance in the fashion spectrum. But this time around it’s not only the boyfriend blazers, the shirts and the crisp trousers the whole styling follows with messy long hair or pulled back hair and the flat shoes. Yes most of the runway shows had indeed a lot of mannish shoes. Plenty of variations to go around. That I have to say is quite a relief, I am a self-confessed shoe addict, particularly heels but they tend not to be practical and after a couple of hours I am dying to swap them for a pair of comfy flats. The past few seasons some designers and high street shops have really exaggerated the height of heels and platforms, I have seen shoes that literally add 20 cm to a person and seem extremely complicated and heavy to walk with. I am not a fan of kitten heels for me they are either flats of high heels but there is a limit to how high I am willing or able to go.
Trouser suits are back and the options are endless, from fitted and tailored, to casual, to massive jackets and cropped pants or shorts. Whatever might be the style you want you are sure to be able to find it. I have to say that personally I like them sharp and crisp and the last to models here from Viktor&Rolf and Yves Saint Laurent definitely make my cut.
It was a trend for this fall and it will keep on going for next fall. Full looks in one color or assorted shades of the same color. Stella, Hermes, Margiela, Prada, you could find looks like this in most catwalk shows. A true statement, especially when you are able to do several layers work in a specific shade. What color would you prefer, I am feeling more and more tempted to adopt this trend and start experimenting.
Besides floral several other prints showed on the runways in London, New York, Paris and Milan. From geometric and defined, to abstract and smudged, splashed. I really like most of the variations available. Don’t really know if I would be able to wear full printed looks but a statement piece with some neutrals couldn’t hurt. The problem is being able to find affordable options on the high street that are good enough in terms of print, cut and fabric. After my fashion degree I have become increasingly more demanding when it comes to the quality of fabrics, finishes, zips, anything on a garment. I might love the piece but if I don’t like the fabric or if I think it will get ruined in no time I will not buy it.
Oh how I love that full Jil Sander look on the first picture of this post. Florals usually come out for Spring, this time around they were all over the runways for fall, flowers and birds and leaves. From Jil Sander, Cacharel, Lanvin, Marni, Mary Katrantzou. The difference this season is how beautiful and bold the flower prints were. I have of lately become interested in flower prints, the type that is bold and vibrant and similar to a painting. I bought a beautiful dress from Mango this Winter, the flower dress by Lanvin for H&M and had another flower dress from a Topshop collection bought a couple of summers ago. Right now I am sort of obsessing over a pair of trousers from Topshop Boutique. They have a great flower print in some muted tones, the kind of print that could be on your grandmothers sofa but that is somehow strangely appealing. I guess flowers are growing on me.
Another trend for next fall seen in a serious of shows was the color red. Red dresses, red trousers, red jackets, red coats, red fur, red lips, red faces at Viktor&Rolf, full red looks.
The red trousers have been around for the past season and are a strong trend for this summer, so if you are feeling a certain inclination go for it as they will be still an item to have in your closet next fall. As for red items of clothing I have seen interesting options of blazers at both Topshop and Zara, as for trousers I don’t think I will be going down that route yet.
Leather has become more and more popular in the past couple of years, it is no longer exclusive to pants and jackets, it can be extremely soft and treated like any other fabric to make all sorts of garments. For next winter it was even knitted as can be seen at Balenciaga. Fringes at Graeme Armour, jumpsuits and jackets at Acne, very rock and roll at Felder Felder, kinky and Betty Page inspired at Givenchy and practical at Alexander Wang.
Endless colours and finishes. If you still don’t have a leather piece in your wardrobe now is the time to start. Suddenly I feel the urge to wear a long wool coat with leather sleeves and a huge fur stole.