Fashion, 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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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London Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2017

As life has gotten in the way once again, I’m going to keep this post about London rather brief. Honestly, I have struggled to keep up to date with fashion week this season. We are just about to begin Paris today and the only shows that I’ve seen from Milan have been via Instagram. I really need to sit down and just catch up but I keep finding other things to do. I guess I knew I was going to be busy living in New York (it is the city that never sleeps) but I don’t think I realised quite how busy I would be. I’m not complaining though, life is so much more fun now.

I feel like the whole see-now, buy-now concept has taken over from the actual clothes at fashion week. Most of the hype I’ve seen has been around this idea instead of the actual fashion, but perhaps that is because we are at a rather stagnant period right now. I’m not sure if anything too crazy has been shown throughout fashion month yet but I definitely haven’t heard about anything too out there.

Anyway, see some picks from London below:

Daks

Daks

Julien MacDonald

Julien MacDonald

Julien MacDonald

Julien MacDonald

 

 

Barbara Casasola

Barbara Casasola

Barbara Casasola

Barbara Casasola

J.W. Anderson

J.W. Anderson

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

 

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

David Koma

David Koma

David Koma

David Koma

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2016

I love Paris. I love the mix of designers you get here plus the historic houses which continue to create. There were a couple of houses without set designers this season (Dior and Lanvin mainly, both with varying results) and another couple where designers who recently started their appointment are still finding their feet and giving the brand their own personal touch. Let me start this off by saying that I’m not going to discuss either Vetements or Balenciaga in any detail. I am not interested. I used to be such a Balenciaga fan under both Ghesquiere and Wang but for now I am done with the brand. I’ll wait to see the clothes actually on the streets before I say anything else.

Besides the aforementioned, there were many shows that I liked. This season I’ve found myself picking out a few pieces from each collection or a handful of looks that I think are strong/something I’d buy/super cool instead of looking at entire collections overall. I’m not sure if this is good or bad. For the whole season there has probably been less than 10 shows that I’ve thought of as the entire collection instead of just a few looks that I like. 

Givenchy

Honestly, I adore Riccardo Tisci. If you know anything about me, you’ll hopefully know that. Every season he makes clothes that I would want to buy and wear. For the most part, our aesthetics align. This season there was a bunch of different prints including snakeskin and leopard. I’ve actually seen a lot of leopard print coats over the past couple of seasons and I’ve been wanting one for a good few months. This show made me realise that come fall I will need one. (My favourite is still the Alexander Wang pre-fall one, however.) The collection was actually very cohesive. Inspired by Egypt, Tisci made a beautiful collection without being too literal in his references. I cannot wait to see how the ads are styled!

Christian Dior

This is the first ready-to-wear collection produced by the in-house design team since Raf Simons’ departure. The couture collection was panned but I think this one deserves a little more praise. I actually thought it stayed very true to the brand’s core principals and original designs. That is also a reason that people aren’t liking the collection (too safe). However, I thought there were a lot of beautiful pieces with a classic Dior silhouette. Realistically, the Dior customer is hella rich and not gaudy. These kind of clothes appeal to her, even if they don’t push the boat out creatively. My favourite looks were the fur-lapelled coat worn by Kendall Jenner and the dusky lavender coat of a similar style.

Chanel

I have a method of looking at a Chanel collection. The first step is to look over all of the thumbnails on Vogue Runway and open the ones that catch my eye in a new tab. The next step is to look through the entire gallery and zoom in on pieces. If I still like them, I’ll open the tab again. Usually this leaves me with a zillion tabs open so small that my browser is about to crash. If I have doubles, I know that I like the look. It sounds like a tedious process but I’ve found that it’s the only way I can actually observe a Chanel collection because there’s always so much going on. Doing it this way means that I find pieces that I might gloss over if just giving it a once over; only occasionally do I actually watch the show in motion. This season I found the set was pared back but the clothes were not. There were cool uses of tweed (a bomber-type jacket for one), lots of pearls (a Chanel staple), and also many accessories which I thought were fantastic such as hats and mini bags. The Boy bag has to be the most popular Chanel style at the moment so it only makes sense that there were many imaginings of it on the runway. The floaty black dress with the gold embellishments towards the end was my favourite piece in the entire collection and one that I’d like to see in the campaign images.

And the rest…

This shearling cape at Maison Margiela was a fun twist on a classic aviator jacket.

I don’t think anyone was really ready to see another Lanvin show yet. I found it very 80s and many of the looks made me think of what American socialites would buy from the Parisian couture shows back then. I actually liked this dress even though it was slightly like a bed sheet. Also, this fur coat was cool.

These two looks (i & ii) at Dries Van Noten were very nice and I’d actually have styled them together with the coat open. It may have taken away from the impact on the runway but I can imagine that this is how people would actually wear it. There could’ve been a great supermodel-style runway moment where they took off the coat and swung it over their shoulders.

At Guy Laroche I liked this embroidered jacket.

You can count on Chloe for lightweight, flowy dresses. I feel like these can be worn in any season (with tights in the winter and bare legged in the summer). This time around I particularly liked this mustard offering with soft ruffles.

I used to be such an Olivier Rousteing fangirl but I’ve started to tire of Balmain. I think overexposure has done it. Looks are becoming so repetitive as well. However, there were still quite a few pieces that I liked (just not enough to make the show a favourite) such as this beautiful navy blouse with ruffles and this embellished top and skirt.

I’m slightly late on the whole patterned bomber jacket trend but I really like this one at Emanuel Ungaro. Given that they’re being shown on the catwalk again this season, I think it is a trend that is here to stay. I’ve seen a cool one at Zara that I like and if that fails I think I’ll look to a vintage store.

I really liked the colour palette at Akris, so warm and definitely autumn appropriate. Also, you can get a dress with a similar print to this one at Mango just now for ÂŁ49.99 (if you’re interested in a runway-esque look for less).

The proportions of this coat at Acne Studios is cool. I also like the boots that it is paired with. I’m currently loving a lighter sole paired with black boots.

I am obsessed with this check dress at Isabel Marant. I’ll be interested to see how much this retails for because I want to buy it.

I liked the Rick Owens show a lot more this season than normal. The clothes were oversized and flowy but not so big that they drowned the models. Plus, the show was less gimmicky. See the full collection here.

I want to wear this entire look from Paco Rabanne. 

Valentino was so pretty but I’m sick to death of the shitty casting.

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