Even for those of us who don’t attend the shows, Fashion Month is a wild ride. There are so many shows to witness, so many looks to covet, so many underhanded comments to make and just so much darn fashion.
It is, at some point, my goal to be able to actually attend the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Alas, I am definitely not there, and continue to obsessively check online to see the photographs and show reports come in.
This season there were definitely some collections I was not too keen on, but there were also those I loved, and it was pretty difficult to narrow this list of favourites to nine shows, but I’ve done it. In no particular order, and for various reasons, these are my favourite shows from Fashion Month.
I’ve had a little obsession with Area blooming ever since I saw their Pre-Fall 2016 campaign a while back. There was something about the styling, the lighting, the photography. It was such a throwback to 70s glam and I couldn’t handle it. I just couldn’t. Since then, I’ve been keeping tabs on the brand, to see their latest work and ad campaigns. Their most recent collection definitely did not disappoint me. Glimmering jewels, silky jumpsuits, bell bottoms; it was just so good.
Nina Ricci’s collection was one of those that showed me how I wished I dress. Every look that came down the runway, I went, “Yeah. Yep. Okay.” Every model looked chic, but like it came naturally to her. That’s down to some pretty A+ styling, but the clothes themselves are beautiful. I love the dusty pinks and muted yellows and beiges used – it gives the whole collection a “Parisian in the fall” type of vibe. I am not opposed to this type of vibe.
To be honest, I haven’t paid too much attention to Off-White in the past. It just really wasn’t on my radar. I came across their Fall/Winter 2017 show by happenstance, just scrolling through the Vogue app. It was the runway that caught my eye, covered in brown-orange leaves and eerily lit. Pathetically, it reminded me of Stranger Things. I was intrigued by the set, so I checked out the collection and was immediately smitten. Again, there were those dusty pink tones I am loving lately, and I could see myself wearing every look. (As in, I could daydream myself in those looks, not actually afford them.)
Celine was another one of those collections showing me how I want to dress, or how I should dress. The brand, in my mind, is inherently associated with simplistic chic. The style is underrated, maybe, not too outlandish or headline-grabbing, but it’s always elegant and always beautifully tailored. Classy AF. Though, I imagine a Celine-wearing woman probably wouldn’t say “AF.”
Think of the coolest person ever. You’re probably thinking of Rhianna. Having become a style icon in her own right, Rihanna now designs in collaboration with Puma, starting with an initial capsule collection and now doing full-on shows in Paris. And just like it’s maker, the latest FENTYxPUMA show was ridiculously cool, featuring the raddest and likely most unattainable athleisure wear ever. This is the type of stuff I would absolutely love to wear, but I am certain I would not be able to pull it off.
Miu Miu. Miuuuuu Miuuuuu. I adored this show. I absolutely adored it for three reasons: the use of colour, the textures and the accessories. This collection is s whirlwind of bright furs and suits, of punchy patterns and eye-grabbing details. If Celine is understated, Miu Miu is slightly overstated, but man, it works so well.
In the past, Mulberry’s clothes were low on my radar. Like many others, I was all about coveting their bags. With their latest show, however, I found my gaze shifting to their apparel. This fall collection, in my opinion, was stunning. Sure, there were some “Look, we’re British” plaid moments, but there were also some interesting colour blocking moments and dramatic silhouettes. Some of these looks were way metropolitan, while others were a bit Scottish moors-meets-hunting chic. Not a bad look for fall.
Rachel Antonoff’s latest collection is fun. It’s fun, it’s insanely wearable and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are some killer wide-leg pants, a matching dark green velvet set, as well as this “Daddy” tee that I absolutely need to find out where I can cop. The use of graphics and prints is insanely good. Plaid is present again, but not in an overpowering way, and the fallopian tube sweaters and probably the best things I’ve ever seen. Basically, I need all of it. (Likely won’t get any of it.)
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I had to talk about Burberry because it’s one of my favourite fashion houses of all time and I’m generally obsessed with most things Christopher Bailey puts out. This collection was another one of their “see now, buy now” releases, which I think may have something to it, but that’s a whole other article. As I’m sure you’ve heard, this Burberry collection was inspired by the work of Henry Moore, which is so easy to pick up in the muted colours and vague-yet-feminine shapes. This collection was beautiful. The craftsmanship of some of these pieces make them works of art on their own, and the idea you can buy them off the rack is honestly wild to me.