I was swallowed by the art as I sat watching the Prada show while sitting in my sweats from the comfort of my couch. I normally make it a personal goal of mine to take in all aspects of the runway while they happen. Shapes of the silhouettes, accessories, styling, and the list goes on and on. But I found myself in a dilemma with this collection. When the first look stepped out onto the runway, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the street art print plastered on the hips of the model. I was so fascinated by the art that before I knew it, they were on too the next look and I missed the cluster of jewels across her chest, the sleek feminine handbag and the cluster of over-sized bracelets clutching onto her fragile wrist. The models sauntered down the runway to new age EDM music (and a surprise appearance by Brittany Spears new single), as a harmonious clique of bad-girls embarking on a quest of dominance. In the Prada sense, the girls were a vivid collection of prints and fabrics. Jewels, fur, art, rubber shoes, the whole collection was a giant middle finger to what people consider the do’s an don’ts of styling, and you know what? I think that’s exactly what we needed.
There never is a lack of pure, unadulterated beauty when Tom Ford is at the helm of creativity. The spidery sinews of delicately laser-cut leather dangled over the razor sharp hipbones of models poised delicately on heels just as intricate as the clothes themselves. The powerful clothing was nothing short of a luxury, with thigh-high mosaic boots and matching form-fitting mosaic dresses, and all leather outfits that seemed nothing less than a second skin sewn over the models own bodies. Despite the over-all high fashion feeling of the collection, there was some practicability to be found. Trouser suits and simple lace tanks seemed almost effortless, while still being more elegant and more over-the-top than you could comprehend. The collection told a story of a women not to be messed with, someone to adore and fear at the same time. And who wouldn’t love a story like that?
I woke up this morning, cocooned in my bed spread, chilled to the bone. Little did I know that the temperature had slipped into the low 40′s that night. Before slipping out the front door, I dug through the coat closet, pulling out my thrifted leather bomber earlier into the season than I believed that I would have too. Working in retail makes me realize just how unprepared we really are for the change of season. People still trek in to this day, looking for shorts and crop tops that should have found a home in the depths of their closets, awaiting their return this following spring. So here, is a look that can help you on these transitioning fall days, and long into the cold winter months.
Giles was a textile lovers paradise! The first 16 looks consisted of silky draped material printed with oversized, hyper-sexual photographs. The collection transitioned into simple girly frocks, and finally into elegantly draped gowns. The last look, was constructed out of bat cutouts patterned together as if they were fluidly flying up and around the models neck. An over-sized photo-printed car coat was my definite favorite out of the collection.
Burberry Prorsum was a paradise of petals this season, with streams of petals raining down over the runway. The collection was very romantic, with pastel colored fabrics cut delicately into hip hugging lace skirts and gently oversized coats perfect for chilly early-spring mornings. There wasn’t a lack of pizzazz either, as jewel encrusted trench coats and larger than life polka-dots streaked effortlessly down the runway, draped on figures balanced gently on needle-thin sandals.
Erdem jumped on the black and white bandwagon that grew strong during NYFW (alright, they did have a little yellow, we’ll give you that one.) What made Erdem their own, was the use of multiple textured effects throughout. Sequins, lace, and feathers. Oh the feathers! The collection was very skirt and dress heavy (only one pair of pants in the collection). My favorite piece had to be the black bomber jacket with sheer sleeves and flower embroidery details.
Mulberry featured feminine silhouettes out of simple textiles. Knee-length dresses and skirts and basic summery tops made out of multi-weighted icy colored prints. Pops of orange, red, and pale pinks scattered throughout. Delicate details from sequined flowers, pale lace murals, and drastic watercolor scenes. Models thin frames piled on top of matching platform heels.