Twice a year, the fashion world, packs up and travels all around the world for fashion week. Visiting hot fashion cities, with designers showing their latest designs for the next season. September is the time where everyone tries to grab a front row seat to see the best shows, showcasing spring/summer designs.
It may seem a bit early for many, but fashion is months ahead, when you factor in design and production. So whilst many of us are just packing away our summer clothes and seeing what’s hot for autumn/winter, designers and avid fashion followers are already onto thinking about next summer.
Starting in New York, before heading to London, onto Milan then the finale in Paris, we look at what was the must see things in these cities from the shows to the street fashion and hotspots in between.
Marc Jacobs; just as much goes into the show, as the collection. Gothic undertones were seen, with dark and vibrant prints. Simple lines and soft fabric, marked with an edge of embellishment. Long ball gown esque dresses probably signify that maxi dresses are here to stay.
Ralph Lauren; preppy style is their normal go to, but for SS they take a nod from the swinging sixties. Bold colours, contrasting panes and short shift dresses were a plenty. Bright colours and colour blocking seems to be the trend with long and short hemlines.
Marchesa: adding a touch of 1920’s swing to the designs, lots of beading and embellishment. Long and short hemlines and lots of light wispy material. Plenty of detail with flower patterns and embellishments.
Street style took a different turn. Many people seen mixing designer with high street (well there is a recession on). Key pieces, shirts, midi skirts, knitwear and leather jackets. Add in a ditsy print, bold colours and mannish shoes finishing off with a bit of stud work. Keep tailoring simple, sharp trousers mixed with relaxed tee and worn with stiletto shoes, chic. Then you can keep up with the NYFW street style through autumn.
NYC virgin? Hit Empire State Building, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Rockefeller Plaza, Central Park and of course 5th Avenue.
Tom Ford; Luxe styles, lots of leather, embellishments and lace, all with an edgy finish. Lots of deep and rich natural colours, such as black and bronze and gun metal grey. Lots of sheer grey, very sexy and ethereal.
Peter Pilotto; keeping up with graphic style prints, in light and bright summery colours. Cuts were very angular of dresses and jackets. Lots of great optical illusions were made, especially with the different cuts and contrasting colours.
Burberry Prorsum; lots of lady like lice, in lovely soft pastel colours. Lace was seen risqué on the catwalk with the skirts and tops, with more lace underwear underneath. The British label, really amped up the prettiness of some of their designs by adding so striking embellishment.
In London the street style had an edgier look, lots of iconic British punk influences. Leather, tartan and metal work. Our quirky side also came out with plenty of mixing of different prints. We also managed a ladylike edge with midi skirts and pretty tops. And many were sporting this season must have oversized coats.
LDN virgin? Hit London Eye, Tate Modern, Museum of London, Madame Tussauds and of course Knightsbridge.
Salvatore Ferragamo; Great tailoring, some edging on the masculine. Lots of light natural tones in the fabric mixed in with some sheer looks. A fantastic mix of fabric from cotton to silk and some leather thrown in.
Missoni; their patterns know no bounds. A wonderful mix of contrasting patterns and graphic prints. Knits worked into the collection, mixing chunky skirts with soft silk blouses. Plenty of great colours use, such a wide pallet.
Dolce & Gabbana; their designs tend to hang on epic, their prints for SS are no different. Beautiful prints, depicting coliseums with Mediterranean tones. The fabric look silky soft to the touch and glided effortlessly down the catwalk. Plenty of traditional cuts too.
The slightly warmer Milan temperatures allowed for even different street style again. Loose fit tees’ mixed with smart skirts, plenty of denim and sprinkling of leather. Midi dresses out in force here too, mixed with crop tops and light knits. Simple tailoring was also popular, along with bold colours and simple monochrome pairings.
Milan virgin? Hit Cathedral of Milan, Park Parco Sempione and Giardini Pubblici, Santa Maria della Grazie, Pinacoteca di Brera and hit Quadrilatero d’Oro (Rectangle of Gold).
Lanvin; Metallic featured heavily, lots of lamé in very space age colours. There was a seventies nod here, lots of flowing gowns, puffed up shoulders and ruffled tops. The tones were fairly dark with this collection, with the odd bright jewel tone sneaked in there.
Balmain; a very minimalist collection, plenty of monochrome. Simple styles, knitwear and denim and hints of leather a real mix of materials. Colours were muted, toned down with a country edge. A few nice white and pink pieces with a girly edge, with a mix of cuts.
Balenciaga; striking cuts, from trousers and skirts to tops. An edgy look with mixed prints. Light bright colours, plenty of white. A great mixture of materials, from soft sweaters, chunky knits to sheer and soft cotton.
Paris street style really feels like adult dress up. Sophisticated sense of style, with great tailoring. Ladylike clothing, plenty of midi skirts again, dainty court shoes and tailored jackets. Accessories range from dainty clutches to large totes. Heels are always on the agenda, and many outfits were tied in with a pretty belt.