Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fashion Month in Collage: Part 1

Fashion month is upon us and it's time to forget that we have a cold winter ahead of us and start thinking about SS16, and what we'll be wearing for the sporadic smattering of sunny days we call summer. Wading through all the shows and keeping up with all the latest developments can be a task in itself, so rather than take it collection by collection, I've decided to bring together all of my favourite trends/pieces/colour palettes into a series of collages that are a little easier to digest than full show reports.

3D Florals

Browsing through the Parsons MFA show images this morning, I was very taken with Sisi Liu's work and her use of oversized 3D ornamental flowers set upon mesh and illustrative graphic prints. It occurred to me she wasn't the only designer to take florals into a 3D medium. Whether it's through the use of intricate beading, crochet, applique, or embroidery, SS16 florals have taken on a more tactile manifestation. Seen at Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, Delpozo, Lela Rose, and Michael Kors Collection. This is territory that has already been very well covered by Simone Rocha in both her SS15 and AW15 collections but it looks like it will be rolling out as a wider trend as opposed to a designer trait.
Cold Shoulder
Given its ubiquity throughout SS15, I wasn't sure whether designers would continue to latch onto the off-the-shoulder trend for another season but they certainly have, along with its new cousin, the on-the-shoulder/off-the-shoulder hybrid. Seen at Jil Sander Navy, J Crew, Apiece Apart, Proenza Schouler, Theory, Nanette Lepore, ADEAM, Creatures of Comfort, and I imagine many, many more to come.
Earn Your Stripes
Stripes have been peppered throughout many of the shows during NYFW including Tommy Hilfiger, Alice + Olivia, and Isa Irfen. A particular favourite was the exquisite full skirted Naeem Khan gown in the centre of the image. Pinstripes, rainbow stripes, awning stripes, gradient stripes, horizontal, vertical, all manner of stripes abound, so it looks like my single breton top won't cut it for SS16.Only London, Paris, and Milan to go...