By Paris Adams & Avery Stankus – 1851 Staff
The Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion month has come to a close and there is a lot to look forward to. Brands are also looking towards the future of the fashion calendar with “See-Now, Buy-Now” concepts continuing to take precedence. These are the highlights from New York, London, Paris, and Milan fashion week.
New York :
From A-list celebrities to fashion bloggers and everyone in between, New York Fashion Week is one of the most popular events of the year. With such a diverse crowd, one can expect to see a plethora of different styles and trends on the streets of New York from over-sized lavender fur coats to combining mismatched floral prints.
Sally Lapointe took a minimalistic approach to her ready-to-wear collection with a monochromatic array of work. The head to toe ivory, camel, and red looks were eye-catching, but remained a classy aesthetic. Carolina Herrera handed over her creative baton during this season’s NYFW. With a line of fresh ready-to-wear looks, this was her last collection before stepping down as creative director.
London Fashion Week is the hub for breakout trends; the city’s streets see an influx of experimental streetwear and beauty looks throughout the week. This season, showgoers played with volume and texture by way of trench coats and vinyl, adding contrast through bright reds and yellows.
It’s quite the honor to have the Queen of Fashion, Anna Wintour, attend your show, it’s an even bigger honor to have The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, sitting front row (next to Anna Wintour, of course). Such was the case at emerging designer Richard Quinns runway show, where The Queen presented him with the British Design award.
At Burberry, long-time designer Christopher Bailey bid farewell with a final collection dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights, full of rainbow check-plaid pieces. His pièce de résistance? A rainbow striped faux fur cape, coyly modeled by British model Cara Delevingne.
This season at Paris Fashion Week many female designers’ work took on the runway. From Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior to Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, you couldn’t miss the many empowering women who were a part of PFW.
Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton presented his collection in the Louvre—what could be more French? The models strut the space shuttle-like runway in designs blending style of a different time period with modern casual street-wear.
As for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld decided to take fall inspiration literally by presenting the fall/winter designs in a stroll through the woods. From Chanel’s classic tweed to evening gowns paired with bubble gum-pink gloves, the models exhibited the designs parading through piles of leaves.
Chiuri turned back time half a century and took inspiration from feminist protests for Christian Dior. The colored shades, baker boy hats, and wide-legged pants screamed 1960s.
In Milan, the fashion crowd went sartorial, favoring draped pant suits in a rainbow of colors – lilac, canary yellow, light pink, and fiery red. Animal prints and logomania were also prominent on the streetwear scene and on the runways.
For Gucci, Creative Director Alessandro Michele created eerily realistic objects accompanied Michele’s clash of cultures, decades, and prints. Following Gucci’s lead, other shows in Milan employed unique ways of showing off products. At Tods, models were accompanied down the runway by puppies, and on the Dolce & Gabbana runway, drones were commissioned to showcase the collections purses.