I realize that as a retailer I should be concerned that my favorite looks from the collections are almost always the least shared on the interwebs. (It’s just more fun to say interweb)
I know the idea is to choose the most Pinned, Tweeted, Tumblered or whatever. But truthfully, most of the images I choose have something like 20 shares. It is always the case that the items I love the most on the sales floor are the ones that end up on the sale rack (or in my closet) so I should be used to it. I am able to see a slam dunk seller when I see it, so that’s how I get by sales wise. But I’m still shocked most of the time at the ones with the 400+ shares vs the low scorers. Do I just not get it? I know I tend to lean toward more flashy, busy, statement pieces overall but am I that disconnected from the public? And is that good or bad?
Here’s what I liked best in Pre Fall 2015:
These little simple dresses are really something I strive to wear. I end up in pants – but I really want to be this ladylike coquette. I tell myself that if they were made this well and fit this perfectly then I would wear them. I’m holding to that. The coat I would wear with my pants 🙂 and everything else because it is the quintessential leopard coat. Not too anything, just right for Goldilocks.
This jumpsuit is…yeah, it’s… wow.
The fact that its slouchy and woolen, masculine and drapey all at the same time. It’s amazing that they were able to pull this off. I cannot imagine the original idea, “hmm, a draped, boat neck, wool jumpsuit with trouser pants.” That’s a conundrum, yet here it is. Bravo – the jumpsuit for people who don’t wear jumpsuits.
As much as I love Cavalli, I am not usually a fan of the sportswear line. Yet this round he served up a 1990’s Tom Ford Gucci meets Cavalli mash-up. The trouser Tux is surprisingly cool girl chic even with sequin polka dots. Imagine it on a French girl or Rhianna or whatever… see? That 1970’s hooker fur is not my favorite but the pants are channeling Tom Ford jetsetter which I find irresistible. Red snake-skin jacket? YES PLEASE – Rock and Roll ladies, Rock and Roll.
So switching gears from real life to Paris. Rochas does something unique. They capture a myth. They design for this artistic, somehow wealthy young woman who walks the streets of Paris. Well heeled shoes clacking hollowly along the aged cobblestones. It’s an overcast day with a chill in the air that adds a natural blush to her cheek because this girl does not need makeup, oh no. She is tousled and lovely from the moment she lifts her head from her 5,000 thread count pillow, in her chic tiny yet affluent Parisian apartment. And you buy it. You buy it hook line and sinker. She exists and I want to be her for a day. Perhaps if I buy this impossible to wear dress with the strikingly charming boxy silhouette I can channel her. This gorgeous silk embroidered satin coat will bring me inspiration. This dress will show the world that I am complicated and unique. This stunning soft gown with the momentarily blooming wisteria print will say it all.
For once Valentino is not the closing act of this blog! This time the collection – though beautifully crafted, got a bit too everything for me. There were references flying all over from camo to quilted, 70’s suede to grandmas attic. It didn’t really hold up overall and the themes felt a bit gimmicky. The solar system embroidered pieces were great I guess, but they seemed more Gymboree than high fashion. The boots though…These boots are so freaking cool. Wow wow wowie wow. These transcend era – I love that. Simple shapes, perfect proportions and inspired medium. The striped leather are fundamental statement boots that defy trends. The floral silk are classic and sophisticated and charming and romantic and could be in an oil painting from the age of empires.
Known for her exquisite gowns, no question Reem Acra is one of the best designers of women’s high-end formal wear. Here you can SEE why. You do not need to try these on to know that they are cut within a millimeter of your body. Somehow magically improving your figure through the painstaking and evolved engineering of delicate, exceptional fabrics. You can see the way they enhance the figure with placement of details, proportion, where the seams fall, the embellishments. It’s all crafted to perfection. The result is stunningly beautiful. These pieces are flawless, exotic, feminine, strong and sexy but not overtly in any way.
Acra at her best. Perfect.