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Spring 2020 RTW

2020. A new decade. No doubt we’ll all be ringing in the new decade with hope for a better future. Covid 19, climate change, politics, human rights, equality, poverty, technology, medicine, corruption, war… with so much on our modern minds how do we manage it all? Where will we be on the other side of 2020? Fashion may seem like a lot of bullshit when faced with such a daunting future, but remember that fashion at its most elevated reflects our times. You can look though history at what we were wearing and it reads as a visual indicator of where we stood. So what will we be wearing in this decade of chaos and unrest? (besides face masks that is) Will we go into a severe minimalist future in an attempt to gain a sense of control? Will we spiral into a chaotic jumble of ideas at the mercy of our lighting fast paced modern world, or will we go nostalgic in longing for a “less complicated” era? Will we transcend? Only time will tell.

Prada

Prada always tells a story. The theme is always central in their collections and there is something comforting about that. It makes the brand instantly recognizable and keeps the customers coming back. This season Prada did a beautiful job with this 70’s meets 30’s influenced offering full of colorful pattern and thoughtful styling. The standouts were the print coats with their 70’s style wide lapels and the sequin feather dresses and skirts. Their Art Deco glamour worked well with the exaggerated seventies styles.

Antonio Marras

Marras loves to play with eras and fabrics. Mixing both with a steady hand and creating garments that don’t belong to any particular time which is exactly what to love about them. They are always lovely in their intricacies and have a feeling of confidence about them.

Temperly London

I don’t know about you but when Spring comes around I start putting my feelers out for dresses. Something lightweight that I can throw on that will work from spring on into summer. Something you can play with. I also look for at least one that has some serious personality that I can have on hand for any gatherings with friends that may come up. This collection had plenty to choose from, it was mostly dresses in fact with a few separates peppered in for balance. But overall they were just those dresses I hope to see, easy looking and fun, some more simple than others but never dull. My favorites, naturally, were the prints which Temperly always does beautifully.

Libertine

At times loud, bright, playful, pretty and nostalgic. Libertine does not disappoint with more of their signature London Mod rooted looks and colorful glittering togs. Love.

Dries Van Noten

Once again I am feeling simpatico with the mighty French Designer in his rich color palette, use of print and texture, embellishment and attention to detail. This is everything I look for in design, it is well thought through, considered, added to and reduced until it has become refined to its purest core. This collection was full of elegance, grace, frivolity and charm. There is a coolness in the cut of those suits and an air of the fantastic in the voluminous skirts. Whimsy in the brightly colored prints and decadence in those metallics and jewels. Another outstanding group for the discerning and stylish woman.


Pre Fall 2017

So Pre Fall landed with a bit of a thud. There wasn’t that much happening on the runways that was terribly interesting.  Perhaps the general lack of inspiring moments came from the designers now showing at different times? The industry has been facing a transition of its own lately where some designers – in an attempt to keep up with the immediate demands of social media addicted clients – are opting to hold off on showing until the moment they are ready to sell. Cutting the wait and allowing the public shop now. You may already be seeing little bags next to the designers name indicating you can buy it “direct from the runway” as opposed to waiting the traditional 3-4 months for promotion and distribution. Resulting in a large gap between shows of the same season. For example, Pre-Fall 2017 began showing as far back as November of 2016 and as recently as last week! Maybe this is why the designers are off their game. They are out of sync with the industry, the customers and the season.

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I love well made, high quality clothes that you can just throw on. No brain required because some days I just can’t. I would like to buy and wear these all today. (See? No patience!)

Nili Lotan

There is a hint of the early 2000’s here with the slip dress and sweater set, but I don’t mind it because it’s looks modern. What’s interesting about that is that if you had slip dresses and sweaters from the nineties, now they would  be validated as timeless and classic pieces. Its simple, chic, sexy and cool.

Ulla Johnson

These feel more like Resort than Pre Fall but regardless of that how cute! Perfect for anything from vacation wear to an afternoon wedding. Young, spirited and like, bouncy? Yeah.

Monse

This collection is interesting because it has an avant-garde attitude yet the clothes themselves are innocuous. They aren’t drastic and attention seeking, in fact they are quite elegant and chic. They’re avant-garde for the cocktail class, in much the same vein as Vivianne Westwood. Plus I love the jewel tones, particularly the yellow and teal blue and especially in those rich fabrics. It’s all very art culture and could define the nouveau high society art scene.

Erdem

In my mind I have classified Erdem as one of the more feminine houses. They tend to use florals regularly and cut more ladylike shapes so working in the seasons colors of pink and blue was no hardship. But I applaud them for taking things further with some volume in the silhouettes and by adding some bolder colors into the collection. While I do love the pale sequins looks, my favorite here is the yellow brocade gown. (I also really want the floral stockings)

Temperley London

I wonder how pissed off Erdem and Temperly were when they realized they both had pastel sequins gowns with floral appliques? That’s one hell of a coincidence. Though my favorite has to be the red and black print dress which is stunning and unique.

Gucci

I would like to order the tiger skirt, the dragon topcoat, the pink chinoiserie print skirt and the red all over print dress. It’s so much but if you can cut though the glare the clothes are so insanely fun and chic. It reminds me of Todd Oldham in a way – the playful unashamed frivolity. It’s wonderful to see all this again – but I still can’t help but feel that the days are numbered when you go this big. I’m going to enjoy it while I can.

J. Medel

More so the ambiance than the actual clothes, although the dresses are pretty. These colors, the dusty shades of blue and gray and the deep red and pink cut into these overtly romantic tiered and ruffled gowns, they are so loud in their softness. They create a mood around them and it’s just lovely. I’m inspired to paint like an old master, Rembrandt or Willem van Aelst. The romance and richness are beautiful.

example of the Dutch painting style