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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.