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Fashion Month (New York, London, Milan and Paris)

Fashion Month (New York, London, Milan and Paris)

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  Fashion Month, the most hectic and crucial time of year for anyone that has a devotion to fashion. One month, four cities, and what feels like a million designers, put their talents on display to show the world what they are capable of. This month’s season was for SS16 aka Spring Summer 2016. Hard to wrap your head around? Thinking about a season that just ended and already looking at clothes for it again, try doing that every six months every year. Tired yet? I hope not.

  On the first lineup, we have my beloved New York. When Fashion Week hits this town, the definition of ‘the city that never sleeps’ is literal. Sure, everyone knows the main stream designers such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and Diane Von Furstenburg (just to name a few). That’s perfectly fine, but for me, I enjoy seeing new designers that aren’t recognized as much in the public now to show what they have to offer. Just to get you familiarized with some: Prabal Gurung, Public School, Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tibi, Delpozo and, a personal favorite, Victoria Beckham. The biggest frenzy at NYFW was Givenchy showing in New York for the first time. Givenchy showed an array of black and white lace with silk, of course. It wouldn’t be high fashion without silk. One show after another, DKNY became cool again when Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne aka Public School’s creative directors took over. Dao-Yi and Maxwell made stripes and oversized suit jackets seem like a day at the office can be redefined into fashion greatness. Last but not least, we have Kanye West himself showing off the Yeezy Season Two, the clothes awfully close to FW15/16 and maybe just a little too much neutral. Sorry Yeezy, but let’s make something different than last season, nobody likes a constant outfit repeater. That just about wraps up NYFW. Bye America!  Thanks for having us. Now welcome to your British Airways flight! Our next stop is Heathrow Airport, so see you in London.

  London Fashion Week, to me, has to be the most innovative and creative, where it welcomes new young designers. Many people underestimate what London has to offer and forgets how rich the British culture and style is. Julien MacDonald stunned as he made a new type of eloquence. It was all structured shoulders, finely embellished dresses and gorgeous patterns that made us all swoon. The Topshop Unique show gave seventies vibes and whole lot of flowy dresses. Also spotted the oh-so popular silk bomber jackets, at the Topshop show as shown by Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. At Christopher Kane, he gave us neon panels and fringe but in the best way. The iconic British brand Burberry graced us with a mostly black palette and nylon backpacks that brought the backpack back. Next stop, Milano, where we see looks from Gucci, Fendi, Versace, and Dolce and Gabbana.  

  At Milan Fashion Week, we have the second most greats names like Gucci, Versace and Prada come to life in their time to shine. At Gucci, a lot of sheer dresses walked the runway as well as touches of flowers. For Fendi, there was a range of color going to red to snakeskin and to black the look was oversized sleeves. At Versace, it was as Donatella described it herself, “a mix of tailored sportswear and effortlessness”.  My last thing to talk about at Milan Fashion Week was Dolce and Gabbana. Dolce and Gabbana made the show interesting when selfies were taken at the end of the runway. Other than that, the collection was full Italian images and floral. Last on the list, sadly as fashion month comes to a wrap up, is Paris.

 The last and most important week of fashion is upon us at last, Paris. Too many shows to talk about, I narrowed it down to the ones that I thought stunned me. My first favorite was Balenciaga; as it was in fact Alexander Wang’s last season being the creative director there. The theme throughout was white with ruffles, ruffles and even more ruffles with the occasional lace and silk. Dior did ultimately everything you would want it do (thank you Raf). He mostly kept the simple black and white color palette it was scalloped tops and shorts with flowing overlays and nothing beats an all white floral military jacket. Celine gave us lingerie inspired dresses but then proceeded to stiffen and cinch up at the waists. Saint Laurent does what Saint Laurent does best; grunge eloquence. Even the grunge inspired tiara was an absolute hit. The mix of leather and lace with long black dresses reminded me of why Saint Laurent is my favorite brand. As for that, Fashion Month is wrapped up and done for SS16. Au revoir, Fashion Month! See you again in 6 months.




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