My passion for fashion goes well beyond spending a salary on clothes in nearby shops. I absolutely love the idea of watching a big group of creative and talented souls show us their version of what to expect for the seasons ahead. Therefore, just like I did with last season’s fashion weeks in NY, London, Milan and Paris, here are my favourite shows of Fall Winter 2018 and what I thought of them:
1- Tom Ford:
Despite having re-located from Europe to the U.S, the designer still has that European touch to his collection, the Italian touch to be precise. With the animal prints, glitter and colour, bold statement and colourful pieces dominated the runway, giving us obvious eighties vibes.
You cannot have a Tom Ford without sleek and tailored pieces, nor tongue-in-cheek statements for that matter (who can forget his famous pubic G??). This time, choosing to shed light on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement by decorating bags and shoes with ‘pussy power’ making them stand out even more.
As for me, I’d be ecstatic with the metallic leggings and statement earrings for starters.
2 – Jeremy Scott:
I knew the show was going to be funky and colourful, full of glitter and out-there pieces and I was right. Jeremy always finds a way to reinvent himself and come up with new, more fun, brighter and crazier yet creative pieces.
This show gave me cute and futuristic vibes, all whilst being fierce and sexy. The Fifth Element came to mind as soon as orange wigs and pieces with crazy cut-outs and details started rolling down the runway.
The hoodie/crop top/bralette combination was definitely my favourite, as well as some dresses and the PVC mini-skirts that gave off a sci-fi and funky look.
3- Jason Wu:
Unlike the previous shows I’ve seen, Jason Wu’s was not only chic and elegant but extremely wearable. The jewel tones complimenting the crystals in most pieces made for a very sophisticated look. The different fabrics used such as pleated silk, satin and see-through mesh gave the collection a fresh look.
I absolutely loved the ruby-coloured trousers, as well as the thick knit and knee-length skirts with crystals.
Structured pieces with lace, ruffles and cut-outs were bound to make an appearance, and they didn’t disappoint. I loved the new cardigans paired with evening dresses to keep you warm whilst looking as fashionable as ever.
Handkerchief style dresses were also featured on the runway reminding me of the ones everyone used to wear with baggy jeans a few years back, but with a modern and more elegant twist this time.
5- Jonathan Simkhai:
The show started with one of my favourite pairings ever: feminine pieces with combat boots. The colours were rich and chic, with different shades of red or yellow. As is usual for the designer, attention to detail was crucial and surely made for stunning pieces wuch as those beaded yellow trousers and the blazer to match. The white top with bare shoulders and poofy sleeves shown towards the end was a masterpiece.
The powerful suits grabbed my attention as well, especially the striped ones with a modern twist to the blazer.
6- Alexander Wang:
After last season’s party mode, the designer focused on women in the work place, and with the current #MeToo movement it couldn’t have been more appropriate.
The styling of the looks showed that being a powerful and successful woman didn’t necessarily mean wearing suits daily, but rather feeling confident enough to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable in.
High-fashion tracksuits with modern twists were shown on the runway, as well as little black dresses with pattent leather, mink and zippers. Black leather trenches were also stars of the show giving off Matrix vibes which went well with the nineties hair accessories and tiny sunglasses.
I loved the full-on mesh bodysuits, with attached gloves and all, and of course the ridiculously cool cross body bags.
7- Victoria Beckham:
The collection composed of a lot of structured pieces, with military coats and blazers standing out. I love Victoria’s pieces as they’re a far cry from her exposed outfits from back in the day. The evolution of her style shows in her designs, and having so many demure looks throughout an entire fashiom show is definitely not common, and therefore highly appreciated.
After falling in love with last season’s collection and its vibrant colours, I had to keep an eye out for Tibi this season.
The flashy colours here and there gave the collection a very uplifting an modern touch, all whilst staying true to Tibi’s individuality.
I absolutely adored the thick knits layered on top of each other, the gorgeous yellow coat definitely had my attention, and the metallic pieces were right up my alley. Amazing styling of amazing pieces.
9- Prabal Gurung:
Continuing to support women in all shapes and sizes, as well as women’s rights, this collection had so much pink and its hues it didn’t disappoint.
I absolutely loved the warm knits paired with silky or chiffon skirt. Statement earrings were featured again and nineties hair accessories made their debut.
The entire vibe and message of the show were extremely inspiring and encouraging to women.
The typical tops with puffy shoulders made a comeback, but with different fabrics and patterns. There were a lot of unusual combinations involving different patterns, but the cuts and structure of the garments made it work.
The rusty-coloured dress was gorgeous with those python boots, a pattern also used for belts adding the perfect finishing touches to the looks.
I loved the statement earrings and belt bags, as well as the floral suits and coats to match.
11- Oscar De La Renta:
Inspired by the Elizabethan era, the pieces had either subtle leaves patterns on them, or covered in beautiful birds and glitter.
The designers did a hell of a job making their ready-to-wear collections stand out when the brand is mostly known for evening-wear. However, you could still see that elegant evening-wear touches on some pieces such as the coats and the way the looks were styled, two things I adored about the show.
Also, I need those velvet heels in my life!
12- Badgley Mischka:
Almost every single pieces is a show-stopper with its elegance and sophistication as well bling. The black dress with ruby-like jewelles hanging around the model’s neck took my breath away and gave me endless inspiration.
I loved how a metallic suit was added to the collection as well, proving that you don’t have to be wearing a dress or showing skin to look fabulous.
Such a stunning show!
13- Michael Kors:
I haven’t seen such a diverce group of models on the catwalk of a famous designer in a while, so I was absolutely delighted by the modern and relevant look of each and every one of them wore.
The designer wanted to celebrate the individuality and uniqueness of each woman by featuring different styles regardless of trends. Having this show presented on Valentine’s Day made its message that more important and powerful.
14- Marc Jacobs:
One can always count on Marc to close fashion week with a bang. This time, he went full-on eightis, with a tad more exaggeration to make it catwalk-worthy and an unforgettable show. From the ultra big shoulders making models look like an upside down triangle, to the big bows, fanny packs and tpical eighties colours, everything ws present.
The headscarves were honestly my favourite, especially paired with a completely covered and demure outfit, although the shapes were a bit too over the top, they were still more hijab-worthy than the rest of the shows for sure.
As per usual, the fanny packs cuaght my eye, making me want one in all the colours of the rainbow.