One of my personal favorite things is to see how each designer tells a story about their woman season after season. Where is she going? What is her mission? Will she be going to work in the city or lounging about in a coffee shop with friends? Is she a mother, a leader, an associate, an artist, an athlete, a minimalist, a romantic? Or is she all of the above? Designers empower women. For some obscure reason, every season we see similar ideas, trends, color schemes, and designs from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. One might ask how does such a strange phenomenon happen every season? Do the designers secretly have a conference with one another and decide what will make them money with the coming season? With a dedicated amount of time and thought, I’ve compiled images (courtesy of style.com) that display the similar yet very different clans, trends, and designs of this coming season. Many houses catered to different types of customer all within one collection: women who love glitter, women of the future, women of the past(mainly the 60’s and some from the Edwardian era), women who are rebels, women who portray themselves as an illusion of stripes, women who wear profuse amounts of blue and green, women who wish to remain cozy. This season, women were empowered as game changers in their environment by the designers.
Ladies Who Wear Illusions
Out of every trend this season, the use of line and illusion was the most used. I couldn’t stop smiling because with many designers, this was a reoccurring theme within the collection and I pose my previous stated question: how do the same trends and ideas pop up within many collections? Lines in a profound print, lines as a layered textile, pin stripes that are blurred and fade into a gradual gradients, herringbone print etched or quilted into the fabric, immense and bold graphics that evolve into a line, or simple lines that fall into an illusion, and more were imprinted into the minds of some of the most influential creatives. Do expect to see this trickle down into H&M, and Zara or Top Shop. With a trend that was spearheaded this big, the fast fashion businesses will take advantage of such a huge idea. I love that you get lost while looking into the lines and on some, your eyes begin to hurt. Simply brilliant!
Ladies Of The 60’s
The mod era: when many would argue ready-to-wear fashion had it’s humbling beginnings. The 60’s was the sexual revolution for women, the pill had been officially legitimized, women were exposing more skin than ever, and it was okay to do so! The bangs with the long hair were and still are notoriously present. With a modern twist designers like Nicolas Ghesquière and Hedi Slimane took hold of this new woman and spruced her up therefore making her ready to handle the updated wiles of the 21st century.
Ladies Who Wish To Live In Comfort
Above all, this woman values comfort along with a hint glamour. Mainly comfort. Copious layers create a warm and billowing ensemble. Cocoons of fur, wool, knitwear with an occasional nylon vest or jacket to match cascaded down the runway. In this day and age, it’s chic to wear your pajamas underneath a fur coat with what might looks like a menswear dress shoe. The amalgamation of layers and ideas compliment each other well.
Ladies In Green
All shades of green popped up on the runway. Neon green, hookers green, mint green, dark forest green, lime green, olive green, hunter green, yellow green, any shade of green one can think of was seen all over the runway. Green is the color of the coming season with a bold blue right behind it. The color green represents peace, and harmonious balance. It transcends ease, from the mind to the heart. Green empowers women, and more than ever with this coming season.
Ladies In Glitter
Glitter dresses and glitter coats galore are awry. Oddly enough, they don’t look cheap or tacky but rather quite luxurious and elegant.
Ladies of the Edwardian Era
I do wish there was more of an Edwardian presence on the runway this season, as it is personally my favorite era of fashion. Long draped gowns, gloves and sleeves that concealed the arms, huge hats adorned with feathers that one could see from a mile away, necklaces that could slink down to the torso and not be considered ghastly. Hopefully, the industry will spearhead more of this in the coming future, not only because this era was only a little more than a century ago, but rather this was a period of time in which women could truly announce their presence to their surroundings. My Fair Lady or Mary Poppins comes to mind of the women in that age. Poor, rich, young or old; a woman could say something more of herself with her conservative yet bold and outrageous style.
Ladies in Black
Black is a necessity with every fall and winter season, it’s common knowledge. Some designers have even seen it as a necessity with the spring/summer season lately. However, with this season, I’ve compiled a list of ladies who simply look extreme and bad-ass. Black always makes the wearer look confident, whether they be in mourning at a funeral or on their way to take their vengeance against an enemy, it tells a story nonetheless.
Ladies of Fantasy
These are the women from tales of yore who inspired and frightened us as children. These are the women one would see on tapestries or in pre-Raphaelite paintings, or in the fine illustrations of old story books. Witches, princesses, noble ladies, and female heroines alike made a subtle or in some cases bold (Dolce & Gabbana) on the runway. I can see many women from those novels and stories I read as a child in these dresses if they were alive today.
Ladies in Blue
Have you ever seen so many different shades of bold blue? Like the green trend, blue also held a strong influence on designers this season. If you have anything blue, dear god, do not keep it in your closet! Blue is perceived as depth, and stability. It symbolizes wisdom and intellect, it is a color many take comfort in (hence why many businesses and corporations have blue apart of their icon like Facebook, Twitter, Groupme, United Airlines, Skype).
Ladies In Leopard/Cheetah Print
Though I personally am not an avid fan of leopard/cheetah print (it usually looks tacky and poorly done), this season, it looked luxurious, and tasteful. This could be apart of the 60’s section as fur prints were huge back then, but it deserved it’s own section as most of these designs are modern (besides Carven).
Ladies Of The Future
To conclude this post, I wish to celebrate the designers who look forward instead of into the past. Yes, the futuristic trend has become somewhat of a cliché (thank you, editors at Vogue), but the designers are pretty genuine about this woman of the future. From the runway we see original silhouettes, characters or heroines who would fit into the worlds of Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, or possibly George Orwell’s 1984. Regardless, this woman is on the move, she’s somewhat of an abstract minimalist, she’s ready for the apocalypse, and she oozes confidence.
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