As the lover of fashion that I am, I am constantly sourcing new shows, collections, trends, designers: the like… to ensure that I am aware of what the current fashion scene is exhibiting. This SS has really stricken me in terms of the sheer amount of change that has occured. From the passing of legends and the rising of new, it has been an interesting handful of months to say the least. But with Summer’s end upon us and AW upon the foreseeable horizon, here is a brief overview of my favourite shows, trends I have enjoyed and my personal misses.
Notable shows of the year so far…
ELIE SAAB aw19/20: What can I say?! Consistently outstanding ready-to-wear. Boots, ribbons, glitz- seamlessly chic and feminine. I found myself absolutely in awe of all of the garments amongst the past few seasons.
ALEXANDER WANG aw19/20: Has always been a firm favourite and I still haven’t been given a reason to doubt. Beautifully cast. Executed perfectly. Trench coats and blazers are absolutely everything. Pure euphoria.
CHANEL aw19/20: Simply magical. A beautiful send off and an iconic show which will withstand the generations. Watched with tears brimming in my eyes. Amazing.
FENDI aw19/20: Structured, feminine and elegant. Beautiful colourways. Enjoyed the lightweight fabrics amongst the collection; a very refreshing twist on what is ubiquitously displayed amongst typical AW garments.
DOLCE & GABBANA aw19/20: Personally, the execution of the show was just not for me. The constant narration throughout the show seemed oddly cheesy and dated, though the intention to throw us back into fashion’s past (50’s seemingly), was certainly achieved. Despite this, i thoroughly enjoyed the masculine, clean cuts of the jackets and coats. But the heavily floral prints were not for me.
CELINE aw19/20: Seriously wearable and stylish. Impressed.
ALEXANDER McQUEEN aw19/20: The collection appeared to be commonly androgynous, gothic and dark as per, yet but undoubtedly glamorous. I thought that the choice of makeup in particular was very complimentary of the clothes, as it was dismal and did not distract from the beauty of the collection itself.
GIVENCHY aw19/10: Very underwhelming for me, based on my love for last years collections. The poofy and somewhat… rounded sleeves and necklines were a personal absolute miss. Saying this I did find that the heavily-tailored appearance of the blazers and trousers throughout the collection, was chic. All in all, I was left somewhat unimpressed.
BURBERRY aw19/20: Not what I expected of Burberry at all, yet it was very interesting and i was compelled throughout. Trendy, hip and fresh.
YOHJI YAMAMOTO aw19/20| Menswear: Mythic, timeless and beautiful. I was captivated by the longline, oversized fits as well as the diverse range of models. I was getting anime character antagonist vibes throughout.
VETEMENTS aw19/20: Exciting, quirky, unpretentious streetwear. The collection felt very apocalyptic yet still effortlessly cool.
GUCCI aw19/20: Wow. I was left speechless after first watch. I have to say I am not usually a fan of Gucci and tend to skip over their shows out of habit, however this collection was incredible. From the pieces themselves to the eerily unsettling atmosphere of the show, I was enthralled and surprisingly very impressed.
ACNE STUDIOS aw19: Youthful and cool. I don’t think this man can do any wrong.
ALYX ss19: Once again effortlessly cool and grunge-esc. I wish I could take the whole collection for my keeping.
LOUIS VUITTON aw19| Menswear: Incredible. I can pick no fault in the show nor the collection. Even down to the minute details, just beautiful. Impeccable macs and to-die-for jackets. The bags are also stunning.
LOUIS VUITTON ss20| Menswear: Absolute art. Virgil Abloh is pure genius and I love the direction Louis Vuitton is taking in his lead. The colour scheme, location, music, atmosphere, models… perfection.
Trends that I have loved…
- BAGS. BAGS. BAGS and more BAGS.
I was just recently discussing with a friend how I feel that this year has been spectacular for the bag scene. Like… seriously good! I am in absolute awe of the dinky bag trend and hope that it is here to stay. From the colour pallets, to handles, to texture, to size, I truly believe that bags have been more stylish than ever this spring/summer.
2. SUNBURNT ORANGE & DEEP RED
I have seen these colours absolutely everywhere. Many may say that neon has thrived over the past few months, and I agree. However I just can’t seem to take my eye off of these colours. Also frequently fused together via print, these two colours are classy yet vibrant and fun.
3. BLAZERS PAIRED WITH SKIRTS
This trend will never cease in my books. I absolutely love the girly, powerful and sexy look that can be achieved when the two pieces are paired together.
4. BLEACHED DENIM
I love the crisp and youthful look of light-wash denim during the summer months.
Trends that I have disliked, and in some cases despised…
- NEON- disliked
- CYCLING SHORTS- seriously despised
- FRINGES and TASSELS- despised
- LEOTARDS- disliked
And that concludes my somewhat jumbled overview of the fashion year so far. I hope you found reading my opinions even mildly interesting.