Fashion Month '15 Highlights:
1. Alessandro Michele debut at Gucci.
We were all excited when Nicolas Ghesquiere gave over his first Louis Vuitton collection last year, all positive unanimous reviews as expected from this creative genius.
This year it was all about Alessandro at Gucci! Michele presented us with a young, fresh take on Gucci yet some how kept it's heritage. There was a sense of androgyny, like a women walked into a (very classy) mans cupboard and put together an outfit. Overall this marriage between Alessandro and Gucci seams like one that might last.
This season we went on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Raf Simmon's Dior collection took us back to the 60's with the thigh high leather boots, psychedelic print pant suits and mini dresses. We had a taste of the 70's with Tom Fords fringe and denim, Burberry's patch work, suede (and then some more fringe) and Heidi Slimane gave us a naughty rock and roll 80's vibe at Saint Laurent. One surprising collection was Versace who kept it quiet relevant with large V E R S A C embellished on the garments along with a few logos # and @ !
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are two designers who are very current and busy with their social media. #dgfamily was a project they started as a way to celebrate family. A collection of photographs on their website from around the world showing different kinds of family portraits. This collection seemed to be a branch off this project celebrating who matters the most... Mamma! "Babies, it's the accessory of the season" Karlie Kloss jokes as the collection shows models, 11 of which are carrying their babies as well as a very beautiful and pregnant Bianca Balti. The dresses were covered with drawings (some of which the designers drew themselves and others were the printers child drawings). It was a very heart warming, meaningful collection.
Karl Lagerfeld has really been pushing the boundaries recently, if that's even possible. He creates a hype towards his upcoming shows and then presents us with a theme and a story that is so portrayed into his collection it's like almost like watching a Broadway show. This season Karl created Brasserie Gabrielle, a chic restaurant with a Parisian 60's vibe yet kept the collection very modern and today.
Since Jeremy Scott took the helm at Moschino it had become an impatient wait for his collection each season, wondering what will be his next vision. Always like no other show Scott presented us with high fashion sponge bob (words you would never put together) Mc'Donald quilted bags, later on Barbie made an appearance. So when he decided his muse for this collection would be his 'toy perfume' the theme became 'ready to wear and ready to bear'. A fun feel good show with just the right amount of Looney tunes!
Valentino presented us with a serious, romantic and feminine collection with garments so detailed it could of been couture. Pier Paolo Piccioli described this show to be the most personal show him and co designer Maria Grazia Chiuri have created, presenting their serious side with their garments and then surprising the audience with an unexpected Zoolander cameo. Proving that you can have fun with fashion.