I had originally planned to do a post for each of the ‘big 4’ fashion weeks, but this years SS collections have all been so strong it was actually proving more difficult to talk about each of the weeks individually, rather than just picking my favourite collection from each.
Don’t get me wrong, picking one favourite from each has been beyond difficult, but I have been so impressed by this years shows I couldn’t help but write about at least some of them! So here goes…
NYFW: Coach // SS18
When it comes to fashion I’m incredibly tactile and how my clothes feel ranks very highly on my list of priorities when it comes to choosing clothing. Coach provided a collection for Spring 18 which, in my opinion, is gorgeously feminine, and appears to have focused greatly on tactility, with satin and fur making an appearance. It was really nice to see Coach’s eveningwear in the spotlight just as much, if not more so, than their infamous accessories. I can confess myself that my attention was not at all on the accessories- the satin and sheer pastel slips detailed with lace and beautifully embellished, ooze opulence, and in my opinion, stole the show. If I could have any piece from NYFW, it would definitely be the Mimosa coloured satin slip. Coach really surprised me and that’s why it’s my favourite from NYFW. Generally speaking I think people associate Coach their gorgeous handbags, but this show made it clear that the creative director Stuart Vevers is keen to venture beyond this more so into clothing, and wow did he do a gorgeous job.
LFW: ERDEM // SS18
Having found out recently that Erdem was getting ready for a highly anticipated collaboration with H&M, I was interested to see whether the Erdem collection itself may have been toned down in order to appeal to the mass market he would be opening himself, and his brand, up to with this collab. However, this almost certainly was not the case. The collection was rife with everything from gorgeous richly patterned, to pretty pastel gowns, all of which are in keeping with his very much formal and elegant approach to evening wear. Although there were a number of long-sleeved and high-neck pieces, which Erdem is almost renowned for, the inclusion of strapless and straight cut necklines gave some of the gowns a sexy edge. A couple of the looks also featured ornate bralets with coordinating patterned trousers and skirts (not what I consider classic Erdem at all), which made me wonder whether this was his nod towards what we can expect from his highstreet collaboration. His delicately feminine, yet bold collection was a real standout for me and if this is anything to go by, his collection for H&M will be a beautiful success.
MFW: Dolce & Gabbana // SS18
There’s nothing I appreciate more than a distinguishable collection and Dolce and Gabbana almost certainly delivered on that part. This collection is representative of not only their brand, but also their Italian heritage and it couldn’t of been done in a more gorgeous way. From t-shirt dresses with a print of Pomodoro sauce on them, to unmistakably D&G embroidered and embellished jackets and skirts, this collection truly was an extension of the minds of the designers, and the way in which they managed to marry together their heritage with their brand, is truly is a marker of their talent and a perfect example of well executed self-expression. Additionally, I often find that a lot of SS collections blur the lines between SS and AW, but this collection really made me want to go on holiday- which is what I think a SS collection should do! This show made me smile, and you could really see that everyone there, both audience and models, were really enjoying themselves, and I think the quality of ‘fun’ at shows often goes underappreciated.
PFW: Chanel // SS18
Now out of all of the ‘big 4’ fashion weeks, Paris gave me a very hard time when it came to picking a favourite. Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton were obviously huge contenders but Chanel just pipped them to the post as everything about the show truly left me in awe. Firstly, the venue- The Grand Palais, where six, ten foot waterfalls had been constructed around the catwalk- you don’t get much more jaw-dropping than that for a show setting. And then the collection. The whole thing just oozed Chanel elegance. The runway was graced crisp whites and pastels, in the form of infamous tweed two pieces and gorgeously tailored dresses. What I really loved though was how all of the looks, and the theme of water, were married together by the accessories- most noticeably the perspex boots, ponchos and rain hats. This gave the collection a beautiful coherency and, for loss of a better phrase, made this a REAL collection. Each piece had its own sense of belonging within the collection and this was made ever clear in the shows finale. Karl Lagerfeld never ceases to amaze me with how he has managed to keep the essence of Coco Chanel alive for 34 years- a true genius and the most charming end to fashion week.