And just like that… fashion month is a wrap! After some amazing shows in NY and Paris (which we rounded up here) some of the biggest, most influential names in fashion gathered in Milan and Paris for two weeks of amazing shows. We have to say, as excited as we are for it to start warming up in the city, PFW and MFW got us excited for fall/winter 2017. Not only did we get some serious outfit inspo from fashion’s heavy hitter designers, the supermodel runway walks and celebs sitting front row gave us LIFE. From ASAP Rocky rolling up to the Gucci show, to the return of CAKE (with Cara sporting a killer new platinum blonde do), to beautiful creations by Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and more, we almost couldn’t keep up.
It is often said that fashion reflects social and political times. In a time when politics are driving a divide between genders and races, feminist Donatella Versace took a stance with her FW17 collection. Known for dressing sexy, strong women, the designer adorned her colourful garments and accessories with bold lettering reading “equality, unity, loyalty, love” etc. The supermodel tribe strutted fiercely down the runway, their rebel looks complete with multi-colour hair and thick punk eyeliner. We definitely wouldn’t want to mess with this bunch. #girlpower
Dolce and Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana gave the power to the people by embracing personal style and inviting front row fixtures onto the runway. Following the success of their Men’s FW17 show, where influencers and YouTubers rocked the runway, Domenico and Stefano invited everybody and their mother (literally) to be a part of their FW17 show in Paris. Amongst the singers, actress, and bloggers who walked the show were Sofia Richie, Luckee Blue Smith and his girlfriend, as well as international bloggers Shea Marie and Aimee Song. All the “models” were Dolceified in ensembles, hair, and makeup that also reflected their own personal style. We can only imagine the HOURS of fittings it must have taken to put this show together.
There is no question about it, the supermodel era has returned and their names are Gigi, Kendall and Bella. In a day when these three ladies reign supreme, any designer would be lucky to have one of them in their show, let along all three. In many cases when two are cast in the same show, one opens and one closes the show. But Jeremy Scott chose to start his show with a bang, having the three ladies walk out one after the other. The collection featured clothes adorned and made with shipment boxes, shopping bags and bubble wrap. A narrative on today’s throw away culture? Or simply showing that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?
Another show that was stacked with supermodels, as it usually is, was Balmain. The collection was unmistakably Balmain, and we are sure we’ll see it on many a celeb (including the Kardashians) in the months to come. But what we really loved about this show was the hair and makeup. Models wore slicked back ponies complete with three tight braids on the top of their heads. A dark edgy eye was paired with a bold metallic plated lip, taking the lip ring trend to a whole other level. Can someone send us a tutorial stat?
Fenty x Puma
Rihanna makes good girls go bad and for this season those bad girls are going to detention. Playing on the rebellious theme, invites to the library where the show was held came in the form of a detention slip and models walked across the long library desks instead of a runway. The collection featured a daring combination of colours, lengths, and textures. Crop tops were layered over bodysuits or paired with long puffer jackets and many of the looks featured varsity lettering or lace up corset detailing.
Of course, fashion month wouldn’t be complete without a Chanel spectacle. Karl’s space-themed collection, complete with astronaut prints, metallic padded stoles and glittery moon boots, was just that. The show concluded with the Chanel space ship actually taking off, because fashion month isn’t over, until Karl Lagerfeld says it’s over.