A Fresh Start
September is the month of reinvention and I’m feeling that in particularly strong ways this year. Since elementary school, September has been the month which starts things over, I’ve felt this always, even more strongly than New Year’s which for some reason has never been a reflective time for me. My birthday comes at the end of August and then so began school for twenty-two years of my life, each one starting with brand new wardrobe and perhaps a makeover, physically and sometimes mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Fashion is a wonderful and magical thing. Our clothes can serve as mementos, good & bad, can give us confidence and assist with our expression of ourselves. Fashion week in September is a time to set the tone for the new year, what will you wear, who will you be and what’s coming up next for you. I have great expectations for the 2018/2019 year, starting it all of with New York Fashion Week Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear.
I am the type to wear neutrals head-to-toe, but I do love a good 1960’s inspiration. This colourful maxi from Kate Spade looks like a daisy-covered muumuu could be taken right off Mama Cass circa 1965.
This may be my favourite Rodarte collection to date. Forgive me if I start weaving multiple rosebuds into my hair. Some of the pink pastel looks are currently serving as my desktop background on my work computer, I find the brand so inspiring and just love to look at the beautiful images. The collection was shown on a rainy day in an NYC graveyard (which appeals to my morbid taste – I did a speech on graveyards when I was nine years old!) – which served as a beautiful contrast to the gauzy and ethereal Rodarte dresses. Can we talk about the shoes for a moment too? This was Rodarte’s return to NYC fashion week after two years and it was everything & more. Makeup by NARS was the perfect addition, drawing inspiration from Picasso.
There was something Catholic about The Row this season. Many oversized floor-length shapeless robes, reminiscent of priests, nuns & The Pope. I adored this sheer dress though. I am totally here if we want to start bringing back the bubble skirt. The small vest over the sheer dress also brings something new to the tired- layering sheer over opaque.
Western meets feminine at Coach 1941 I absolutely adore the first sage green dress and the muted eggshell colours in the other dresses. Admittedly I’m not huge on western, but the vintage-style sheer dresses are absolutely up my street.
No one can stop talking about the Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 Ready to Wear collection – and with good reason. Exaggerated ruffs, rose appliqués, shoulders and dresses. Cupcake dresses aplenty, some which look reminiscent of what I recall colouring-in in my Barbie colouring book circa the early nineties.