Sequins for Fall
Paris fashion week for Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear was defined by glamour. My predictions for the seasons trends include black sequins- blazers, short shorts (the one’s that pair well with black sheer tights- see Saint Laurent & Miu Miu), hair accessories, alligator leather bags & the return of chunky heels. Of course this was the absolute final show for Karl Lagerfeld – his Chanel show for which we were all very excited to witness. I honestly expected a bit more, thought it was a week after his passing and and there was a commemoration for him at Fendi, I’ve always considered Lagerfeld synonymous with Chanel and expected them to do something HUGE, after all, the runway was where he loved to play with themes.
Scottish influence on the runway at Christian Dior. Reminiscent of Charlotte wearing the strapless, ankle length McDougal tartan dress at a party with Trey. The red and black loose knit sweater from the second look takes me back to Kurt Cobain in the Sliver video, anyone? It’s nice to see the return of pointed patent buckle shoes. We got a bit more of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s signature tulle & sheer ankle-lenghth skirts, this time with some new cuts and embellishments. Makeup included heavy sixties bottom lashes, which I’d be happy to welcome as the 2019 beauty trend, are girls over filling their lips yet?
I can’t figure out if I’m morbid, or if Dice Kayek designed a collection for the chicest funeral ever. I love a clean white button down, but attaching 3D white roses all over one has to be the most unique new take on it, and I have to have one. Dice Kayek is known for the bubble silhouette, structure and exaggeration. In that way, I’m loving the black velvet chunky heels, definitely seeing a return to this style within the collections for the coming season.
I love the stark white feather cap & Black Swan style makeup on the runway at Maison Margiela. Galliano almost seems to make clothes which are mysterious, unfinished and you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking at for the fashion house.
P.s. I’ve been listening to “THE MEMORY OF … with John Galliano”, it’s the Margiela podcast which you can find on Spotify and it’s my new current obsession. It’s a series of short narratives if you will, of Galliano telling stories about different aspects of Maison Margiela, for example a perfume, or one of his shows. It’s always set to dramatic music, the first one I listened to was set to a piece from Tchaicovsky’s Swan Lake (one of my favourite musical masterpieces), over which Galliano tells his story in the most wonderful way that he does. His distinct voice & beautiful accent are almost artistic in themselves and he is so well spoken, I feel more so even just by listening to him – hoping to adopt his ability to explain and conjure images through storytelling. His brilliance really does extend beyond his ability to design clothing and create a story through a collection. I love to hear him speak on just about any topic, his descriptions and way with words are fully of whimsy. Galliano has the ability to transport you through time and space both through his collections and spoken word. I think the next piece I do in my series, Designer 101 will be on the house of Dior. My first love in designer fashion, thanks to Galliano.
Revisiting the seventies with Hedi Slimane at Celine. Aviators, shearling jackets, mustards and browns and knee high boots. Also a resurgence of culottes, this time in new fabrics such as leather and sequin (I’m telling you, this is THE trend for Fall 2019). Although I do love this collection, as I did the two previous from Slimane and Celine, he continues to take the brand in a different direction from the signature minimalistic Celine we know.
These snakeskin loafers turned chunky heels from Givenchy are the ugly shoe we all need for Fall 2019. I also love them in black (I had these shoes in high school! They were from Le Château, my favourite store when I was thirteen). The Givenchy alligator handbag is absolutely stunning.
A seashell shaped purse complete with a strap comprised with a of a string of pearls, contrasted with oversized outerwear. I hope this Balenciaga outerwear trend makes its way into mainstream clothing next ear, we could certainly use coats like this in Toronto. The eighties revisited in oversized shoulders, exaggerated collars and the glamorous sleeping bag coat in a shimmering Barbie pink – makes winter almost bearable.
Karl's finale - the waltz of the snowflakes
Without a doubt the most highly anticipated show of Fall 2019 fashion month. While Karl Lagerfeld held his post at Fendi longer than Chanel, it’s safe to say that Chanel was his real pièce de résistance. His shows for the label were remarkable, pushing boundaries both in the pieces as well as the opulence of the runways themselves, including beaches, rocket ships and grocery stores. Karl was forever looking forward, turning Chanel, one of the most classic labels ever to exist into one of the most modern. In case you missed it, I wrote a piece on Chanel for Designer 101, much of it focuses on Lagerfeld’s influence on the label & the world of design at large.
For Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear the models glid down a winter wonderland runway in platform snow boots and snowflake dresses. The first half of the show saw embellished neckerchief’s in leather and many hair accessories – 2019 is the year of the hair barrette. The second half of the show was entirely in white, closing out with the likes of Kaya Gerber and Penelope Cruz closing out the show in ostrich feathered dresses – reminiscent of The Nutcracker’s Waltz of the Snowflakes.
I can’t get enough of Alexandre Vauthier‘s bubble dresses (even though we did see the centre look in his spring couture line). I particularly like the exaggerated hips on the look on the right. I believe it’s a romper – also a huge fan of the deep-v, structured shoulders and of course back sequins. The liquid-leather over the knee boots on the left, paired them with a very conservative plaid suit and white button down ads an element of surprise.
Known for their très, très chic black & white palette, sexy sheer stockings and bold structure, there’s no shortage of the classics at Saint Laurent fall 2019 RTW. This show is full to the brim of beautiful pieces. My personal faves are the exaggerated bows & shoulders (off-side, something a bit different, but allows them to go even bigger as it’s balanced out by leaving the second arm naked), the sexy, slinky satin gown (would love to pull this off), the full lace dress with bows down the front and of course the long sleeve dress with a bona fide platter tutu.
Overall a great fall 2019 fashion month from the big four. I’m very much looking forward to the collections coming out (not before summer though, & hoping that drags on for a while). What was your favourite & what are you taking away from the collections for fall?