Fashion Loves the Past
So many wonderful collections from Pre-Fall 2019. Each designer so unique, that I struggle to sum up the season. There are many though that took one of fashion’s favourite routes – that of diving back into the archives for inspiration. Including Ancient Egypt at Chanel, Baroque & Ancient Rome at Moschino and plenty of ’90s inspiration as is the current trend.
That scene in Clueless where Cher is going out with Christian & her father tells her to cover up her Calvin Klein mini dress & she covers it with a sheer jacket. I love a good transparent rain coat, like this trench from ALEXACHUNG.
If you know me, you know that I’ve adored all things Egyptian since I was a child. One of the first projects I did in Elementary school was on Ancient Egypt. When my mother would bring us to the museum as a child it was always my favourite exhibit, I loved making my name out of hieroglyphics and learning about the ancient practices of mummification. That being said, it’s surprise I love the inspiration for Chanel‘s Pre Fall 2019 collection. Throughout the show is much gold lamé, white gauze and beetles. While many of the pieces are a bit over the top for me to wear personally, I always appreciate when a designer uses inspiration to build a collection around a theme, or concept and when I can relate to it, it makes it all the more special to me.
Carolina Herrera‘s Pre-Fall 2019 collection was about exaggerated silhouettes, off the shoulder ruffles & perfectly tailored suits wrapped up with bows at the hip (my favourite current trend).
There’s so much to say about Christian Dior‘s Pre Fall 2019 collection. Elements of 1920’s with cloche hats, deep autumn colours & long layers. These looks could be plucked from a London platform eighty years ago. Paired with 1960’s knee high boots layered over wool socks and thigh grazing minis. The ankle-length sheer & lace layered skirts are still here from previous seasons & I’m still loving them.
Growing up my style icon was Gwen Stefani & everything was mixed prints, I particularly loved bold polka dots & stripes (my closet is still stock full with Bretton tops & other striped items). I also happen be a a huge fan of the lavender seen throughout Christian Siriano‘s Pre-Fall 2019 collection. That spaghetti strap top with the v cut is bringing me right back to 1998 and I’m loving every second of it.
Consistently one of my favourites, Erdem is always unique & feminine. The slinky silver floor length gown (again with the oversized waist bow) would be my dream NYE dress. Each season Erdem brings out the best floral prints – always keeping them young. The mustard & grey-blue are some of my favourite colour combinations. Lastly, those opaque floral tights are wonderful – perfect to dress up an all-black look.
Oscar de la Renta
Pure elegance at Oscar de la Renta So many designers have been putting oversized bows at the hip and I can’t wait to have something hanging in my closet like that. Beautiful & sexy evening wear, I can never resist stark white ostrich feathers.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi may be my favourite discovery of 2018 in the fashion world. I just adore their melange of prints & textures. Never shy from doing their own thing & designing outside the box.
That bedazzled collar from RED Valentino is absolutely stunning, on it’s own peeking out from a layered simple sweater. The look on the left would have been my go-to Valentine’s Day outfit when I was 13, so I had to pay homage.
Do these Reem Acra dresses not look like fairytale forests? I also love the gauzy bow on the back of the neck – such an easy piece to dress something up. I am also obsessed with impractical, sheer hooded capes since Rodarte’s Spring 2019 collection.
These cow skin clogs from Tory Burch will no doubt be a polarizing piece of footwear, but I love them. Cow print was splashed across the pages of fashion magazines when I was in junior high, and I was an avid consumer of all of them! My father wanted to encourage my brother and myself to do more reading, so he ordered us subscriptions to whichever magazines we wanted, so I subscribed to all the fashion magazines back then. Nostalgia gets me every time.
I’m currently writing this on Christmas Day (I’m so festive & social). For Christmas Eve I chose to watch Dog Day Afternoon to which my father remarked, “leave it to my daughter to pick the darkest movie to watch”. The same sentiment could be applied to my love of fashion – there is always room for more black lace – the darkest & most morbid of all textiles. This black lace skirt from Valentino is no exception.
I always look forward to what Marchesa will do each season. Highlights include the tuxedo inspired gown, & the sash bow layered across the hips in the last look amongst all the other beautiful pieces.
No shade – but this Gucci collection is all over the place & yet includes the largest selection of my favourite looks from Pre-Fall 2019. Keeping that in mind – I find it difficult to sum up. Though I would probably not wear many of these pieces myself, I do have an appreciation for the clothes. Like the pink leather skirt suit – 80’s Barbie. I would probably actually wear the brown poncho and navy skirt suit. I can’t tell if the silk robe is meant to be worn as a house robe, or out to dinner, but it is absolutely fabulous & would absolutely wear it to dinner. Finally that orange scarf & jacket is gorgeous.
Those of you who are also Canadian likely grew up watching Anne of Green Gables. How much does this Marchesa Notte collection remind you of The Lady of Shallott – being sent down the river in a boat full of flowers?
I happen love a Peter Pan collar, however I also feel like covering up to the neck is not the most flattering cut on me. I typically go for a scoop, or v neck. With this blouse from Sara Battaglia in the prettiest shade of strawberry ice cream you can have both.
Structure & exaggerated silhouettes at Dice Kayek, my favourite silhouette – the cupcake doll. Did anyone else have these growing up? The dolls which folded up into cupcakes & wore large hats made of icing & sprinkles – my eternal style icons.
Thank you for reading, do share your favourite pieces & lines below!