I’m currently in transit from Miami to Toronto – where they’ve been experiencing -40ºC for the past two weeks whilst I’ve been tanning on Miami Beach & drinking Coladas in The Keys. That being said, the last thing I want to think about right now is how I’ll be layering up for next autumn’s weather, when I’m still worrying about my lack of layers for when I land back on Canadian soil in about two hours time. Alas, there are some beautiful pieces to admire in these collections for next fall & I have a few months before I have to worry about how I’ll be styling them. Although right about now, I’m more concerned about my next exit south and perhaps a permanent one to a more temperate climate.
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.
Couture week – when the die hard fashion girls travel to the world’s most romantic city to lose themselves in shimmering, gauzy fashion dreams. I sadly, have been losing my mind in the arctic tundra that is Toronto – keeping warm with thoughts of haute couture circus clowns, articles of clothing made of oversized bows and the most expressive fashion season of the year.
I have great appreciation for Balenciaga’s willingness to push boundaries in design. Even their ready-to-wear has elements of couture and futuristic inspiration. That kind of innovation has staying power in the fashion world. Today, over 100 years after their founding in 1917 in Spain, Balenciaga is still one of the hottest and most influential luxury fashion brands. You can thank Cristóbal Balenciaga for babydoll dresses, bubble skirts and knee high boots (& I do). The entire footwear sections of department stores are currently filled with sock shoes/boots and chunky running shoes… but we all know who’s original design that is.
One of my favourite ever dresses is a Luella Bartley design – the yellow tea roses dress (first seen on Alexa Chung) with the heart cutout over the neckline, which I featured in this post here. This dress, from Luella’s final collection for Spring 2010 is the definitive Luella aesthetic. Über feminine & youthful with a dash of whimsy.