Fashion month concluded this past Wednesday with Paris as a backdrop, concluding jam-packed weeks of runways that had us all salivating onto our iPhones. “The Big 4” of fashion weeks – New York, London, Milan, and Paris – gave us ample examples of what to look for this coming fall. Aura 32 reflected on our favourite looks from New York Fashion Week in our February edition, so it’s only fitting that we do our roundup of the best look from London, Milan, and Paris.
It would be inappropriate to speak of London Fashion Week without discussing Burberry, a brand that is the epitome of London fashion. The label presented a collection of structure and asymmetrical pieces, shirt dresses as well, with trenchcoat dresses being the main event. With Burberry’s stamp on the fashion world being their classic trench coat, it’s no surprise that they create a dress of similar fashion.
Next on our favourites is Roland Mouret’s collection that made us feel like the seventies were brought in to 2017. The colour palate as well as the hemlines and prints fitted well into this trend. However, what left me impressed was his incredible skirts that seemed to make the traditional sarong look expensive, desirable and appropriate for everyday wear.
Third was Erdem’s take on the juxtaposition of culture in fashion. According to their website, all the pieces in this collection “have an English propriety, embellished with Ottoman character to become something more interesting.”
The spotlight then travelled to Milan, where big names in Italian fashion were at the forefront of attractions. Giorgio Armani used “juxtapositions and colour as an expressive gesture,” according to their official YouTube Channel. Plus, does this look (left) not look like what “Annie Hall” would’ve worn today?
Roberto Cavalli coined their collection as “divine decadence…sinuous women of the Art Nouveau, fused with the attitude of today.” The garments were luxe and gothic, fur and lace being a common thread between each look that went down the runway.
Speaking of luxe, Dolce & Gabbana was the epitome of luxury and Italian culture. Between the fur, florals, and leopard prints, this show screamed glamour; the addition of models of babies and children in the roster added a new depth to the show as well.
The grand finale of fashion month took place in the most appropriate location: Paris. Giambattista Valli showed a rougher side of femininity, with the juxtaposition of Victorian-gothic looks and lace. The high neck lines and ruffles were fluid throughout their collection, but each look also managed to be unique and timeless.
Saint Laurent changed things up with a two-part show. The show, according to ELLE Magazine, explored “the paradoxes and tensions of a contemporary Saint Laurent femininity.” The first part of the show was full of leather, lace, and, muted tones, while the second part had the theme of sparkle. However, the sparkle still managed to give off an edgy-vibe and stay true to the theme.
Another show that seemed to have two parts was Haider Ackermann, whose looks seemed to be divided by cozy looks and sexy, leather heavy pieces. Nicole Phelps, the director of Vogue Runway, rounded up the collection perfectly when she wrote that the collection had “straightforward lines in an uncluttered pallette.”
Written by: Jamie Hoholuk
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