New York Fashion week has now drawn to a close and we move onto London. Looking across the week, for me there were 5 shows that I absolutely loved. I’ve recently really gotten into the 70’s aesthetic, loving the colours, shapes and prints of the time, and both Michael Kors and Longchamp presented collections that embodied the era perfectly. Oscar De La Renta showed a sublime collection of mediterranean inspired pieces in rich hues and textures. Another of my favourites was Zimmermann, with an eye for details and their usual over the top flare tamed somewhat by the subdued palette and espionage influences. In contrast, at Carolina Herrera there was an unusually colourful collection for fall, but the pieces were both simple and elegant.
Take a look below for my favourite runway looks.
The high octane chic of Studio 54
– Michael Kors
Studio 54 and the starlets it immediately conjures were the inspiration for Kors Fall 19 collection. If there was any doubt as to the inspiration, the dresses emblazoned with Studio 54 cleared that up. What I particularly enjoyed was the influence and fascination this era had with the 20’s and 30’s, most notable in the hats and veils worn. I loved every look in this collection, the platforms, the exaggerated details, the feathered coats and the glitz. They styling was also incredible, with impeccable hair and make up to match every look.
I’m really here to make the woman self-confident
– Sophie Delafontaine
The Longchamp show was far more inspired by the bohemian nature of the 70s rather than the glitz on show at Michael Kors. I loved the layering, the little jackets and gilets over billowing skirts and a multitude of prints. Some critics argued the collection was “safe” but it is full of great classic pieces that really have a wearable feeling. Alongside the bohemian vibe, there was also a number of looks featuring the Longchamp monogram, suggesting the monogramming is a trend that will continue this year.
Oscar De La Renta
Wow. Where to start? The show was an absolute feast for the eyes and you can certainly feel the travel inspiration from Spain in every piece from the rich warm palette to the sumptuous textures. I love the fringing which featured heavily and is very reminiscent of the tassel shops you can find in Morrocan Souks. The tapestry inspired fabrics are beautiful and rich, evoking that feeling of mediterranean architecture and artwork. I love this collection, and think its warm and comforting while still being chic and very feminine.
A mysterious and brave woman, a chameleon who moves around in secrecy, strong and resilient, always so evasive so as never to be caught
– Nicky Zimmermann
Title “Eye spy” the collection was heavily influenced by espionage and sees a darker colour palette used than in previous collections, which I absolutely love and can’t wait to wear come autumn. Zimmermann does a sleeve detail well and I particularly love the voluminous cream blouse. I also love the plentiful amount of bows, softening up an otherwise harsher silhouette, throughout the collection. The wide waist belts and the soft leather are also winners and featured in many of the looks.
This Season I just wanted to make beautiful things
– Wes Gordon
The colours absolutely shine out of this collection, with beautiful dresses in an array of neon tones. I love the prints and bold palette paired with the refined elegance of each piece. It’s grown-up and ladylike but is also fun and makes you smile at the same time. For me the collection really stood out from the rest as being different and I think its the colour palette that made it so refreshing. I also particularly love the high neck look with ruffles, but I am a sucker for a ruffle, and I just think the whole collection is exquisitely cut.