Fashion Week is almost over (with Louis Vuitton showing this morning in Paris) and there has been a ton of social media posts about who wore what and what parties were where and which shows featured Kendall Jenner (surprise – pretty much all of them). And there have been some outstandingly exquisitely wonderfully gorgeous pieces and collections – Stella McCartney, The Row, Valentino, Mary Katrantzou, Marchesa and so on. Fashion Month is also filled with the BEST best best street style and crazy collaborations (can we have a moment for the madness that is Jeremy Scott for Moschino and Miley Cyrus launching her ‘Dirty Hippie’ artworks on the runway? Shame). But this is expected – I mean it is Fashion Week Season after all. And New York, London, Milan and Paris are not short of divas and fashionistas.
So what made Spring/Summer 15 different? One simple answer – the shows. I am talking about the actual concept and production of this season’s showcases. I think designers are realizing the value in an outstanding piece of theatre (some have been doing this for ages of course but it seems more prevalent this season than any other) because the desire for original design is a utopian one. Silhouettes have been exhausted, the high street replicates collections within minutes and ‘normcore’ has become a thing. SIES.
But SS ’15 has spoilt us with innovative brilliance and the most mesmerizing productions. There were several designers/houses that wowed with their creative concepts – Opening Ceremony produced a play featuring Karlie Kloss’ acting debut to showcase their new collection (casually directed by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill), Thom Browne had models dressed as life-size flowers on stilts, Dior showed at The Louvre and had massive mirrors reflecting the iconic French institution, Dolce & Gabbana closed with all models dressed in the exact same Spanish-inspired red shorts and white dress shirts and Dries Van Noten had an installation – a common choice this season. The house of McQueen thrilled as usual with giant white flowers used as entrance pieces on the runway and Cristian Siriano had door frames plotted along the runway through which models swanned (not dissimilar to local talent Suzaan Heyns’ MBFWJ 2013 by the way). All very exciting for editors and fashion influencers that attend 8 shows a day everyday for a month.
But here are my favourite shows from this Fashion Month. Ps I’m talking shows, not collections.
Be warned, this might take a while because what is about to follow is NEXT LEVEL. Like, unnnnnbeeeeleeeeeev. I DIE. OBSESSED
1. Polo Ralph Lauren, New York Fashion Week
Customized Polo shirts (much like the ahhhmazing-to-die-for customized Stella McCartney ponchos seen all over the streets of the fashion capitals) for bloggers and models attending the shows was just the start with a show held in Central Park with a 60 foot tall, 150 foot wide 4D holographic water feature showing models strutting around the city. STOP IT.
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2. Marc for Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs International, New York Fashion Week
Two killer shows? Only Marc Jacobs could pull that off. We were first presented the gift of Marc for Marc Jacobs where the runway was setup to look like the coolest European nightclub you’ve never been to. Massive triangular light structures in flashing neon colours and hot models? Sign me right up.
But then, thennnnnnn. Marc trumps himself with the Marc Jacobs MASTERPIECE. All pink from the runway to the chairs to a huge customized doll house and Beats by Dre headphones on every seat so that guests including Anna Wintour could listen to the specifically chosen spoken word soundtrack. Plus models-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid leading a flock of bare-faced, black-bangs-bobbed beauties.
3. Jean Paul Gaultier Ready-To-Wear, Paris Fashion Week
Ok so I am already obsessed with this man after going to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican in London where mannequins had real-life faces projected onto them and spoke to you as you walked through the genius that is the designer’s life work. Now, for his final show after more than three decades, the prince of punk and overt sexuality has done it again. “Miss Jean Paul Gaultier” – a showcase of brilliance and pure, unadulterated fun. Models came out as characters (like Gigi as Miss Sunshine) and were even dressed as famous figures of the industry – Carine Roitfeld, Grace Coddington, Franca Sozzani and Suzy Menkes who Instagrammed a pic of herself just to show how f**king cool she is!
4. Chanel, Paris Fashion Week.
I actually cannot handle this. King Karl you bloody GENIUS! This is one of the most brilliant things I have ever seen because, once again, Lagerfeld has proven the relevance of fashion and been so in-the-moment that it is thrilling to watch. I mean let’s be real, Chanel shows (shown at The Grand Palais which is completely taken over by the fashion house and reconstituted in luxurious dream worlds) are always inspiringly innovative but this? I cant. Spring/Summer 2010 we had the “Cowboys and Indians” collection shown in a barn. Last year we had the supermarket.
This year: Chanel Boulevard and A PROTEST. Moreover, a feminist protest. With models on megaphones. And Gisele walking for the first time in years. #ZEITGEIST. I seriously can’t even describe how brilliant this is, and if you don’t understand why it is so powerful then you are stupid and you suck.
Fashion Month may not be over yet but bloody hell it has been magical to cover. I cannot wait to see what these creatives come up with next year.
Until next time xxx