A wrap-up on Fashion Month
By Sarah Kearns
Fashion Month ended in Paris last Wednesday and left us with a lot to look forward to when spring comes around again next year.
Moschino brought out highlighter yellow and traffic cone orange this season. That orange was no joke – the first section of the show was inspired by construction. The reflective stripes that run down a construction worker’s yellow vest made their way onto most looks, and the runway itself was decorated like a street under construction.
There was a form fitting dress with a “shop” sign made to look like a stop sign, caution tape bows and everything was yellow, orange and red. The second section of the show moved into a different theme, featuring dresses with big fringes that made the model look like part of an automatic carwash as bubbles filled the runway.
At Marni’s menswear show, shorter breasted coats and jackets were shown, similar to World War II soldier jackets. The collars extended down to the shirts second button and were thicker than most contemporary apparel. Pants were shown about an inch or so above the ankle, another easy trend to follow, and all of the looks were neutral. The pants did have a ‘90s vibe with their loose and wide fit, though not quite JNCO-style. Let’s hope the world never comes to that again.
Versace presented a concert atmosphere with a dark square runway and white laser-beam lighting. The first handfuls of looks were mostly forest green mini dresses – actually, blazers worn as mini-mini with a belt around waist. World War II jackets showed up for women, paired with green and purple animal prints. The looks were often accessorized with leather backpacks, matching the leather on the clothing. Throughout the show, rather than a typical runway instrumental, two women talk-sang, “you will ask yourself a series of questions, am I happy with who I am, am I happy with the people around me, am I happy with what I’m doing do I have a life or am I just living?” Definitely following the times in our age of self-acceptance.
Dior is keeping up the scalloped cut from last spring. It finished blazers, mini skirts, and shorts. Pleated tennis skirts were a bouncy addition to a structured blazer, and this wasn’t the only way Dior mixed casual and chic. Thick-knit cropped sweaters were paired with reverse scallop cut and structured bags finished the look as a pop of color. Otherwise, the collection was black and white. Scarves tied tightly around the length of the neck with no tail hanging also brought in some color.
Valentino brought out the shiny and metallic on their runway. It was layered over floral or printed in a floral pattern for spring. The dresses were simple, oversized camisole dresses under which brightly colored, plastic-looking bralettes poked through. The dresses were of a straight tulle-looking material, so they were sheer and then paired with fuzzy, pointed toe heels, something Cher from “Clueless” would totally wear.
Chanel, never one to be outdone, created an airport on their runway. Men walked out first wearing double breasted coats and those trending thick three-inch collars, frequently worn by designer Karl Lagerfeld. Then the women came out in blue eye shadow and sunglasses, framing their eyes like a sleep mask. Patent leather-trimmed blazers were constructed with material in patterns that looked like an airplane seat, in a subtle way (somehow). Nearly all outfits had a red, white and blue modern abstract print, and when they weren’t rolling suitcases, the models carried boxy top handle bags. Pastel florals made their way out toward the end of the show in the form of ruched ribbon, which ran down like stripes on white chiffon dresses.
As Fashion Month has come to an end, we’ll have to close our eyes as we trek through the 4 feet of snow soon to come, and imagine the day when the flowers bloom again and we can break out some of these trends.