Charting the trends from Fall/Winter ’18 at Fashion Week was no easy feat as fashion houses tried to outshine each other in bringing back every imaginable category in fashion history’s timeline. New York Fashion Week just wrapped up and in a world of socio-political complex arguments, these are the designers that took a breather on behalf of us and spearheaded the optimistic mindset that each and everyone should have.
1. Coach 1941
Utter the words “rodeo” or “country” in his presence and the brand’s creative director Stuart Vevers, would tell you he prefers to call it “prairie.” Set in a dark and dimly lit forest, Coach’s new collection boasts of dark-based florals yet in flowy long tiered dresses, whip stitching, bandana prints, leather, and detailed outerwear in tassels, fur and feathers. The stand-alone power of the pieces makes it wearable in a climate as bipolar as ours. Vevers definitely pushed beyond the boundaries of being a “heritage leather brand” and elevates Coach’s traditional aesthetic into a much more appealing one to the millennial generation.
2. Kate Spade
Country girl meets city girl in Coach’s Fall/Winter line. For Deborah Lloyd’s last collection as the brand’s creative director for 10 years, her signature cute and quirky aesthetic was translated through details in embroidery and embellishments instead of the usual cheeky accessories that millennials love and find Instagram-worthy. Soft silhouettes, smocking, lace, fringe and billowy sleeves were a healthy counterbalance to heavy fabrics in denim and tweed, patchworks and dark tones and also a mix of masculine and feminine pieces.
3. Marc Jacobs
If you’re someone who scrolls through Instagram endlessly, you’ve probably seen a photo of Zendaya wearing an oversized color-blocked suit at the Vanity Fair & Lancome Paris Toast in Hollywood a few days ago. She donned the piece straight out of the Marc Jacobs runway and it blew everyone’s minds away. For his Fall/Winter line, Jacobs brings back the 80s Power woman. Sharp hats, sharp haircuts (by Guido Palau), oversized suits, huge scarves, and extravagant necklines, waists and hips in jewel tones were all the rage at the runways. If Ursula of Little Mermaid were a rich woman on land and not sea, she would be draped in Marc Jacobs from head to toe.
4. Michael Kors
For his Fall/Winter line, Michael Kors made sure that he would uplift and push through the diverse mix of fashion week ranging from the casting up to the collection itself. He enlisted a vast array of muses namely Courtney Love, Margot Tenenbaum, Solange Knowles to Zendaya, Sabrina or even Jackie Kennedy. There was heritage dressing, punk influences, refined evening wear, sporty street style, checks, florals, and camou in bright tones. It was an eclectic mix but despite the countless style inspirations and prints and patterns to choose from, Kors pulled it off and made everything look well-put together.
5. Tory Burch
Bouncing through a field of carnations, Tory Burch is all about elegant nonchalance this season. Relaxed, laidback and uncomplicated silhouettes juxtaposed with sporty inspired garments in exaggerated proportions were a contrast of masculine and feminine frocks. Everything was easy on the eyes with neutral and classic colors in ivory, navy blue, black, beige and accentuated in brights like fuchscia, mustard and royal blue dominated the runway.
In the Philippines, Coach 1941, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Tory Burch are exclusively distributed by Store Specialists Inc. Philippines and is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-La. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.