Welcome at Boulevard Chanel. What is unique about this collection? “They’re all pieces everyone can play with. No ’60s, no ’70s, no whatever, more mode de vie than mode.” (Karl Lagerfeld)
16th century Spanish colonization in Sicily is what inspires this vibrant collection. Corrida!
Couture techniques were brought this season to the masses, referencing the 18th century French royal court attire fused with the uniforms of pilots, astronauts and even school girls and skaters as inspiration.
Prada found a way to take the sartorial codes of 70s and bring them forward to today.
This season, the designers gave their audience a cultural awakening, leaning on the idea of the 18th century custom of the “Grand Tour.” A voyage that the designers explained in their show notes that was, “an educational trip taken by cultured young Europeans to explore the art, philosophy and traditions of Italy.”
Slimane turned his attention to California in the 1970s, at the height of the anti war movement; there the worlds of hippies, folk music, rock, surf culture, and war veterans melted together to create one of the most diverse moments in recent history, inspiring this collection.
The show had feel of Black Pearl pirate meeting Goth girl at a rock concert. This was a combination helped by shirts embellished with tattoo like images, open-toe lace boots, that pushed this collection into the realm of dress up.
The IT-item of the season? Mid-rise velvet flares which came in about 6 different colour and print-ways; retro collection was re-imagined for today, made modern with patent trims, sharp, nipped waists and covetable monogram chain bags.
DRIES VAN NOTTEN
The collection was about “a girl who loves festivals – Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Burring Man – and she loves nature and she doesn’t follow rules, so she puts on clothes that she wants”, explained the designer.
Philo gave her minimalistic aesthetic a new sense of character through proportions and movement. Visually striking knitwear tank dresses that burst into lively yarn fringe along the hem, tunic tops and shift dresses energized by bands of fabric flapping loose at the sides, and the long tops with the sides scooped out or the neckline sliced back, were the most favorite looks.
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