There’s still two days to go of Paris Fashion Week, but I already have some firm favourites from the AW 16 catwalks….
If you were still unconvinced the 80s are going to be reigning supreme by this time next year, look no further than the amazing Loewe show (cat pendants optional), while bi-coastal American label Simon Miller continues to become one of my favourite new brands with every single piece as covetable as the next.
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a girl that doesn’t covet Chloe’s army of shearling outerwear, knitted dresses, belted leather and general ‘je ne sais quoi’ breed of Parisian cool. Even cooler that its actually a Brit Clair Wright-Keller that’s behind it all… Butterscotch, burgundy and cream all featured in the oversized, effortless silhouettes that are enough to make me long for winter all over again. My thing for neckerchiefs and knotted scarves got reaffirmed too, while the boots and bags of the season were simpler than previous collections, unadorned and appearing well-worn and much-loved.
I loved the twist on power dressing Jonathan Anderson sent down the Loewe runway this season, with some serious accessories to boot. Not a cat lady? There’s still plenty to get on board with, from the leather bodices over t-shirts to the netted and ruched textures and statement gold circle jewellery that adorned cuffs, ears and necks. Get ready to belt your waist and layer in totally new ways (see Rosie Assoulin for more amazingness when it comes to new shapes and styling tricks).
Super wearable and exactly the sort of beautiful, timeless separates you want to fill your wardrobe with, I can’t get enough of this label right now. Those mustard silk kimono jackets and house coats are the stuff of dreams while the little details like black socks with thick-soled clogs and classic hoodies over coats are not to be overlooked. I love that the presentation was held in a Tribeca rug store too…
Sleek, black, buckled and belted, Calvin Klein’s AW 16 collection stayed true to its trusted 90s roots, feeling like an elegant ode to The Craft. I loved the velvet chokers and agate slice inserts in the pleated, bias-cut dresses. Masculine and incredibly sexy all at once, Francisco Costa proves black and braless never goes out of style.
After a a bit of a lull for a couple of seasons, I am an out and proud Philophile once more. Celine was so up my street this season, I saved pretty much every look onto my desktop. Knots, wraps and ties added texture and detail to the neutral colour palette while layered tunics over long, languid trousers with flat, leather sandals is enough to make you hang up the skinny jeans for the forseeable future. The coats were a real highlight as was the new way to wear your bag; clutched in your hand whatever the style and size. Overall the paired-back feel, from the palette and accessories to the hair and makeup, spoke to me far more than some of her more colourful, abstract collections have, despite the critical acclaim they rightly deserved. Celine, you’ve stolen my heart all over again.
Another super wearable collection with a price point that’s at the accessible end of the catwalks, I always love a bit of Tibi. True its not breaking any boundaries or doing anything revolutionary, but it is providing relaxed , simple pieces with a twist that work on so many levels. Plus I have an eternal weakness for lurex, silk slip dresses and grubby-looking khakis so it was a bit of a no-brainer to flag this one.
What shows have you been loving?