Fashion Week

For the past month, fashion week in the top cities around the world has showcased designer clothing for the upcoming 2016 fall and winter season.

New York and London fashion week were all about mixing up traditional duds with new takes on menswear and heavy emphasis on streetwear. Milan Fashion week concentrated more on maximalist trends matched with velvets and strange patterns all mixed, matched, and layered together.

Milan Fashion week closed with an Italian fashion classic, Giorgio Armani, debuting his autumn womenswear collection which was dedicated to beautiful dark velvets and fringes.

The main theme of Giorgio Armani’s line was of elegance and sophistication. He stuck to darker colors and washed out shades as a complement instead of using bright colors on suits and outfits. Armani’s prevalent use of velvet fabrics presented that touch of elegance needed to complete the sophisticated theme.

Another talked about collection was Alessandro Michele’s line for Gucci’s womenswear. The graffiti-inspired outfits that jumpstarted Milan Fashion Week were nothing short of bold.

The collection had a feel from different decades like the 80s, 70s, and 20s with its use of bright colors and patterns put together on bomber jackets, suits and long prom dresses.

Dolce and Gabbana’s collection was inspired by Disney princesses, but had a more modern, haute couture appeal with mirrored gowns and fairytale esque clothing.

“Today, everything is possible for the young generation,” said Stefano Gabbana in an interview with Vogue. The duo wanted to express through their clothing line that today’s princesses are independent and determined.

For sophomore SGA representative, Michelle Kellett, Milan’s fashions are a little too different, but it is possible to see these trends off the runway.

“I don’t see students wearing these pieces, but I can see little pieces becoming more familiar in everyday fashion like the printed shirts, I can definitely see that,” said Kellett referring to Prada’s fashion line. “Altogether I don’t think people would wear these exact outfits off the runway, but they are interesting.”

Paris Fashion Week started with bold and bright colors by Dutch designer, Liselore Frowijn. The collection had a colorful array of coats, bomber jackets, robes and layers on display, emitting a bright energy to its clothing theme.

Paris, which is home to luxury brand like Louis Vuitton and Chanel, debuted nine days of catwalk shows and presentations, which started March 2.

Just like Milan, it can be easy to say that the line up for Paris carried themes of maximalism and individualistic styles while making bold statements on the runway.

Christian Dior featured a gothic-glam theme on the runway along with models wearing a dark, bold lipstick while Oliver Rousting’s Balmain line embraced the sensuality of curves.

Paris is known to blend history with creativity so it was interesting to see designers experiment with something out of the ordinary, just like Dolce and Gabbana did in Milan.

Junya Wantanabe stood out from her designer counterparts by incorporating some eye-catching geometry and Japanese Origami into her clothing line.

“I think [Wantanabe’s] line was a little too much, in regards something the everyday person would wear, but it surely looks cool and gives fashion statement,” said Kellett. “Compared to Milan’s fashion week, Paris fashion week had more relatable pieces in their collections that people would definitely wear.”

Other trends that are predictable to come off the runway from this season’s fashion week extravaganza is unisex clothing and athletic wear. Another prediction, as seen in academy awards fashion as well, is more slits and cut-outs appearing in outfits off the runway and also more streetwear fashion, which of course is not a surprising trend.See more at:blue prom dresses