8 Fashion Shows That Blew Our Minds This Past Fashion Month
It’s our job to keep track of what happened over the course of fashion month—what trends prevailed, which models seemed to pop up just about everywhere, and which fresh faces we spotted in the front row. That’s a lot to keep track of, so we’re thankful when we attend a show that’s so good we couldn’t help but remember what we saw come down the runway. So I tasked my fellow editors with answering a (nearly) impossible question: “Which show really blew your mind?” Below, see which collections truly spoke to each individual editor (as well as one that was a clear crowd favourite) in NYC, Milan, Paris, etc., and why we’ll be referencing them for the months ahead.
“I’ve loved Paco Rabanne accessories and vintage clothing for a while, but I hadn’t been paying close attention to the ready-to-wear—that is, until now. The collection is a little weird but entirely wearable, which is just how I like my fashion. The house’s signature chainmail was reimagined in prints fit for a vacation, and sarongs were a major theme. The holiday-ready silhouette was also seen at Jaquemus and Balenciaga, both tone-setting shows, so I’m calling it now as the skirt shape of spring 2019.”
“Perhaps it was the timing—i.e., shortly after the Celine runway show in Paris—but Valentino really stuck a chord with me this season because of its ease and elegance. The silhouettes of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collection were so thoughtfully oversize, featuring pleats, statement sleeves, and relaxed proportions. The designs also embodied a healthy portion of drama and glamour (it’s Valentino, for crying out loud), but in a way that always came secondary to the woman who was wearing it. The accessories stood out, too—I mean, look at those hoops!”
“Altuzarra’s spring collection was so refreshing to me. While each look walked down the runway, I had already transported myself on a cool summer vacation wearing the colorful bikini tops and matching printed skirts. I particularly enjoyed the cropped cardigans, which were layered over reworked white button-downs. The drawstring slits were also worth noting—a signature look for Joseph’s aesthetic and design. Safe to say, I’d gladly pack each piece on my next getaway.”
“Stella McCartney was a standout for me this season. She again proved that she can do it all, from gauzy pastel dresses to oversize pantsuits (and everything in between). Plus, she described the collection as her most sustainable yet; I think it’s admirable how she makes the eco-friendly movement exciting and surprising. But will she convince us to start carrying two bags at once?!”
“The Rodarte show was so dreamy, per usual, but the S/S 19 collection felt a bit more grounded than past seasons have. I can’t wait to see which cool girls wear the dresses on the red carpet or even get married in them.”
“While Chanel is, well, Chanel, and arguably always pretty amazing, this season it really blew my mind. Maybe because as someone who doesn’t even like the beach, the entire thing had me wishing I, too, was barefoot walking through the sand in one of Karl Lagerfeld’s impeccable creations. Just choosing a look to highlight here was the longest I had to think about any one thing all day, but I’ve finally settled on #53 because I love the pairing of the one-piece with blue jeans, and the accessories—especially the belt and those soon-to-be It sandals—took it to the next level.”
“One of my favorite shows this season was definitely Area. The show took place late on a Saturday night on the roof of a public school here in New York. The runway was filled with billowy blown-up clouds, which somehow perfectly matched the misty air of the evening. When the models started parading out, the dream-like setting all made sense. There’s always a fantastical quality to Area, which is probably why I’m so drawn to it, and this season was no different. Designers Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg continued to take fashion staples like minidresses, block-heel mules, and blazers to a place unimaginable by draping them in crystals or layering them over them iridescent bike shorts. It’s shows like this (where I experience something truly whimsical) that stand out to me.”
“This season, a new light has been shined on the importance of designing clothes women want to wear—and Karl Lagerfeld did just that at Chanel. The collection was brimming with bright colors, playful silhouettes, and an uplifting attitude that felt like a breath of fresh air during fashion month. Lagerfeld always has a way of reinventing Chanel classics like tweed, pearls, and suiting, but this time around, he paired them with of-the-moment pieces like crystal logo accessories and this season’s ever-popular bike shorts. There’s also no denying the grandeur of the set—this year, a beachfront inside the Grand Palais complete with white sand and lapping waves that brought the show to life. Chanel Beach is definitely a place I want to hang out in.”
“For anyone questioning the staying power of certain key trends this fall, Fendi’s spring collection arrived with the announcement that no, trends like bike shorts, belt bags, and logo prints won’t pass as quickly as we might have expected. In fact, this collection marks an important moment in fashion where we’re seeing streetwear and luxury bleed into one another, and here, Fendi is validating just how powerful streetwear’s influence really is. Venturini Fendi told Vogue, “I’ve seen on Instagram all the young kids wearing their mothers’ Baguettes, so I thought, Well, maybe it’s time.”
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