The Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear shows cast such a wide net of stylistic influence this past March they sparked reverberating chatter about the death of The Trend. It’s undeniable: we live in an era of personal style.
Although a lack of clear direction in some cases might spell stagnation, that is never the case with art and fashion where eclecticism indicates not confusion but alluring room for interpretation. The inspiration gleaned from the collections will vary vastly across individuals, which I think only stands to make things more interesting.
If you care to take a peek through my lens, here are three FW15 moments I’m dreaming of.
Warning: If you’re reading this from the inside of a novelty inflatable pool toy with a glass of rosé in your hand I urge you to abandon this post immediately lest I murder your summer chill.
First up, Rosie Assoulin’s playful interpretation of day-to-night.
When Assoulin pairs fresh white sneakers and slouchy cigarette pants with a dramatic strapless peplum in a heavy material normally reserved for evening-wear, she makes it seem so painfully obvious. Why do I need 37 layers to make a statement when Rosie needs two?
Begging us to toss our rules to the side, Assoulin presents a charming alternative to “appropriate” outfit pairings and it’s making me see my closet with new eyes.
Derek Lam’s glorious granny look does the same but with decidedly less restraint.
Maybe we’ve been heretofore donning our checked and grid-laden skirts, blouses, and coats on separate occasions, but the above ensemble begs the question of why and shuns our smug notions of minimalism. According to Lam, not only should we be wearing them all at once, but we should be grabbing our granniest of floral scarves and our tallest of velvet boots to seal the deal. Power-clashing at its finest.
He is not only giving us permission to dress our bodies with our eyes closed, he’s telling us we might actually be cooler for it. And who isn’t here for that?
Dries Van Noten sings a similar norm-challenging tune.
It’s admirable to marry uptown opulence and downtown cool in a single look, but I’d argue the marriage of sequins and cargo shorts much more extraordinary a feat. Van Noten easily does both by inviting us into the closets of sorority girls and frat boys simultaneously without the slightest sacrifice of our dignity. Kind of genius.
Maybe the tall, pointed ankle boots in a neutral suede are the unsung heroes here. They’re the perfect slimming counterpart to a roomy pair of pants lopped off mid-calf underneath not one but two floral blouses. Adding these to the list.
Does anyone else remember hoarding long $3 tank tops in a rainbow of colors as a bottom-layer mainstay? Replace those with baggier patterned shirts of varying lengths worn all at once and we’re back in business, at least according to Van Noten.
My historical inclination towards neutrals means I’m sorely lacking in ornamental under-layers, but thank dog I now have a reason to wear my sole sequined garment in everyday life.
Creative freedom and corporal comfort are FW15 takeaways I’m clearly a little over-eager to support. But hey, there’s no better time to give our legs some breathing room and make use of our whole closet with little to no regard for the occasion. The designers said we could!