Distancing themselves from the digital microprints that were once their bread and butter, Peter Pilotto‘s designers offered a collection of winter wears as practical as they were opulent.Looking to nature and the northern landscape as inspiration for their tactile fall showcase, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos added colors and textures evocative of icy winter scenery. Majestic sweeping hemlines, fluid silks, luxe furs and lace added a soft, Nordic feel with abstract swirling chenille embroidery and delicate knitwear offering substance. Large pinstripe pantsuits were more lackluster, but tiered ruffles on Lurex lace two-pieces joined rippling metallic frocks to close out the show with a bang.
Christopher Bailey pretty much always shows Burberry in Hyde Park, either on this side or that side, across from a monument or next to a landmark. Typically under a high-tech tent, typically with an incredible musical guest. Tradition is a Burberry thing. The twist on it is a Bailey thing.
The tradition for spring ’16—in addition to the giant and immaculate tent, this time under the shadow of the Albert Memorial—includes the range you love: trenches, military references, ultra-English gowns and short, go-anywhere fit-and-flare dresses from sheer to knit.
The tweak to spring ’16 is a sort of tough girl, noir-bling vibe. Monogrammed backpacks and platform slide sandals in black carried big gold accents, and moto jackets and streetwear elements (hello, navy sweatshirt cape! styled with lace!) colored in the rest of the heavy-metal scene.
Right in between the two (tradition and twist, that is), performing on the runway inside an orchestra pit, was bluesy songstress Alison Moyet. Like an underscore to the Bailey-at-Burberry balance, the music-loving creative director’s choice this time around is a timeless siren and a strong, bold force. Her moving performance is available as a download on Burberry’s newly launched Apple Music channel; may we recommend listening to it while you check out the runway looks she sang her heart out to?
We all know and love Nausheen Shah here on The Thread. She’s such a delight, both as a person and a fashion maven. This monochromatic look is undeniably chic and Milanese. I love the grommet details on Nausheen’s trench, as they add a little flair to a classic piece. A vibrant clutch injects some color.
Sometimes simplicity stands out. Fiona’s minimalist look is understated and lovely. She’s subtly representing the ’70s trend with her flares and loafers, but her sleek white coat is minimalist modern. A chunky knit turtleneck is ultra trendy and the must-have item of the season.
Another day of Fashion Week, another killer outfit from Kerry Pieri! A nautical striped turtleneck and light leather pencil skirt look fresh and springy. Kerry’s chambray denim trench is a great update on a classic cut and the perfect layer for the crazy London weather. Snakeskin footwear is everywhere, and these platform booties add some refined edge to this casual-cute look.
The Balmain show was absolutely bananas. There were a million people running around and the energy level was at a fever pitch. Luckily, Dasha and I found a tiny space of calm amidst the screaming fans and honking cars. Dasha’s look is modern and sporty, but with a balancing dose of femininity. Her bright leather crop top is amazing, and I like that Dasha added some vibrant color to her look. The sleek lines are simply chic. Love that slouchy clutch, too!
xo,sh Crystal Nicodemus
I have to admit, I am totally taken with Coco Rocha. She’s one of my fave models of the moment, thanks to her fun personality and amazing bone structure. She always seems like she’s having a great time, so it was a pleasure to meet her and find out that she is just as charming in person.
Coco has the model style down pat: skinny jeans, sleek moto jacket, and clean layers. Keep it up, Mademoiselle Coco!
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Layers are huge at Fashion Week this season. Luckily, the double jacket look is both trendy and warm! The addition of a black leather layer and chunky boots adds a little toughness to an otherwise femme look.
I like how accessible and versatile Paulina’s outfit is. She can go straight from the office to dinner and a show. During Fashion Week, there’s just never enough time in the day, and it’s crucial to have that sartorial flexibility.
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There’s something really striking about this lovely lady’s look. Her full skirt and glitzy statement necklace are über-feminine, but her moto jacket is edgy and cool. If you haven’t noticed already, I love a good genre mix.
If the runways this week have told us anything, it’s that the tough girl is coming back in full force. I can’t wait!
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