‘Retro Futurism’ is an exciting concept developing in Milan. Design houses have years of archives to reference for inspiration, and what we find interesting is how the past—specifically the ’60s and ’70s—is being reinvented with a futuristic approach. With a play on proportion, quirky color mixes and geometric patterns, the past has never looked so good!
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–The Fashion Office
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: Etro combines bourgeois formality with lavish, tapestry-inspired looks. The Italian fashion house, known for its artistic textiles, didn’t fail to deliver with geometric, ’70s prints in rich, earthy tones and sumptuous fabrications.
London designers tend to be more about the cult of the individual rather than the same trends showing up in multiple collections. That said, here is our list of the top 10 ideas and themes emerging from across the pond for next fall.
The ’70s influence continues—this time with more of a boho, hippie-deluxe feeling. An intriguing counterpoint to this is the emergence of a hard-edged ’80s new-wave idea paired with a slouchy boot. A darkly glamorous and romantic mood also comes across with lace, new embellishments, tapestry prints and lots of faded vintage winter florals. There are great shearling and statement outerwear options, including the all-important cape, that will help to beat the chill come fall.
1. ’70s BOHO
2. VINTAGE FLORALS
5. ROMANTIC HEROINE
6. ’80s NEW WAVE
7. LACE LUXE
9. TAILORED/FUR HANDBAGS
10. TALL BOOTS
— The Fashion Office
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s London Fashion Week runway shows: Burberry Prorsum swings into the ’70s with plenty of suede, fringe and the must-have boots of the season, while Christopher Kane creates lavish lace nudes that are museum pieces in motion. Plus, Erdem‘s sensual ode to the clutter of a collector and Peter Pilotto offers up ’80s-arcade-inspired chalet chic.
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s London Fashion Week runway shows: Mary Katrantzou explores contrast with Victorian-inspired dimension and sleek, mod silhouettes, all atop a runway landscape of pink foam pyramids; while Topshop gets retro at the historic Tate Britain gallery in decadent ’70s style.
As the shows in New York wind down and the action moves across the pond to London, we’re calling our top 10 must-haves for next fall from all the runway action we’ve seen so far. Shaggy textured furs; polished, tailored coats; slouchy menswear tailoring; slinky, seductive dresses; cozy turtleneck sweaters—we think these items will be the go-to pieces come September. Choose your reference points from the ’70s or the ’90s and keep things grounded with a tough, flat boot and a luxe-looking saddlebag. Enjoy!