I realize this is the antithesis of my last post and if I’m being totally honest, I don’t even really like Spring. You could pretty much slap a pumpkin on anything and I’d buy it. You can’t just do that in spring. However - it was just spring fashion week….like a month ago. Retailers are busy planning away their spring seasons (I’m placing orders right now for our spring months…) and it’s time to look forward, just for a bit. You can go grab a pumpkin spice latte after this.
Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs is a perpetual genius. Perusing these looks is what made me excited for spring in the first place. Such great 60s silhouettes with major MAJOR collars and lace detailing. Feminine but not in an overly cutesy way. Plus the whole show was shown on a white carousel. So dreamy.
The final Kate Moss look is so important.
Proenza Schouler. I was hesitant to jump on the Proenza Schouler bandwagon because it seemed like such hip hype. However, the legitimacy of their collections the last few seasons has won me over. They don’t play on trends and stay tried and true to their lines. Loved their infusion of Hawaiian prints and can’t wait to see how that plays out this Spring.
Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton is literally THE woman of the year. She stepped into ginormous shoes as the Creative Director after the tragic passing of Alexander McQueen in 2010 and won the world over in April the second Kate Middleton stepped out her carriage and her wedding dress of the century was showcased. She’s done such an incredible job creating looks that 100% fit the aesthetic of the house, but are innovative and fresh.
I want to wear this red dress every day of my life.
I want someone to wear this to awards season.
Prada. This show was INCREDIBLE. My jaw actually dropped at the teal, pink and black colorblocked dress. This collection had such a Prada vibe with extremely wearable looks.
Valentino. You know how much I love Valentino. And how Valentino: The Last Emperor made me cry. This show got rave reviews as the best collection since the new designers stepped in. I like it, don’t get me wrong.
The long sleeved black dress is clearly very Valentino. And, before I digress, the long sleeved gown is AMAZING, literally GORGEOUS.
But every time Valentino shows it kind of breaks my heart. The house has not been the same since Valentino “retired” in 2007 when an Italian conglomerate bought out the house and essentially ousted Valentino from his own company. None of the looks implicit the same level of design and inspiration. This was so evident in this most recent collection and made me think of an article I recently read (that I REALLY wish I could remember where I read it…) that debates both sides of the question - does capitalism kill art? It’s such an interesting question, especially in the realm of fashion.
When you strip fashion of its art, you’re left with clothing; which in it’s essence is a basic economic need. Fashion perfectly bridges economics and art, which is where the tug of war comes in to play. Capitalism vs. Art. Investors vs. Designers. Who’s winning?
In the case of Valentino, the investors bought out the artistic genius. It’s interesting to wonder who’s dictating what we wear.
Anyways. I’m off my tangent. I wrote my senior thesis on the economics of fashion and explored that topic in a much deeper sense. Also, if the topic interests you I HIGHLY recommend the book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It’s Luster.
I’m over spring. I’m over my tangent. And I can’t wait to wear tweed and knits the rest of the week while drinking pumpkin lattes.