We, fashion people, like to look ahead and predict the future; but as it turns out, twice a year revelations are no longer acceptable or enough. It seems that customers want more and are no longer willing to wear an outfit more than once….let’s face it nowadays people live for the gram. “I have enough clothes,” said no woman ever and brands have encouraged that thought and capitalize on it. For the past few years, luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and Burberry decided to add into their bi-annual shows, showcasing pre-seasonal collections that are often designated for vacation.
Just three months after the Fall shows, some high fashion brands have released their latest collections via lookbooks and fashion shows which will be available in stores, between November and February. In the meantime, here’s what we have to look forward to: checks are officially back, PVC is not going anywhere, so we better get used to plastic being a luxury product (sigh). Polka dots are set to be a trend again, color blocking will make a major come back, and floral prints apparently will never die!CHANEL
This season, took off in a room that resembled a port deck, once again the Grand Palais was utterly transformed into a fashion dream, and we have Karl Lagerfeld to thank for it. The “La Pausa” ship took centre stage, as models led by Adut Akech walked by with striped pants and Chanel’s logo sweaters. As per usual, hair accessories were a significant part of the styling, and of course, the traditional Chanel tweed was used in different colors, but we have to say the power suit in pastel blue was on point! If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to Chanel it’s their accessories; the different necklaces with the large Chanel logo pendants were to die for, and the throw ring pendant necklace is as of now in our wishlist. It looks like Karl is low key, giving us style tips on how to mix and match modern wear with vintage pieces and we’re totally here for it! The collection went from white has a predominant color, pastel blues and pink, light greys, a PVC dress of course and to finish off a striking blue that reminded us of the ocean. We must add that the pink striped shirt in the twentieth look, is a definite must-have, pair it with fitted pants and you’ll have an exquisite look. Of course, no Chanel wishlist is complete without the bags and although we spotted a few that deserve to be in our closet if we had to choose the black oval clutch with the inscription “La Pausa” is officially a necessity and so is the miniature throw ring bag in black and white!
It seems designers never got a grasp on Miranda Presley’s message, so let us repeat: floral for spring is not groundbreaking people! Thankfully, it wasn’t the only past trend that they took reference from. It seems as if the designer Alice, went back to the trends that were once in and tried to make them cool again. For the most part, she succeeded, but we can’t say that for the star pattern that she included which was a thing more than 4 seasons ago. It wasn’t chic then and it surely won’t be now! However, the brand gave checks a new spin. And for that hats off. They were indeed an essential element of this collection, and although the pattern has been an ongoing and off again trend, with their Resort 2019 collection, Temperley London is showing us a different way to wear it. Who knew checks could be feminine and edgy at the same time? As this Resort collection was inspired by motor racing, we have to say that we loved all the sporty twist elements of the collection, from the bumper jackets, tire track patterns to the arrow signs. However, we did feel that the pyjama looks were a bit forced and most of the prints had too much going on, they had the type of colors and designs that can really hurt someone’s eyes. Everyone loves a proper cocktail dress and in this region, nothing beats finding a dress that doesn’t need alterations when wanting to go for a modest look. With the added ponchos, kaftans and leather jackets, this 33 look collection has a piece for every type of woman, not to mention that the black and white tracksuit is something that we’d opt for in a heartbeat in our lazy days.OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Now, this is what we call a well designed, well thought out resort collection! From the color palette to the silhouettes, the attention to details in each look, the prints, and embroidery, we could go on and on, all to say that this collection is PER-FEC-TION! The designers really outdid themselves, and we can’t wait to see more from them. Honestly craving for more here! We would like to believe that the designers took serious inspiration from all the Royal Wedding buzz as most of the outfits contained an element of poise and elegance but most of all were fit for a royal. It wouldn’t be surprising as creative directors, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia designed Doria Ragland’s dress for her daughter’s wedding, the now Duchess of Sussex. It’s possible that inspiration weren’t just in the clothes since they chose to have two girls from two different race to model the collection. The second look is an absolute stunner and the yellow power suit will without a doubt turn heads. The white ball gown with the faded blue-ish print is guaranteed to give you a total princess moment. The same goes for the before final look, the beautiful black, and white cocktail dress. The collection includes pieces for formal events, a night out, a walk in the park and just your usual Sunday brunch.
By Anne-Isabelle Saint-Pierre