Saturday, October 29, 2016

Monthly Review: September & October

Fashion week is done and dusted. Or is it? Well, it’s always fashion week somewhere. Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, St Petersburg all took place after Paris Fashion Week completed in early October. There were great collections this season; there were mediocre collections; there were poor collections this season. You could say that’s the same for every season, but this season was particularly intense. Personal favourites included Faustine Steinmetz, Simone Rocha, and Off-White. 

’Twas a turbulent season. Between Gigi Hadid being manhandled in Milan, Kim Kardashian West being relieved of her jewellery in Paris, the lack of racial and body representation, the arrival of new creative directors, the first fashion week before Brexit, the last ahead of the US presidential election. It is a strange time for fashion—truly.

There have been more designer departures. Consuelo Castiglioni, designer at Marni, will be leaving the brand. Her cerebral fashions have inspired endlessly. The Italian designer portrayed womanhood in a riveting manner. It will be sad to see her go. Her replacement is Francesco Risso, who joins from Prada. Peter Dundas is out at Roberto Cavalli, after under two years. Ditto, Alexis Martial & Adrien Caillaudaud at Carven. (Carven shuttered their menswear division this summer; turbulent times for the brand, perhaps?) Justin O’Shea’s creative directorship at Brioni, an Italian tailoring brand famed for its suiting, was short-lived, lasting six months, no less. If it isn’t already clear by now, fashion is becoming more and more like football/soccer.
In sad news, Australian designer Richard Nicoll, who found creative success at London Fashion Week, passed away of a heart attack on October 21. The designer was magnificent member of the London fashion renaissance. He shuttered his namesake label in 2015, Spring 2015 his last outing on the LFW schedule. My personal favourite collection of his was Fall 2010. A thrilling film noir portrayal of the modern working woman it was; equipped with rich, dark hues and sumptuous silhouettes. He will be missed. 

On a personal note, I was delighted to have my first freelance article published by Fashionista.com. The piece had been in the works for quite some time and was finally published on September 20. In the article I share my London Fashion Week experiences, having been attending since I was 13-years-old. You can read the article here. I am excited to share that there will be more freelance articles in the coming months.
All images are my own

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