The Show: Louis Vuitton
The Theme: The Showgirl in All of Us
The Color Palette: All black, a tiny bit of blue
About the Collection: THIS, is Marc Jacobs’ final collection for Louis Vuitton- truly the end of an era, that gives us pause and a moment to reflect on what it meant for Jacobs to create a clothing line for the luxury brand from scratch, and the legacy that his successor will have to continue. The opulent head dresses made by milliner Stephen Jones gave the appliqued denim and sheer layers a new purpose, in that the highly decorative opulence elevated the collection to be committed to memory, the final farewell for this great designer, who will continue with his own labels and focusing on his IPO.
The Show: Alexander McQueen
The Theme: ““Mondrian and Picasso in the Early 20th Century”
The Color Palette: Red, white, blue, black
About the Collection: Flappers, gladiators, tribal goddesses, and the modern gal’s mode of dressing was caught on the runway, with Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton utilizing a variety of harnesses, metal, velvet, and even plumage to get the message across.
The Show: Chanel
The Theme: Fashion is Art, or is Art Fashion?
The Color Palette: A rainbow of shades
About the Collection: How many ways can you bouclé? According to Karl Lagerfeld, there are endless silhouettes that Chanel’s signature fabrication will work for, including prim to tattered varieties, and even applying a rainbow of colors to it, as inspired by vintage paint-swatch cards that informed the collection this season. With the question of fashion as art in mind, oversized visual stimulation abounded, via larger than life pearl, leather, and metal necklaces, rings, bracelets, and heavily crocheted knitted gloves, off set by the tiniest of handlebar, quilted handbags.
The Show: Miu Miu
The Theme: A Signature Retro Mix
The Color Palette: Red, pastels, yellow, brown, peach
About the Collection: This season at Miu Miu, Miuccia Prada stuck strongly to her highly recognizable formula of vintage meets unconventional styling in an ugly-chic format. Dramatic Peter Pan collars taken right out of the ’60s and ’70s were a constant this season, as were some lovely cat and fish motifs, that are sure to be a retail success come spring, and most definitely my favorite items from the lineup!