Drawing inspiration from Indonesia’s rich heritage, Biyan Wanaatmadja creates elaborately adorned pieces with the most exquisite embroidery and ornate details. Frocks from his spring collection are worthy of nymphs and fairy tale princesses . . . so lovely.
Our love affair with Erdem continues with another glorious chapter of anglaise lace and English-garden flower prints in rich navy blues, vibrant pinks, and classic kelly greens. For his pre-fall collection, however, Erdem Moralioglu tweaked expectations with the introduction of leather and plastic. Who else is brilliant enough to take rose-printed silk, cut it into a tweedy houndstooth pattern, hand sew it onto a PVC raincoat, and still manage to make it look elegant and ladylike?! Only Erdem . . .
Inspired by early 20th century Russian avant-garde motifs, suprematist art, futurism, ballet costumes, and graphic arts, Kelly Wearstler‘s focus for pre-fall was all about how shapes and textures play off each other. Her background as an interior designer translated into strategically cut clean lines in unsuspecting places, wonderful embroidery details and all in all, architecturally stunning looks.
Tory Burch‘s pre-fall collection was inspired by a single military coat, which once belonged to her mother, that Tory has been wearing for years. From there, it was all about pairing the coat with details such as cotton fringed hemlines, oversized rhinestones, embellished floral patterns, and ethnic-inspired weavings. The collection is stunning yet understated in it’s muted and grounded color pallet. Love!
Was there a relationship in history as dramatic and emotional as the one between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots? Not according to Karl Lagerfeld, who was inspired by the ill-fated Queen of Scotland when creating his pre-fall collection for Chanel. Drop-waisted kilt-pleated coats, tartan and tweed jackets, and Elizabethan ruffled necklines came down the runway in the courtyard of Linlithgow Palace in Scotland. Coco Chanel actually had close ties to Scotland and learned about tweed and knitwear from Barrie Knitwear, which recently was acquired by Chanel. Bravo, Karl, on another utterly amazing spectacle!
Inspired by vintage Harley Davidsons and Danny Lyon’s book Bikeriders, Phillip Lim inserted touches of rebellion and free spirited elegance into his pre-fall collection. Lim’s fall teaser, including leather tops and pants, zipper details, thigh high leather boots, side-zip sweatshirts in spongy techno-jersey, and a recurring phoenix motif, had us excited to see more come February.