A: I was honored to attend some of the top fashion shows this year including Chanel, Christophe Joss, Schiaparelli, Ralph and Russo, Dolce, and John Paul Gualtier. They all had their own highlights and memorable moments. Chanel consisted of gorgeous and incredibly heavy fabrics with lots of rhinestones and glitter; most of the pieces showcased evening elegant and the detail and handwork were long. The Joss show comprised an entire line of creams that were very wearable, including materials like silk, wool, and cotton; the pieces were detailed, elegantly simple and flowy. Hot pink seemed to be Schiaparelli’s color this year with a line attributed to Africa, consisting of capes, headdresses and lots of hemp and ostrich feathers. Ralph and Russo were using orange and fuchsia with structured pieces that included flowing dresses with capes attached. Dolce was quite impressive this year with a 4-day event that encompassed jewelry and clothing; there was lots of floral, pastels, fur coats and lace. Punctuating these were plenty of ostrich feathers and evening gowns fit for Princesses. The theme for the Gualtier show was the tuxedo; everything was black and tuxedo, with jumpsuits, overalls and satins on display.
A: Consumers are looking at marriage differently now and the LGBT community is wearing nontraditional wedding outfits. Also, people are doing more minimalistic and destination weddings, including those on the beach, so traditional wedding outfits with full gowns and trains do not work anymore.
A: Well, I feel like the 80’s are coming back for one thing! Although black is still a big color for every major city and fashion designer, it seems designers are trying to show more “pop” colors, push the envelope and incorporate more “fun” and bright shades. It’s as if designers are looking in women’s closets and seeing mostly white or cream and are trying to “force” more color. In addition, I believe the fashion industry is realizing there are no longer seasons because most clients that buy haute couture are traveling all the time and want to be able to wear their clothes in all locations and types of weather.