The buzzword in fashion these days is “eclectic”. Nothing says cool like creating your own unique style. Rules are meant to be broken, and it is only the brave that can rise to fashion icon status.
Remember, anything goes. Wildly clashing colours? The visual spectacle definitely helps in creating a statement. Lurid print on print? It speaks of a can-do attitude of someone who is bold and confident.
Designers are very much embracing the idea with runway looks that bring together all forms of personalities. From feminine rebel to uptown bohemian, it is a free-for-all when it comes to dressing the Autumn/Winter 2019 woman.
Here’s a look at the different womenswear collections that feed the need of a more creative crowd.
A Progressive Attitude
Tory Burch is all about being unconventional this season. Floral prints, graphic stripes, menswear materials and romantic silhouettes, these elements all make an appearance in the collection.
The textural mix carries through to accessories. Loafers have a bookish sophistication while high-shine Mary Janes bring a retro girlish allure. In addition, bold glass crystal earrings and pull-on boots channel a 1980s vibe.
According to Tory Burch herself, the designs are inspired by Black Mountain College, a former institution known for its unconventional approach to education and for shaping the trajectory of modern art in the United States.
“This season is a mix-match of revamped classics,” Burch explains. “There’s a modern eccentricity to raw fringe, exaggerated ruffles, knife pleats, cut-glass jewellery, deconstructed bags and sharp boots.”
Dressing With Abandon
Glamour, romance and an individual style. The Michael Kors Autumn/Winter 2019 collection offers a melting pot of styles, taking a person from the fashion runway to the everyday streets.
The designs draw from New York City circa 1970s – and the revellers of famed nightclub, Studio 54. Energetic and high-octane pieces are seen making a case for a frenzied yet beautiful story.
From fluffy wrap coats to sequin T-shirt dresses and slinky jumpsuits – more is definitely more for the label. And nothing is (and ever will be) overly loud or too much it seems.
“New York was a pit, but we were dressed,” Kors told Vogue at the runway show, which was held in February earlier this year.
“Optimism in the face of adversity, it’s the only way you can win.”
All-American Mix Of Styles
Coach is channelling a carefree American West Coast spirit with saturated colours, classic prints and laidback tomboy style. It tells the story of a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Creative director Stuart Vevers infused this season’s collection with iconic Californian elements – skate culture and sun-drenched landscapes. It is inspired by Kaffe Fassett, the artist and knitwear designer who brought colour and pattern to fashion in the 1960s and 1970s.
From ready-to-wear to bags, it features a unique mix match of different colours and pattern, creating a refined vibe evoking a cool sophistication that is seemingly perfect for carefree uptown girls.
“I wanted to move forward and try new things but with some American archetypes for me to ground the colour and print,” Vevers was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“I wanted to let the light in,” he explained.
Gorgeously Grown Up
Vibrant colours, leopard prints and 1970s silhouettes define Kate Spade’s offering for the current season. The aim of creative director Nicola Glass? To dress her own type of glamour girl.
“I was thinking about an insanely glamorous women’s closet, and the types of eclectic pieces you might find there,” Glass told Women’s Wear Daily, backstage at her February runway presentation.
That said, her creations showed restraint. Richer colours complement the loose and flared forms of soft blouses, colour-block wrap dresses and cool jumpsuits. Denim makes an appearance, but as an accent on A-line skirts and pinafore frocks.
Accessories celebrate the grown-up women of today that Glass sees in New York. These include large totes, satchels and cross-body bags, as well as lace-up knee-high boots.
A Little Imperfect
Versace is celebrating grunge for Autumn/Winter 2019. The theme, however, is filtered through a lense of luxury. As seen on the runway, cashmere knits are frayed, while raw-cut edges on colourful tweeds come overlaid with silk bondage straps.
To further highlight contrast, the fashion house paired stockings with slip dresses. Faux furs, on the other hand, are complemented by loud accessories like gold chains and leather boots are dramatised with hardware buckles.
“A little bit of imperfection is the new perfection,” Donatella Versace said at the press conference before her show. She also said she had been thinking about how everyone is obsessed with the screens on their phones.
“The way we live today, online and in Instagram, it’s not really right. There’s a need for a little imperfection,” she pointed out, citing the reason why she turned to the 1990s music genre of grunge.