Hello friends, man it’s been a while. After a year I’m finally feeling ready to get back on the horse. Since 2020 I’ve just felt very lost and uninspired by blogging. But recently I remembered how much this space means to me, and how much I love sharing my outfits and my opinions on fashion so today we’re getting back into it. It might not be the previous schedule but I’m slowly trying to get back into the swing of this.
And without further adieu…
I look forward to September and February every year. Even though I may not attend all three weeks like the bloggers I admire but I still get so excited to see what the designers bring out and what will be inspiring next year’s cycle of ready-to-wear. These were some of the shows that caught my eye for better or worse and some of the trends I’m most excited for:
I loved the Armani show and how they used such a beautiful monochromatic color pallet. They used the most stunning blue fabrics creating suits, and flowing dresses with layers it almost looked like a calming ocean as the models came down the runway.
If you follow me on Instagram or my new favorite platform TikTok where I share my daily outfits, I have been leaning more toward a classic and more masculine feel to my looks and I’m recently obsessed with The Row, so many classic styles, beautiful neutrals this is a brand to invest in.
I’m very biased toward Dior and look forward to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s designs each season. She didn’t disappoint with Spring 2023. Her designs are so recognizable with her very bohemian feel paired with the Christian Dior classic silhouettes, of all the design houses I feel like this one has its legacy alive and well in everything they do. I think that’s why they are my favorite. This collection was a bit of a diversion from her classic lace-up boots with a blazer jacket over skirts. The collection has so many beautiful victorian inspired looks with structured hoop skirts, stunning lace, and bloomers. It was such a fresh Dior collection but was still so recognizably Dior.
I enjoyed their use of oversized zippers but it started to also get very campy, with huge trouser zippers, and giant belt straps through the hem of dresses. The collection felt more costume and less wearable, but also not very artistic like a Loewe or Schiaparelli show. Many of the bags were also comically large. One resembled a pochette if it were carried by a mouse. They also added a bit of whimsy with one model carrying a bag that resembled a little doll house.
I’ve started to admire Loewe only recently. I’ve started getting a growing interest in what the design house has to offer outside its iconic handbags. If you weren’t already a fan of this brand I think this collection is a great one to give a second look. The whimsy of the extra mini knit a-line dresses, to the beautiful exotic flower-inspired looks. I think Loewe did what Vuitton tried. The collection was fun and innovative but most of the items still felt wearable.
Everyone is talking about the Balenciaga show but not just because of Kanye’s offensive outfit choice. They probably had one of the most outrageous runways of the year, having the models walk through a giant mud pit. It felt like it was meant to touch on an apocalyptic feel but felt like a bit of a miss to me. They had their very recognizable oversized space like sunglasses but then there were bright colorful looks that felt very out of place and outdated. This runway show just didn’t do it for me.
Saint Laurent is a show I always have to watch each Paris Fashion Week. Although they never create over-the-top collections they are truly iconic. This collection had the dark and edgy Saint Laurant feel with so many beautifully crafted leather trench coats, slinky see-through dresses, and gorgeous muted colors to break up all the black. Yet another collection anyone would expect from Saint Laurant.
I’ve never really felt like my personal style fit the Chanel aesthetic but I was pretty underwhelmed by this spring collection. It touched on the classic Chanel suits, the typical color palettes as well as silhouettes. Near the end of the show, the collection took a bit of a dark victorian influence with sheer panels, and vampy lips with beautiful textured fabrics which I enjoyed and thought was a cool detour.
This collection was really special, Bottega is known for their use of leather, and of course, with this collection, they showed some of their woven handbags. But they also used leather in some innovative ways, like the denim-looking outfit they put Kate Moss in. Many of their pieces looked like other fabrics but were made of leather. Of course, they had their iconic woven bags and many were made oversized which seems to be a bit trend among designers this season.
Finally, I need to talk about the Gucci show. Of course, the outfits were filled with stunning over-the-top and mixed and matched prints but what made this show stand out was that they doubled each look by putting identical twins down the runway. I think Jared Letto’s met gala look was a nod to this spring runway show.
After watching all the Spring runway shows these are some of the trends that I’m really loving and looking forward to and some trends I’m already trying this fall.
- asymmetrical hems
- blues and lavenders – Armani, Veronica Beard
- oversized bags
- Low Rise
- sheer/ lingerie
Finally, while I love my big design houses there are some lesser-known houses that I think deserve some recognition for the beautiful collections they put out for this fashion month.
- Johanna Oritz – loved her use of bold colors, kelly green, lavender, bright orange
- Rokh – beautiful neutral looks with a deconstructed utilitarian feel
- Anna October – beautiful sheer lingerie-inspired pieces
- GmbH – a really wearable collection
- Zuhair Murad- stunning colors, patterns, and beautiful long silhouettes
- Akris- victorian, beautiful silks and leather
- Elie Saab – use of color, lace, stunning two-piece sets, and gorgeous dresses
- Victoria Beckham- Posh spice killed it! she will always be the queen of chic and her Spring 2023 collection delivered beautifully tailored suits and stunning flowing dresses
- Andrew Gn- stunning use of patterns and bold color
- Luisa Beccaria – perfect tropical vacation collection
- Tanner Fletcher – 1950s cocktail party dream
What was your favorite runway show? What trend are you most excited for?