September marks the official beginning of fashion week for next year’s Spring-Summer collection. But before we spring forward to next season, now’s a good time to visit a few key trends for this Fall by some of the most renowned brands in fashion.
The sheer skirt
The sheer skirt is powerfully suggestive and very sexy. At both Dolce & Gabbana and D&G, full diaphanous skirts with stars and bold prints flowed and danced with the movements of the models as they walked the runway. Roberto Cavalli’s collection, while seemingly exploratory of the “darker” side of femininity, did not fail to showcase a woman’s more delicate side, as well, with select dresses that are sheer from thigh down.
Bold prints almost always have a celebratory feel to them. D&G set the tone for this trend as models sashayed in brightly colored clothes with large alphabet prints. Bold prints were likewise found at Alberta Ferretti as well as at Prada, where color-blocked Mondrian-inspired prints of the ’60s featured prominently on the catwalk. French fashion house Leonard was no exception to this trend, although it must be noted that the house has been producing flora-fauna inspired prints for nearly half a century.
Even online retailer Net-A-Porter.com has showcased this “boy vs girl-masculine vs feminine” trend as part of their fall ad campaign. Gucci translated this look with wide-legged trousers, belted vests and long coats, blazers (in python), and slightly wider than usual fedora hats.
Dolce & Gabbana executed this trend effortlessly by alternating models in feminine and masculine looks, from the house’s signature corset dresses to skinny pants with oversized tuxedo coats and jackets—some of the latter embellished with fur, and even sequins.
Without a doubt, sequins (also known as paillettes in French) add glamour to a dress or a skirt when properly designed. Paillettes, in the form of large fish scales, were evident on Miuccia Prada’s collection, in mixed colors on sleeveless dresses and on coatdresses mixed with fur.
Not to be left out, one of Louis Vuitton’s key looks for Fall includes a Peter Pan-collared dress bedecked with paillettes on the skirt bottom that falls just below the knee.
Ingrid Chua-Go is the publisher of www.thebaghagdiaries.com and is on twitter.com/thebaghag.