Pre-Fall collections are here and I still feel like summer was just yesterday. Time just doesn’t stop so we better start looking at what we’ll be wearing next fall.
You can always expect Chanel to put on a show, no matter the season. This time, for the pre-fall 2017 presentation, the background is extra special, the hotel Ritz in Paris. Coco Chanel actually lived in the hotel at one stage so you can say that Karl was playing at home. It’s always so hard for me to talk about Chanel collections because although truly marvelous and wearable pieces of art, they never spark any emotions on me. I’ll try and surpass all of this and talk about what possible trends you can pick up from this collection.
One thing that immediatly stands out is the pants length or lack of it. A lot of models sported pantsuits with leggings that could almost be considered shorts. Another street style staple stand out was the Chanel version of the puffer jacket. This can only mean that investing in a cool puffer is mandatory since Chanel is prolonging this trend for the fall of 2017. It’s hard to pin point an exact inspiration behind the whole collection, I guess it’s just the same formula. Checking out the street trends and giving them the “Chanel wash” Karl does so well.
The latest Coach 1941 collection is the definitive acclamation of it’s head designer Stuart Vevers. What Alessandro did for Gucci is what Vevers is doing for Coach. Coach is now a brand demanding to be taken seriously, a brand whose pre-fall show attendance is now a mandatory. If you can consider imitation a form of flattery then you can understand the status this brand has achieved since every fast fashion brand has replicated the shearling coats, rough boots and varsity jackets.
This young and relaxed collection is once again inspired by the english designers obsession with americana visual culture. This time around the revisited prairie flower-y dresses just left me with a strong 90’s impression. However the 70’s knits paired with another big upcoming trend for next fall, the flare pants, just tell us that we’re in for another season of 70’s domination.
Erdem can do romance without lace or tule like no one can. These 1940’s inspired silhouettes are taken to another level with the exuberance of the flower and animal prints. You can be reassured that pairing a check shirt dress on top of a flower print dress is actually a safe choice. Erdem shows you how to do it, how to be bold with conservative silhouettes that include neck ties and cinched waits. Another honorable mention is the velvet platforms or heels paired with printed tights, just up my alley.
Victoria Beckham just keeps getting better and better rivaling with other amazing designers. I have to say that when I first looked at the collection I felt it was too close to the Céline esthetic but everything changed when I saw this knit printed dress paired with the sky blue shirt underneath. This look is so refreshing that I feel brings the entire collection together.
What I take away from VB pre-fall 2017 is that long silhouettes are still going strong, from mid length skirts and dresses to long pink coats. Speaking of long pink coats, you better start accepting that you will have to get one because they’re gonna be strong next year. This makes me happy considering I already own two.
One word just comes to ming when I look at this collection: Need. This. Now. Ok, you got me, three words come to mind. What a beautiful collection filled with unexpected brilliancy. The retro vibe is your clear first impression but when you take a closer look you start seeing the details that make it such a special design effort.
Check out the entire collection here and pay attention to a grey pantsuit with cargo pants with an elasticated hem, wow, just wow. After you recover from that just loose yourself in the sport-y glances you can catch here and there. Fendi is also transitioning two of the biggest trends from this past fall, colored fur and sock boots.