FALL 2015 RUNWAY REPORT Ethics of Style Originally, my intentions for this post were to highlight trends for the upcoming season that correlate with reigning lifestyle choices. While ultimately I’m still drawing attention to what’s contemporary, I opted to include current movements that bridged a more habitual direction; pieces that would transcend longer than the time it takes for you to indulge in a mere “trend report” and that probably have already inhabited designated wardrobe space for some time. Without further adieu, here are the designers ——————————————— //MACRO I. À La Mod – I’ll take the ’60s over the ’70s every. single. time. I love its origin; the British modernist overhauled traditional media forms and presented what we know today as ‘pop culture’. Essentially, it redefined our very being. It’s simple and structured, laying the necessary foundations of one’s wardrobe (i.e. black mini skirt, white button up, loafers, etc). With the resurgence of the ’70s folk trend, synchronic within the fashion landscape, I’m happy there’s still an emphasis on the mod subculture. Look for: Miu Miu, Roksanda, David Koma, Jonathan Saunders, Calvin Klein, Prada and A.L.C. Image L to R: A.L.C., Calvin Klein, Acne – via WWD II. Elongated Elegance – Two words: Ribbed knitwear. Last fall, fashion was very much oversized and over-exaggerated in a boastful, maximalist manner. Fall 2015 has a more refined approach, focusing on the tailoring and fit of knitwear; two concepts that often don’t go hand in hand when you think wool and angora. With an elongated silhouette resulting in drawn-out limbs, this minimal movement essentially started as the brain-child of The Row. Look for: Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, Rosetta Getty and Calvin Klein. Image L to R: Stella McCartney, Maiyet, Stella McCartney – via WWD //MICRO I. Costume Cape – Remember how Burberry pretty much coined the billowing patchwork cape last season after Cara Delevigne gave face during their runway debut? Remember just how impossible it was to get your hands on it or anything of the sort? This season, the cape is a little more rigid; emphasis is placed on structure and designers have given short reign to it’s elasticity. Almost Dracula like. Just don’t go doubling it as your Halloween costume as it’s deserving of more. Look for: Delpozo, Gareth Pugh, Creatures of the Wind, Image L to R: Ryan Roche, Sally LaPointe, Michael Kors – via WWD II. Going Grey – I’m all for head-to-toe black and white all over but grey was one shade of either that I could never really get into. Perhaps its that I prefer the darker, more salt and pepper shades as of late that I can get behind its comeback. I’m just not for all 50 shades…(it had to be done). Look for: Theory, Proenza, Stella McCartney, Tibi, Maiyet and Vetements. Image L to R: Stella McCartney, 1205, Stella McCartney – via Style.com III. Cinched Waist – Women have been accentuating their waists since 18th-century corsets and in that regard, this identifiable feminine form is outdated. However, designers this season opted for larger belts and wrap ties to add contrast and colour, often opting for a patent black on fuchsia or olive on grey combination, as a few examples. What was traditionally an ‘under-garment’–not to be seen to the human eye in fear of judgement and sensuous innuendo, acts now as a topical accessories signifying power and presence. Look for: Marni, Acne Studios, House of Holland, Givenchy and Balenciaga. Image L to R: Vionnet, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy – via WWD //STAPLES I. Statement White Blouse – I have yet to find the perfect white blouse. It’s one of those staples that is crucial on days when effortless seems unimaginable yet, how does one master that craft if they haven’t the foolproof silhouette. The statement blouse on the other hand is intended for experimentation–meaning, I’ve got another season or two before I need to obsess over its simplicity. Bow-tie closures, pleats, and victorian lace offer varying alternatives for the duration of our trial-and-error. Look for: Guy Laroche, Dior, Chloe, Michael Kors, Pink Tartan, Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Carven. Image L to R: Creatures of the Wind, Dior, Michael Kors – via WWD II. Floor-length Duster – One of my favourite looks is a maxi duster paired with a shorter-style slip underneath, nylons and a heeled bootie. Something about it resonates a modern day gothic, Stevie Nicks appeal–minus hints of tacky bohemian wear. Wear it belted (i.e cinched waist above^) with a skinny scarf or obi-belt to transform it into a dress for day-wear. Look for: Dior, Calvin Klein, Maison Margeila, Chanel, and Dries Van Noten. Image L to R: Calvin Klein, Chloe, The Row – via VOGUE.com III. Slinky Slip – Because I’ll probably be coveting outerwear pieces exclusively, I’ll need the accompanying slip dresses also…right? Essential for layering, the slinky slip dress adds subtle dimension without over (or under) doing it in the layering department. There’s a reason Jennifer Garner looks so damn good in 30 going on 30, having experienced a distressing revelation post-REM. Look for: Prabal Gurung, Osman, Nina Ricci, Celine, Louis Vuitton and Narciso Rodriguez. Image L to R: Prabal Gurung, Osman, Nina Ricci – via WWD IV. Power Suit – The pant suit has proved undoubtedly to be more of a movement than a fad since the 1980 revival, signifying sheer independence and contrasting traditional roles of femininity within the fashion landscape–an area still requiring guidance. With the uproar of third-wave intersectional feminism in 2015, it remains that varying fashion movements disclose revolutions within society at large. And with Hillary running for office, it was only fair I gave recognition. Look for: Chalayan, Armani, Max Mara, Boss, Versace and Derek Lam. Image L to R: Chalayan, Hugo Boss, Christopher Kane – via WWD – Shop Below – [embedded content] This is an excerpt from the article FALL 2015 RUNWAY REPORT which originally appeared on http://ethcsofstyl.com/.