Fall shows so far have been all about glamour and reminiscence. Reaching from the 70’s and even the 50’s, Balenciaga, Carven, Balmain and Nina Ricci presented fashions that linger in the past, but provide a refreshing taste of the present.
Nicolas Ghesquiere’s unique designs for Balenciaga turned the office into a fashion capitol with his idea of creating an alternate world where the runway was the arrival of his female executives to a corporate presentation for Balenciaga Inc. Models emerged in looks that appeared boxy and retro with A-line skirts and turtlenecks. Images of eerily futuristic yet, vintage style took over this designer’s runway.
“Preppy with an edge” is how I would describe this collection that last year was considered an underground label, only known to buyers and other fashion elite. This year it’s clear to see that the fashion world is giving Carven more love. Designer Guillame Henry knows what women want in fashion, presenting more A-line skirts with sexy slits and cut outs, along with pleating and oversized sweaters. The colorful prints are worth noting as well.
Vogue’s Sarah Mower said Balmain designers have brought back the “inimitable, long-dormant spirit of hot French chic.” There is something seriously sexy about the boxy jacket and a velvet pant intermingled with crystals and leather. Models studded the runway with minimalist hair and make-up that gave the fashion enough room to speak for itself.
Peter Copping described his collection as “nostalgia for the present,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. Imagine playing with your grandmother or mother’s closet as a child and that is what appeared on the runway. Playing up the lace, silk and fur, Copping revealed a femininity like that of an old-time movie star.