Julia Molin ’17

From New York City to Milan, over the past few weeks, all of the major fashion events in the world have run their course, leaving behind an assortment of trends and artistic components for us to incorporate into our dress.

Although Fashion Week may come across as a gilded abstraction for the world’s wealthiest elite, there are many creative elements to the designs that can serve as great inspiration. One major trend of the season was 70’s bohemian; at Chloé and Isabel Marant’s Spring/Summer 2015 shows, both at Paris Fashion Week, white, flowing dresses and beautiful toffee shades brought that French je ne sais quoi to the trend. At Anna Sui’s collection displayed at New York Fashion Week, bright patterns, crochet, and layering were reminiscent of Milla Jovovich in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. Layers with bright florals, garish patterns, and vivid colors reigned supreme over somber black ensembles; this was represented by Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2015 at Paris Fashion Week show as well as Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection at London Fashion Week. Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2015 was accompanied by a women’s rights protest, bringing social politics into the mix; whether the action is empowering or a romanticization of the superficial elements of feminism is debatable.

Under Alexander Wang’s direction, the minimalist collections for Balenciaga (Paris Fashion Week) and Alexander Wang (New York Fashion Week) embraced a sporty, vaguely androgynous aesthetic more fitting to the modern woman: leather met classic tennis uniform cuts and created an interesting, mixed style of prepster and punk nihilist. At Moschino’s Spring/Summer 2015 show for Milan Fashion Week, Jeremy Scott toned down the austerity often associated with fashion week with a fun collection based on the wardrobe of Barbie™: an array of pink, plastic, and rollerblades created deliciously gaudy outfits and a light atmosphere.

In terms of beauty trends, the classic, clean face held superior; however, in terms of notable trends presented at New York Fashion Week, Rodarte’s bold eyebrows embellished with numerous piercings and the makeup-free faces at Marc Jacobs stood out tremendously. Whether or not one deems fashion an art form or as frivolous, fashion week brings all of the greatest forces in the industry together for a week of excitement and creativity.

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New York Fashion Week Clockwise from the left: Moschino S/S 2015, Chloé S/S 2015, Rodarte S/S 2015 Beauty, Isabel Marant S/S 2015, Anna Sui S/S 2015, Alexander Wang S/S 2015, Burberry S/S 2015, Chanel S/S 2015