Most brands celebrate Resort/Cruise season with festive beachwear or luxury uniforms for leisure activities, but Gucci went a bit darker. As the millennial-approved designer du jour and an aesthetic rebel, designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway in looks exhibiting a twisted view of religion and death. Included were Memento Mori leggings, death masks made from pantyhose, a teddy bear with a fatal wound, tons of huge hair, and an enormous white dress that could either be for a wedding or a ghost (but probably not Gucci Ghost). Click through the slideshow to ponder what kind of statement the Italian house may have been making.
It was a new day at Bottega Veneta. After being helmed by Tomas Maier for 17 years, the fashion house debuted a new look under Daniel Lee for Fall 2019. Interestingly enough, Lee previously worked under Phoebe Philo at Celine—and his vision at Bottega may just fill the Old Celine void currently plaguing the fashion world. Lee’s debut collection was minimal without playing it safe—ranging from edgy leathers to feminine dresses. Quilted leather jackets and skirts kicked things off on a tougher note before a series of dresses with sculptural necklines drew attention to the collar bones. Sparkling out from the pack, mirrored shirt dresses added a bit of unexpected playfulness into the collection. Both feminine and edgy, it was the chic minimalism we’d been missing from Old Celine
With Wednesday Addams hair and a starting point of the startlingly separate themes of "romance and fear," Prada once again delved into a deft mix of pretty and serious. A black wool off-the-shoulder coat and utility jackets somehow mingle perfectly alongside floral lace, pastel furs, and sparkly pumps. The bags are oversized and the shapes are mostly tailored, for the Prada woman who knows she needs to dress the part for her day job—but hasn't given up on her day dreams.
In the realm of PR opportunities, a politician in a poppy coat wouldn't normally rank high on a brand's wish list. But Nancy Pelosi's cinematic power look—featuring a red MaxMara, floor length coat from a 2012 collection—was arguably the unintended PR score of the year. The Speaker of the House wore the coat in question in December to the White House for a discussion about the government shutdown with President Trump. She emerged from the West Wing, shades on, like the chic superhero with an influential vote we were wishing for.
MaxMara is reissuing the Glamis style she wore at the end of March to capitalize on the moment. But the brand's creative director Ian Griffiths channeled that powerful woman vibe for the fall 2019 collection. The Carine Roitfeld-styled runway came complete with colorful, monochromatic fur looks, mixed with more staid, but equally chic beige, layered ensembles. In other words, it's for the modern woman to look fantastic and eye-catching now, and equally so in a half decade from now—or more
All fashion savvy ladies know it's best to get dressed from the shoes, up. Ferragamo took that lesson to heart when it named its footwear designer Paul Andrew to creative director recently. That meant for this collection, the designer was inspired by a 1942 archive shoe with an emphasis on color. Think: color-blocked leather looks and an overall cool, but elegant collection complete with some of the best outerwear we've seen all season.