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Runway Report

Sexy, sophisticated and polished looks ruled the international runways


Runway Report

Sexy, sophisticated and polished looks ruled the international runways

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Time warp Urban Warrior Hue turn Architectural digest




Romantech Bonjour poiret Cozy up Texture play
Time warp

A sign of the times was stronger than ever this season, as designers took their cues from decades past: ’20s flapper girls, ’30s elegance, ’40s film noir, ’70s chic and ’80s-inflected glamour were all re-vived for the runway.

How to wear it:
? Look for jackets with strong shoulders or barrel-shaped sleeves.
? Modernize the look with dramatic accessories.
? Updated takes on retro references, such as flapper dresses and ’70s wide-leg trousers, exude period elegance.

Gucci, Christian Dior, Derek Lam

 
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Urban Warrior

Fashion toughened up as designers reworked street-style staples. Parkas, biker jackets and hooded capes were reprised in strong, superluxe fabrics, such as shiny leathers or unconventional furs, de-signed to challenge the urban jungle.

How to wear it:
? Toughened-up cold-weather basics, such as studded elbow-length gloves, act as fashionable pro-tection for battling the elements.
? Layering is key. Padded coats and jackets reinforce a prevailing mood of clothes as self-protection.
? Edgy hardware such as spikes and studs should be worn with attitude.

Marni, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin

 
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Hue turn

Hello, colour. As a counterbalance to the season’s dominant sombre neutrals, designers dazzled with a palette of blazing hues. From boldly beautiful primary hues to rich jewel tones, these shades will lure you from the dark side.

How to wear it:
? Brilliant tones are even more dramatic when colour-blocked.
? The new way to stand out is in head-to-toe eye-popping shades.
? Black accents and trimming subdue the loudest combinations.

Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton

 
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Architectural digest

Designers got serious about structure and form as they played with sculptural lines and high-concept twist-and-turn silhouettes. Winged sleeves, pillowy collars, sky-high platforms, origami folds and other innovative shapes—despite their substantial proportions—reflect an increasingly modernist mood.

How to wear it:
? From luxe and loose to rock-star skinny, the classic suit comes in many delightful guises.
? Balance voluminous skirts with neat, fitted tops.
? This look needs lift: stand tall in towering pumps.

Givenchy, Giles, Moschino

 
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Romantech

Last season’s bold vision of the future evolved into this season’s object of soft romance, as cutting-edge silhouettes in the form of moulded leathers and reflective shine took on a softer, sweeter and less aggressive look. This is futurism at its most feminine, alluring best.

How to wear it:
? A molten gold or gunmetal gown in light and fluid fabrics personifies modern pretty.
? Opt for long, flowing shapes to feminize futuristic shine.

Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Marni

 
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Bonjour poiret

Turn-of-the-century designer Paul Poiret received a welcome revival, as everyone from rising stars to the seasoned masters were inspired by the French couturier’s cocoon coats, signature rose prints and Art Deco aesthetic.

How to wear it:
? Indulge in the look with fur trim and rich embellishment.
? Flapper frocks and opulently embellished drop-waist silhouettes are wearable hallmarks of Poiret’s age.
? Pair bucket hats with fur-trimmed coats and belted sweater dresses.

Proenza Schouler, Alberta Ferretti, Vera Wang

 
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Cozy up

It’s the season of the stitch, as designers got the woollies. Once again, knits are big, but in more ways than one, as bundling got beefed up for fall. From stellar sweater doyenne Sonia Rykiel’s popcorns and cables to Ms. McCartney’s cheeky take on the Fair Isle classic, luxuriously chunky knits ruled the day—and spread the love on thick.

How to wear it:
? Chunky cardigans contrast well with skimpy dresses or skinny trousers. Either
way, your knits should be worn as a single statement piece.
? Belts rein in extreme volumes and super-slouchy sweaters.
? Long cardis are a great alternative to a coat.

Chanel, Fendi, Sophia Kokosalaki

 
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Texture play

Fabrics went multifaceted, as designers played with new textures and innovative treatments. The fluffiest, furriest examples of fall’s texture story (apart from wild furs themselves) were festooned with feathers and fringe, while glossy-looking leathers and intricate pleating enlivened the runway looks.

How to wear it:
? Mix multiple touches of texture—be it a shaggy
jacket with a tailored tweed suit—in a single ensemble. The mélange of mediums is the freshest way to wear the look right now.
? Pin tucks and pleats lend a couture-like sophistication.

Stella McCartney, Burberry Prorsum, D&G

 
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