When I look at the Gucci Real bag that Alessandro Michele created for the label’s 2016 fall collection, I am reminded that a little satire goes a long way in this mad, mad world of fashion.
Ph: Gucci Fall 2016 via Vogue
To shake things up, the new creative director for the label tapped the talents of graffiti artist, Trouble Andrew, to lend his artful hand to bags, skirts, and outerwear for their Gucci Ghost collaboration.
“Trouble Andrew is as much as Gucci as the brand is, the way he uses the logo of the company is by taking it to the streets, it is interesting how our language, started by a family in Florence nearly 100 yeas ago, can be something very contemporary,” said the label’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele, on Gucci’s Instagram page.
This is the second time the label has worked with a graffiti artist to add a bit of street cred to an otherwise very buttoned up aesthetic. And it is partnerships like this one that really get the fashion set excited about what is going on in the industry. This is also why I don’t expect this melding of cultures to be the last for a label that has set out to show the world that it is still here, and still thriving.
When it comes to strategically structured volume and slightly off-beat, tailored separates -by labeling her aesthetic slightly off-beat, I mean in the coolest, it girl, clamoring way possible- Rosie Assoulin is leading the pack.
Forget the delicate flower crowns from last season. Valentino just introduced messy braids and serpentine-inspired gold crowns with their spring 2016 couture collection, and they are sure to carry you into spring with a completely fresh perspective, while also upping your accessory game.
With the minimal lines, mostly muted color palette, and androgynous undertones that held Dion Lee’s latest collection together, some may think that the designer traded in his usual dramatic flair for a much more commercial approach this season.
Titled the Morning After, Francisco Costa created a collection for spring that embodies ease and an undone pursuit of expression. Since taking the helm at Calvin Klein in 2003, Costa has cultivated a culture that is deep-rooted in the idea that less is more. However, the designer has also made sure to do so in a way that has kept the label modern and relevant.
What do you get when you cross the 70’s-inspired flared confections of this season with the cropped skinny trousers of last? A beautifully crafted hybrid called the cropped flare pant.
Seen in many of the resort presentations, this is sure to be a trend that will rule the runways for spring 2016 as well. Alexander Wang
revamped the cropped denim of season’s past, while designers like Lisa Kulson at Theory
modernized the power suit with a hint of the kicked out ankle.
With it’s tighter fit through the leg, extra room at the hem, and a shorter length that allows its wearer to put their favorite footwear on display, this trouser is bound to be some fashion experiment that’s gone very, very right.
Add a little flare to your wardrobe with some of my favorite picks below:
Ricardo Tisci hit the streets of New York to get inspired while creating the Givenchy Resort 2016 collection. And it is this grittiness, coupled with layers of tailored menswear and a muted color palette, that makes the collection completely fresh and inspiring for the upcoming season.
Phs: Vogue.com (remixed by TCS)
From draped dresses to pleated pants, Tisci’s recent take on resortwear was more playful than what we have seen from the designer in season’s past- garbage and semi trucks served as a satirical backdrop to the exquisite garments. However, this departure from the serious and constrained has been a trend that many designers have been working with for several seasons now. And although Tisci did not embrace flats like many others did for resort, he did deploy the kitten heel as a happy medium when it comes to comfortable footwear. The designer also scattered touches of menswear throughout the collection, but made sure to carefully nip in the waists of all his silhouettes, so that his well-known touch of femininity was still present in the pieces.
To see the full collection, click here.