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"I like real clothes. I think there's a need for a return to elegance and sophistication," the new creative director, Daniel Lee said after the pre-fall collection. Lee experimented with tonal colors and simple silhouettes to create memorable pieces. Lots of quilting, intricately constructed leather, and unique square shaped textures were paired with bulky black boots or elegant ivory pumps. This was a bold collection for traditional Bottega Veneta collections, but definitely delightful. Going to nice to see what Lee does with Veneta's line in the seasons to come.
Francesco Risso's hippy upbringing influenced the dichotomy of this years collection. He wanted to create something wearable and exciting with a 30s athletes aesthetic in mind. Marni is known for its colorful prints and clashing fabrics of stunning leisurewear. This yin and yang collection was filled with double chains in both gold and silver hanging from the neck, square block patterned dresses which were half white and half red, and pixilated patterns in hues of salmon pink and bright rose. It was an eclectic mix of sporty grunge — styles that will likely take over the street style crowd next fashion month.
Donatella Versace tailored Versace's fall collection around their iconic moments in history, starting with Elizabeth Hurley's legendary safety pin dress which put her on the celebrity map in 1994. Sleek black dresses with smaller safety pins and gold beading closed the show and we can't wait to see who wears those on the red carpet this year!
As far as the beginning of the show went, early 90s grunge is back in style. We saw lots of dark plaid prints, white tennis shoes, layering of knits, and gold ribbons tied in bows. Versace explained that this collection showcased, "the grandeur of the 90s."